Irvine, CA (PRWEB) January 10, 2008
Millions of surgeries are performed each year around the world. During those procedures a wound is made and access is gained to deeper structures in the body. To gain better visibility and hold obstructive tissue out of the way, surgeons use instruments known as retractors.
For the most part retractors are large bulky stainless steel instruments based on relatively old technology. Because these reusable devices are cumbersome they require significant set-up time including sterilization, assembly and adjustment, plus often require additional manpower to hold the retractor in place.
Big and bulky retractors in smaller wounds can actually obscure the view they are trying to improve. The operator's hands can get in the way and obscure much needed light, and the height of the retractors can force surgeons to work over them, making their task harder.
ReeTrakt is the new generation of disposable soft-tissue surgical retractor systems providing complete retraction flexibility and optimal exposure of view in a variety of surgical procedures. It has been designed in conjunction with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore for surgeons to gently retract and secure the delicate soft tissue away from the operative site. Apart from being designed to make access to surgery easier and more efficient, ReeTrakt is also designed to minimize tissue trauma, optimize retraction force and lower the risk of infection. ReeTrakt allows the surgeon to perform the procedure with less assistance, in some cases facilitating procedures to even be performed single-handedly.
"ReeTrakt introduces a novel concept for use in pelvic organ prolapse (POP). The placement of four hooks (two superiorly and two inferiorly) could completely replace the need for a second assistant. It should allow a much better field of view and improved access," said Dr Mark Slack, Head of Department, Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, U.K.
Because of the versatility of ReeTrakt's design, which can be customized and catered to a wide variety of surgical procedures, it is anticipated that ReeTrakt will eventually be used in dozens of types of surgical procedures on a global basis.
ReeTrakt is now commercially available in the US and Europe through Insightra® Medical, Inc, located in Irvine, California.
About Insightra Medical Inc.
Insightra Medical Inc is an Irvine, California based medical device company. Insightra is focused on discovering early medical device technologies and accelerating them to market. The company owns a significant patent estate and have several products commercially available worldwide.
For more information visit http://www.insightra.com
About Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a research-intensive university ranked among the top 20 technological universities. The university has two campuses in Singapore. The Yunnan Garden campus, NTU's main campus, is located in the southwestern part of Singapore. The NTU@one-north campus, home to educational and alumni clubhouse facilities, is located near Singapore's biomedical research hub,
Biopolis; and the new infocomm and media hub, Fusionopolis.
NTU has four colleges comprising 12 schools. The College of Engineering comprises six schools focused on technology and innovation. Its research output ranks among the top four in the world. The College of Science pushes the boundaries of Singapore's life sciences initiatives. The Nanyang Business School (the College of Business) offers one of the world's top 100 MBA programmes. The College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences boasts Singapore's first professional art school offering degree courses in art, design and interactive digital media, the Humanities and Social Science School, and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, a top journalism and media school in Asia.
The 13th school, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, was inaugurated on 1 January 2007. An important component of this autonomous school is the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, long recognised as a world authority on strategic studies and terrorism. NTU is also home to the internationally-acclaimed National Institute of Education, Singapore's only teacher-training institute.
NTU has in place multi-country programmes and initiatives with established institutions worldwide. Key partners include MIT, Stanford University, Cornell University, Caltech, University of Washington, Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University in USA, Peking University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Waseda University, Indian Institute of Technology in Asia, Cambridge University, Imperial College and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Europe.
For more information, visit http://www.ntu.edu.sg