‘Strapless’ on the operating table
SCHMITZ u. Söhne develops an innovative and particularly user-friendly shoulder surgery plate in close cooperation with medical specialists
The shoulder is an awkward part of the body to operate on. SCHMITZ u. Söhne has now developed an innovative shoulder surgery plate in close cooperation with medical specialists, which offers medical practitioners two major advantages: a larger, and thus more easily accessible, operating area as well as optimal restraint of the patient during the procedure. The new shoulder surgery plate is available for all SCHMITZ u. Söhne operating tables. It can be attached to the leg section of the tables and can be tilted up to +90° – even automatically with some operating table models.
With just a few hand movements, medical staff can either fold down or completely remove the new back sections of the shoulder surgery plate. Either way, the patient’s entire shoulder is exposed so that the surgeon can access the operating area directly. The support for the patient’s head has also been improved: a new helmet can be adjusted to all head sizes and can be locked at a left or right tilt. This further increases the operating area and ensures that there are no obstacles in the area of the procedure. Another advantage of the helmet are its folding side wings, which make it much easier to anaesthetise the positioned patient and thus simplify the work of the entire operating team. Subsequent repositioning is kept to a minimum.
Optimal stabilisation of the patient
The helmet also serves to stabilise the patient’s head and neck during the operation. Height-adjustable side supports, which can be attached to each side, also hold the patient’s body in position during traction and compression. Both ensure that the patient cannot slip – perfect conditions for surgeons and anaesthetists.
“Our philosophy when developing the new shoulder surgery plate was to put experience into practice,” explains Friedrich Schmitz, managing partner of SCHMITZ u. Söhne. “The close consultation with medical practitioners was a major stimulus for us to make our new product particularly user-friendly and make the work of the surgeon much easier.”