Towel clip retraction: an old companion for the lone hand surgeon

Towel clip retraction: an old companion for the lone hand surgeon Eur J Plast Surg (2003) 26:271–272 DOI 10.1007/s00238-003-0543-4 LETTER T O THE EDIT OR J. Odili · P. Govilkar · A. F. S. Flemming Published online: 26 August 2003 © Springer-Verlag 2003 Dear Sir, Historically towel clips have been used to help prepare various parts of the body for operation. More recently al- ternative uses for the towel clip have been reported, from the reduction of facial fractures [4, 5] to hemorrhoidecto- my [1]. The towel clip also serves as a useful hand hold- ing device. Hand holding devices allow the unassisted surgeon to operate on various digits of the hand whilst retracting and immobilising other digits. They allow ade- quate access to the dorsal and palmar surfaces of the hand as well as the ulnar and radial borders. The lead hand is the most widely used hand restraint [2], but whilst ideal for the palmar surface is less suited for the dorsum. The rubber glove has also been used to hold fin- gers extended over a stack of towels [6]. More elaborate hand-holding devices such as that designed by Strickland and the Rotalok surgical hand table [3] are also avail- Fig. 1 Towel clip retraction of digits able. European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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