Otology instrument

Aural Syringing

Submitted by drtbalu on Tue, 11/27/2018 - 11:35

Aural syringing:

This procedure helps in

1. Removal of wax from the ear

2. Clean up the external auditory canal fungus

3. To remove non hygroscopic ear foreign bodies

The capacity of aural syringe is about 120 ml or 4 ounces.  Aural sryinges are commonly manufactured as metal syringes which can be sterilized and reused.  Plastic disposable aural syringes are also available.

Weitlaner Retractor (self retaining)

Submitted by drtbalu on Tue, 10/30/2018 - 01:53

This retractor was designed by Franz Weitlaner of Austria who was famous for designing instruments.

It has three prongs on one side and four on the other.

All these prongs are sharp in nature.

The prongs and teeth are of uniform size.

This retractor is smaller than Mollison's retractor.

Length is about 8 inches

It is used in:

1. Pediatric mastoid surgeries

2. Useful to retract soft tissues in Plastic and Orthopaedic surgical procedures


Plester Self retaining hemostatic mastoid retractor

Submitted by drtbalu on Tue, 10/30/2018 - 01:09

This retractor is smaller in size when compared to that of mollison retractor.

Middle teeth of one prong is slightly longer.  This can be used to retract external canal wall skin for better visualization.

1. Used in mastoid surgeries to visualize the external canal and middle ear cavity

2. Can be used in endaural surgeries (mastoidectomy) is classic end aural retractor is not available

3. The pressure applied by the prongs to the soft tissue keeps the operating field dry because of its hemostatic effect


Mollison's Self Retaining Mastoid Retractor

Submitted by drtbalu on Tue, 10/30/2018 - 00:57

This self retaining retractor is used commonly in mastoid surgeries.

1. To Harvest temporalis fascia graft

2. To expose the mastoid cortex and hold the soft tissue apart

3. In difficult neck surgical procedures where two hands need to be free

4. In surgeries involving the skull



Mollison Self retaining hemostatic mastoid retractor