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by Stephanie Myers, Research + Development / Product Manager USING ONE OF OUR LIGHT ACCESSORIES AND EXPERIENCING DIMINISHING LIGHT OR DIMNESS? Thompson Lite Wand Xe and Retractor Lite Xe lighting accessories are excellent products that help provide Uncompromised Exposure by increasing visibility in the operative field, reducing shadows from overhead... Read more »


UROLOGICAL AND GYNECOLOGICAL ONCOLOGY The Thompson Liver Transplant/Resection system provides the unsurpassed exposure and visibility that is needed for any major abdominal surgery. Because of this, the Liver System has become a top rated system among surgical Oncologists. In response, Thompson launched a Bilateral Abdominal Urology System and Bilateral GYN... Read more »

New Product Solution from Thompson Surgical: Cam III Joint

  The NEW Cam III Joint was designed to allow our customers an easier way to remove our clip-on cam handles from frame arms. The new design allows a customer to easily “pinch” the joint, releasing it from the frame arm in one simple movement. As always, Thompson would be... Read more »

Aluminum Vs. Titanium Blades

The Difference Between Aluminum and Titanium At Thompson our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible product on the market, allowing them to achieve Uncompromised Exposure.  As a result of this, in 2008 we switched all of our radiolucent blades from aluminum to titanium. This decision was... Read more »

Thompson Surgical Instruments Announces New Radiolucent Hepatobiliary Retractor

TRAVERSE CITY, MI, July 21, 2014 – Thompson Surgical Instruments, Inc., manufacturer of the Thompson Retractor, is expanding its product offering to include a specialized radiolucent blade kit for hepatobiliary surgeons performing open cholangiograms. Traditionally, performing cholangiograms during an open surgical procedure is challenging because retractor blades often obstruct the... Read more »

Thompson Surgical Awarded Patent for the Bolling Retractor

Feb 17th, 2014 – Thompson Surgical is pleased to announce that the Bolling Retractor has been awarded a patent from the United States Patent Office. The Bolling Retractor is the lowest profile mitral valve retractor on the market and provides surgeons with unmatched stability and exposure compared to the competition. The Bolling Retractor is... Read more »

Surgical Responsiblities in the Management of Peritoneal Carcinomatosis

“The abdominal cavity is opened through a midline incision from xiphoid to pubis. Generous abdominal exposure is achieved through the use of a Thompson Self-Retaining Retractor (Thompson Surgical Instruments, Inc., Traverse City, MI, USA)” Surgical Responsibilities in the Management of Peritoneal Carcinomatosis, PH Sugarbaker – Journal of Surgical Oncology, 2010... Read more »

A Technique for Safely Teaching Major Hepatectomy to Surgical Residents

“The Thompson-Farley retractor (Thompson Surgical Instruments, Inc., Traverse City, MI, USA) works very well for this procedure because it provides adequate traction to elevate the costal margin away from the liver, and it is not limited by the rigid and minimally adjustable framework of a ring” Techniques of Delivering Hyperthermic... Read more »

The Anatomic Radical Perineal Prostatectomy: An Outcomes-Based Evolution

“A fixed retraction system, such as the Thompson Retractor (Thompson Surgical Instruments, Inc., Traverse City, MI, USA), greatly facilitates exposure and frees up the surgical assistant’s hands” Radical Perineal Prostatectomy: Cost Efficient, Outcome Effective, Minimally Invasive Prostate Cancer Management, Michael J. Harris – European urology, 2003 – Elsevier

Cytoreductive Surgery and Perioperative Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for the Treatment of Advanced Primary and Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

“Once the surgical field is properly prepared and draped, the Thompson self-retaining retractor’s frame (Thompson Surgical Instruments, Inc., Traverse City, MI, USA) is fixed to the operating table. The surgeon may fasten suction tubes, electrosurgery table, and smoke evacuator hoses to the Thompson retractor’s frame using plastic bands” Cytoreductive Surgery... Read more »

Totally Robotic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

“The liver is retracted using a 5 mm liver retractor through the A2 port and held in place with a Laparoscopic Instrument holder (Thompson Surgical Instruments, Inc., Traverse City, MI, USA)” Totally Robotic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, CJ Mohr, GS Nadzam, Archives of surgery, 2005 – Am Med Association

Living Related Donor Nephrectomy, Right Side

“The Thompson Retractor is in place to maximize exposure through an 8 to 10cm left subcostal incision. “ Living Related Donor Nephrectomy, Right Side, KG Nepple, JT Jankowski, JR Sanabria… – The SAGES Manual of …, 2008 – Springer

Nucleus Arthroplasty Technology: Approach Related Considerations

“Once the desired annular exposure of the target disc has been obtained, a table-mounted self retaining retractor system (Thompson Surgical Instruments, Inc., Traverse City, MI, USA) is employed to maintain exposure. The use of Brau reverse-lip blades facilitates maintenance of exposure and allows adequate space for completion of nucleus arthroplasty... Read more »

Anterior Fixation of the Axis

“A table-mounted retractor system is critical for maintaining a clear and open working space (Thompson Surgical Instruments, Inc., Traverse City, MI, USA) Narrow toothed blades are placed beneath the longus colli, and a long narrow balde is positioned rostrally. The superior blade may be angled using a connecting rod with... Read more »

Laparoscopic Liver Surgery for Everyone: The Hybrid Method

“The CO2 insufflation is discontinued; the ports are removed, including the hand-port and a mechanical retractor (Thompson Liver Resection System; Thompson Surgical Instruments, Inc., Traverse City, MI, USA) is used to achieve optimal and direct visualization.” Laparoscopic Liver Surgery for Everyone: the Hybrid Method, AJ Koffron, RD Kung, GB Auffenberg... Read more »