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September 1967

A New Self-Retainer Device for Ear Surgery

Author Affiliations

Tel-Hashomer, Israel
From the Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, Tel-Aviv University Medical School, Tel-Hashomer Government Hospital, Tel-Hashomer, Israel.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;86(3):357. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760050359025

IN ORDER to use both hands during the transmeatal operations, several self-retainers have been devised. These, nevertheless, have the disadvantage of limited mobility.

In the stapedectomy, we use the quick check device, which has the following parts: (a) a magnetic base (Fig 1, 1) that is fixed by a push-button magnetizer (Fig 1 and 2, 2); (b) a flexible stand (Fig 1 and 2, 3) that can be adjusted and locked into desired position by a locking lever (Fig 1 and 2, 4); and (c) a variety of specula auris to which a metal bar, 7 mm in diameter, is affixed (Fig 1 and 3, 5).

The quick-check device is locked (a) to a metal plate (Fig 1 and 2, 6) that must be introduced under the patient's head or (b) to the edge of the table, if this table is of ferrous metal. The sterilization of

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