The MASTR can be used for Endocrine and Otolaryngology procedures such as the following; 1) Thyroidectomy procedures both partial and total 2) Parathyroid explorations and 3) Laryngeal framework procedures!
The MASTR was designed to allow the physician a consistent manor of tissue retraction that is low in profile and sturdy enough to withstand the thick muscular neck, as well as, the thinner neck. The design was approached with an emphasis on creating a safe environment for the patient and standardizing the procedure for the physician. Also to minimize the amount of tissue trauma that is occasionally seen during thyroidectomy procedures with incision lengths of 6 centimeters or greater. According to endocrinologists, pharmaceutical company representatives and thyroid specialists consulted, there were approximately 120,000 thyroidectomy procedures performed in the United States in the year 2010.
The MASTR by Surgical Innovations of Pompano Beach, Florida, is a one size fits all, low profile, self-retaining disposable surgical retractor designed for thyroidectomy and related procedures, as well as, otolaryngeal procedures . The MASTR is the only retractor on the market as far as our research has found which retracts the platysma muscle and strap muscles out of the operative site and can be used to perform single sided thyroidectomy procedures without opening the contralateral strap muscles. This avoids causing scar tissue to form between the contralateral side strap muscles and thyroid.