MICS Retractor (minimally invasive cardiac surgery)
Each year more than 400,000 heart valve repair and valve replacement procedures are performed throughout the world. Today, specially trained cardiac surgeons are performing heart valve repairs and replacements using MICS, and these techniques allow access to the heart through smaller incisions using specialized, minimally invasive surgical instruments and without separating the breastbone.
The MICS Retractor is a mechanical device that separates adjacent ribs, allowing surgeons to access the heart. MICS procedures typically allow for reduced blood loss during surgery, quicker patient recovery times and shorter hospital stays.
MICS Retractor – KDI manufacturing operations:
- Laser marking
MICS Retractor Life Tester:
KDI designed and built test equipment for the MICS Retractor.
Purpose: to test the Thoracotomy Retractor Rack and Blades (2) – cycling them at a given load for a given number of open and closing cycles.
- Operates with 120 volts AC and 100 psi compressed air.
- Benchtop unit to be operated in an engineering lab
- Apply a constant load over the opening and closing range
- Count cycles completed
- Monitor the load applied and time to complete a cycle
- Must operate for tens of thousands of cycles
- It must be programmable by the operator to change the following variables:
- Speed of cycle, load applied, number of cycles and distance that the rack is opened and closed.
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