If you're enslaved to retractor-mounted basket rakes and plate hooks you've probably already grumbled to yourself, if not to your staff, "I NEED TO SEE !!"
If you're a surgeon, that statement probably sums up the No.1 pet peeve you may have with conventional basket and plate hook rakes.
CORONEO's COR-VALV system (intercostal variant shown to the left) helps you get the best exposure for valve surgery. COV-VALV offers a stable platform and an Atrial retractor that maximizes mitral valve exposure, all within your direct control for both sternotomy and intercostal approaches. And we even have an Aortic retractor that mounts on the same platform.
The COR-VALV retractors were borne out of the visionary guidance of Dr. Raymond CARTIER of the Montreal Heart Institute. He guided its refinement to the level of maturity found today on the product.
Particularly popular instruments, the atrial and aortic retractors have three fingers that can be adjusted to provide varying widths of retraction on the tissue. Rotating a knob on the proximal end of the retractor pulls a cable attached to the finger linkage and either spreads or gathers the fingers. The knob at the proximal end benefits from the anti-friction properties of ball bearings safely tucked away and staked, and easily flushable under a faucet.
The fingers on the retractor are pivotted so that they will always orient themselves in the direction least traumatic to the tissue.
When you buy the COR-VALV system you get the Sternum Retractor of your choice, the clamping system, and two tissue retractors, one for atrial retraction and one for aortic retraction.
Aortic retraction? Some surgeons can't do without it once they try it. Just ask the visionary surgeon who guided its design. The aortic retractor will minimize the distoriton to the aortic valve compared to placing stay sutures. Whereas the atrial retractor is used to apply a considerable load to the tissue, the aortic retractor is intended to only reorient the aortic valve such that it might provide the surgeon and assistant a more comfortable viewing angle.
If you're not satisfied with the exposure of the mitral valve using your current methods, or you find that it's a little crowded around the patient in the operating room, you're probably wishing that your assistant could free one or both hands. There's no better option on the market than to use the CORONEO COR-VALV atrial retractor. The atrial retractor is designed specifically for the Left Atrial retraction through a sternotomy. When mounted on the sternum retractor with the universal clamping system you can directly control its position and orientation giving yourself the best view of the task at hand.