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
Creter D. A New Self-Retainer Device for Ear Surgery. Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;86(3):357. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760050359025
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