Deaver Retractor is a large, handheld retractor commonly used to hold back the abdominal wall during abdominal or thoracic procedures. It may also be used to move or hold organs away from the surgical site. The Deaver retractor is shaped like a question mark with a thin, flat blade.
The Deaver’s Retractor is a hand-held retractor. It is named after the American surgeon John B. Deaver. It is made up of stainless steel having a curved retracting blade and flat handle. The handle is slightly curved so as the hand gripping the retractor does not slip. It is a held-hand retractor hence assistants have pretty bad time holding it on if the surgery is prolonged since holding it for a longer period of time is uncomfortable.
All the retractors are built with the basic concept of holding the tissue or the viscera to keep the operator’s field of surgery clear. Deaver is a deep tissue retractor hence it is used to retract viscera like liver, stomach, duodenum etc.
its Sizes ranges from tip 23mm to 102mm and length is 300mm