Product Focus: PretzelFlex

Thursday, 12 April, 2012

PretzelFlex™ is the world’s first pretzel shaped organ and tissue retractor for use in minimally invasive surgery.

It provides improved access and visualisation of surgical sites. The device has a slim line shaft that can be inserted through a 5mm port access system. Then, once inside the abdomen it forms into the innovative pretzel shape when deployed by the surgeon.


Key Strengths of PretzelFlex™

+ Impressive strength and stability to support large organs and tissue, ideal for obesity surgery
+ Easily inserted into YelloPort+plus™ 5mm laparoscopic port access system
+ Designed and precision-machined ‘in house’ to maintain rigidity and shape
+ Smooth slim-line shaft designed to ensure tissue is not penetrated or damaged
+ Innovative segment technology ensures minimal space is required inside the abdomen to form into pretzel shape
+ Ideally suited to be used with FastClamp™ endoscopic clamping system

The PretzelFlex™ has received positive clinical feedback and is a particular favourite of our new CAB member Consultant Surgeon, Mr James Halstead.

Mr Halstead said: “The PretzelFlex™ is an excellent product which builds upon the advances made with the Endoflex™ retractor with its larger surface area, due to the pretzel-shaped configuration, allowing for even more effective organ retraction. The PretzelFlex™ is ideal for complex weight loss surgery, where it is used to elevate the liver and can be the difference between completing the operation using laparoscopic (keyhole) techniques and having to resort to conventional open surgery with its attendant risks.  The PretzelFlex™ is far superior to any of the other organ and tissue retractors I have previously used.”