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Published Online July 2009

Use of a Sterile Glove as a Retrieval Bag in Laparoscopic Surgery

Publication: The Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England
Volume 91, Number 5
Laparoscopic procedures often necessitate the removal of visceral matter. A retrieval bag is usually employed in order to facilitate safe extraction. Sterile surgical gloves can be used as effective retrieval bags in place of costly specialist equipment. They are readily available in a variety of sizes and can withstand the forces encountered in a laparoscopic procedure. A standard size 9 glove can hold up to 1000 ml. The authors have successfully used a sterile surgical glove during a laparoscopic splenectomy. Figure 1 shows a spleen within a size 9 glove prior to being removed through a 10-mm port site.
Figure 1 Spleen in a size 9 glove prior to removal via a 10-mm port site.

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cover image The Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England
The Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England
Volume 91Number 5July 2009
Pages: 440
PubMed: 19630164

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Published in print: July 2009
Published online: 14 May 2015

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Daniel J Rolton
Department of Surgery, Royal Berkshire NHS Trust Reading, UK
Richard E Lovegrove
Department of Surgery, Royal Berkshire NHS Trust Reading, UK
Thomas Dehn
Department of Surgery, Royal Berkshire NHS Trust Reading, UK

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Correspondence to Daniel J Rolton, Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Royal Berkshire NHS Trust, Reading, UK. E: [email protected]

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