Plastic surgery needs sharp retraction?

One of the most versatile products we have ever launched: Galaxy II Surgical retractor. There seems to be no end to what procedures they are used in!

We will start a long list of procedures as you tell us about them here. Send us an email if you have a new one to add to the list on

Skin hooks and regular retractors are preferred in most plastic surgery procedures, since they allow for precise tissue manipulation during the procedure and, because of their design, do not crush tissue during retraction. They may have single, double or triple prongs with sharp or blunt tips. The double-pronged skin hooks provide better holding power, even though the single-pronged skin hooks are used more frequently. Sharp-tipped hooks are preferable to the blunt tips for better ability to perform skin eversion and for maintaining better visualization.” (source)

Many plastic surgeons tend to use only hook stays and not the frame, which works just fine.

Quotes from users in all sorts of different procedures tells us that the retractor add value in many ways:

  • “It frees up my assistant to hold my sutures” 
  • “It allows my students to see what I am doing”
  • “…in complex procedures with deeper dissection I want as much exposure and light as I can get, and the operating theatre is crowded enough anyway”
  • “The consistency! That’s what I appreciate the most. It doesn’t move, shift or need a wee or get a back ache!” 

(That last one made us chuckle! Poor nurses 🙂 )

Another type of patient that seems to (perhaps surprisingly) seem to benefit from the sharp hook stays are elderly patients with fragile tissue. Because the hook tip is so delicate and so perfectly shaped, it doesn’t slip, and therefor doesn’t tear the tissue. However, some feedback has also come back saying the 12mm blunt hooks are better here as they grab more tissue.

In the end of the day, it seems to be a personal choice based on how surgeons prefer to operate and what procedure Galaxy II is used for.