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Testimonials

“Thompson is the friendliest and most efficient company I have ever used. The whole thing takes time to introduce the product and as a result puts forward only the best opportunities that really suit you. They help from start to finish to create a great product identity for your company.”

Shalima Hayden, MD

“My first step, after applying pressure…is to call for the Thompson retractor.
I have successfully dealt with all kinds of uncontrolled situations now and my first step, after applying pressure and making sure anesthesia knows we’re in trouble, is to call for the Thompson retractor.”

RICHARD E. DAVIS MD FACS

“We believe the use of the Thompson System has improved our patient outcomes. The system is able to create much more consistent, non-traumatic tension on the retracted muscles. Intra-operative tears of the Tensor fascia latae in the direct anterior approach have reduced significantly following the introduction of the Thompson.”

DR. LUK VERHELST

“Where we set off to use the system as means to an end, reducing the need for extra staff, it has done much more than that. The Thompson System is always ready, always willing, never tired… It is my go-to, off the shelf, perfect assistant.

DR. LUK VERHELST

“The Thompson system provides the greatest level of safety for my patients.”

BRONEK BOSZCZYK, MD

“I use the Thompson System for every hip case. It has been the most notable advancement the last two years in my orthopedic practice. I would never go back to the way it was done before.

DR. LUK VERHELST

“Use of the Thompson Hip System has increased efficiency and decreased operating time in our department.”

DR. LUK VERHELST

I rely on Thompson for all my challenging cases; it is my first choice of system.

BRONEK BOSZCZYK, MD

“The versatility of the Thompson Retractor allows us to change approaches to suit each patient, improving results and reducing incision sizes.”

PROF. GABRIEL E. GONDOLESI, MD, MAAC, FACS

“When someone asks for an assistant, I say, ‘Pull out a Thompson!’”

ROBERT MIKKELSEN, MD

“I am absolutely in love with the Thompson System and the ‘hands-free’ surgical approach it provides.”

ALBERTO GÓMEZ PORTILLA, MD, PHD

“When you buy a Thompson, you buy it for life.”

ALBERTO GÓMEZ PORTILLA, MD, PHD

“The Thompson Cervical Retractor System frees up my assistant’s hands for other tasks to help the surgery run more smoothly. Solid positioning of the retractor blades decreases risk of injury to local tissues. It’s a great system.”

VITTORIO M. MORREALE, MD

“I found the exposure afforded by this system to be excellent! It frees up my assistant’s hands and it’s rigidity provides secure consistent exposure.”

DOUGLAS F GEIGER, MD

“The new Thompson cervical system has made a huge difference for my anterior cervical cases. Exposure now is second to none with great reliability and less adjustments needed compared to other systems. It is expedient as well and can be set up in under a minute once you have a handful of cases experience with it. It’s brilliant, the customer service team is very responsive and friendly, and it’s truly the system every anterior cervical spine surgeon needs in their toolbox!

JEFFREY KACHMANN, MD

“There is really no other system on the market that is comparable to the Thompson for open liver surgery.  It offers the critical combination of easy set-up and dependable solidity.”

BRENDAN C. VISSER, MD

“The Thompson System provides terrific cephalad rib retraction without ever slipping down or moving during the course of the case.”

BRENDAN C. VISSER, MD

“I utilize the Thompson Retractor for exposure on all of my nerve sparing radical perineal prostatectomy cases because it contours to the wound, is low profile, and easily accommodates varying patient anatomy. The versatility of the retractor allows me to utilize a less invasive perineal approach to nerve sparing prostatectomies. I use it for excellent exposure to do pubovaginal slings as well.”

MICHAEL J. HARRIS, MD

“The Thompson Retractor makes liver transplant easy. It provides outstanding exposure for pediatric liver transplant, the best retractor I have seen in my 25 years as a transplant surgeon.

MICHAEL WACHS, MD

“Thompson Surgical provides the most hassle-free, versatile retractor. For those complex, difficult procedures, as well as the routine, its ease of setup, strength and use, as well as lack of constant readjustment, always provides me reliable and safe exposure. Hands down, this should be every surgeon’s go-to retractor.

MICHAEL NIZZI, DO, FACOS

“I prefer the Thompson Retractor because it reduces dysphagia by reducing tissue damage”

MICHAEL G. FEHLINGS MD PHD FRCSC FACS FRSC

“The Thompson retractor is, in my view, the best retractor for complex HPB and gastrointestinal surgeries. It has allowed us to minimize the incision for a multi-visceral transplant, allowing it to be performed by a midline approach. The exposure obtained and the independence provided to the surgeons and assistants, provides the right setting for teaching. Every surgical department should have one.

PROF GABRIEL E. GONDOLESI MD, MAAC, FACS

“This retractor provides focal and dependable retraction in the space between the transverse processes. This exposure facilitates a transforaminal decompression, pedicle fixation, and intertransverse fusion in those patients in which an open approach is indicated. The system easily adapts to single or multilevel situations.”

VINCENT TRAYNELIS, MD

“I use the Thompson retractor on every anterior cervical case, even single level procedures. The set up takes me less than 2 minutes and the improved exposure and solid non-mobile retraction provided is phenomenal.”

VINCENT TRAYNELIS, MD

I find the Thompson Retractor an invaluable tool. It is the only retractor of its kind that can accommodate 3, 5, and 10mm instruments. This allows me to perform complex laparoscopic and thoracoscopic cases on infants and children with ease and safety. I recommend it exclusively for all my cases.

THOM LOBE, MD

“The Thompson Liver Transplant/Resection System is the best retractor system available.”

MICHAEL ANGELIS, MD

“By improving the direct visualization of the native landmarks during Direct Anterior Approach THA, the Thompson Hip Retractor System provides the surgeon with improved confidence for consistent, accurate component placement.”

LEE E. RUBIN, MD

“The Thompson Retractor is of use at all times during cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC and is essential for an optimal result.

PAUL H. SUGARBAKER, MD, FACS, FRCS

“The advantages of the Thompson Retractor over other retractors include excellent upper abdominal visibility thanks to the ability to perform Subcostal Retraction. What is particularly good are the multiple set-up options, including the creation of a circle, catering to multiple procedures and patient sizes including those that are morbidly obese”

MEHRDAD NIKFARJAM MBBS, MD, PHD, FRACS

“I am quicker, more dynamic and precise in my biliary procedures. In addition, I am essentially non-reliant on my assistant for exposure or system.”

DAVID SINDRAM, MD, PHD

“Optimal visualization and retraction in an increasingly obese surgical population is difficult. Rib cage retraction required suboptimal improvisation with ill-suited blades, until now.”

DAVID SINDRAM, MD, PHD

“The Thompson Retractor is in my view the best retractor for liver, hepato-pancreato-biliary and gastric splenic surgery. The access given to the upper abdomen is unmatched by any other system. The availability of valves for overweight and obese patients is also of paramount assistance. I believe that this retractor should be available in all hospitals.

PROF LUC DELRIVIERE, MBBS, MD, FRCS, FRACS

“The Thompson Hip System has an elegant design that optimizes the synergy between instrumentation and surgical technique allowing unimpeded visualization while performing muscle sparing ( or minimally invasive ) total hip arthroplasty.”

MARK J. POWERS, MD, FACS, FAAOS

“Thompson did it again…perfect!”

MARK J. POWERS, MD, FACS, FAAOS

“The success of outpatient total hip arthroplasty will depend upon orthopaedic autonomy in the ASC. The Thompson hip system is a simple solution that provides consistent and reproducible exposure. It is cost-effective and creates more OR space by minimizing personnel. It is ‘a must have’ for outpatient THA.”

MARK J. POWERS, MD, FACS, FAAOS

“The Thompson Spine Frame allows me to do cases which I would not have thought possible a few years ago and is absolutely essential in us developing these novel and extensive approaches.”

BRONEK BOSZCZYK, MD

“The Thompson retractor is essential for all complex Hepato-Pancreatico-Bilary surgery in order to allow for safe and effective dissection and transection.”

ROBERT CG MARTIN, II, MD, PHD, FACS

“The Thompson AL Brau Blades have become essential for the Anterior Mini-Open approach to the lumbar spine with a proven 15 year track record of safety. You get steady, rock solid exposure providing excellent visualization throughout without the need to re-adjust thus saving time by reducing the ‘fiddle factor.’”

SALVADOR A. BRAU, MD, FACS

“Thompson products always facilitated my operations!! Great engineering and quality!

JOHN (JEB) HALLETT, MD

“The three most important aspects of mitral valve surgery are: EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE.”

STEVEN F. BOLLING, MD

“Set it, forget it.”

STEVEN F. BOLLING, MD

“This system is a shoulder-saver and is like having another tireless assistant standing next to me.”

STEVEN THOMAS, MD

“I evaluated the Thompson Retractor as a vascular fellow in 1970 at UCSF Medical Center and have used it throughout my career as a vascular surgeon until my retirement in 2002. A great product!”

PETER NOYES, MD

“I took out a 39 lb. tumor. The Thompson was a major help with exposure and sped up the case a lot!”

Elizabeth J. Lilley, MD, MPH

“I don’t take the OneFrame™ out just for special occasions, it is my partner! Every time I open the abdomen, I use it.”

Prof. Xavier Berard, MD, PhD, FEBVS

“… The surgeon and first assistant are completely hands free. No one has to hold blades, the OneFrame™ does that for us.”

Prof. Xavier Berard, MD, PhD, FEBVS

“The Thompson OneFrame™ offers exceptional angling and multiplanar retraction… Combined with the Quick Angling feature, you have the perfect combination of what you expect from your retractor.”

Prof. Xavier Berard, MD, PhD, FEBVS

“I started using a very basic exposure, but I saw the capacity for this retractor (the OneFrame) to do more because of the Quick Angling feature and I was able to innovate and propose a new approach.”

Prof. Xavier Berard, MD, PhD, FEBVS

“From a professor’s point of view, the residents are free from holding blades and are more focused on learning the intricacies of the surgery itself. It’s a complete partner!”

Prof. Xavier Berard, MD, PhD, FEBVS

“Simplicity and versatility. Literally nothing that I can’t get exposed… Even the 350lb patient.”

Gregory Trost, MD

“The Thompson Breast Retractor System allows me to perform axillary dissection and deep sentinel node retrieval with good exposure when I am operating alone with only a surgical tech.”

Jane M. Porretta, MD, FACS

“Our Plastic Surgery colleagues enjoy the exposure when performing a lympho venous bypass after axiallary dissection.”

Jane M. Porretta, MD, FACS

“I really like how the table-mounted retractor provides exposure and allows me to assist and instruct residents instead of using handheld retractors”

Jane M. Porretta, MD, FACS

“Soft tissue is sensitive to exsiccation leading to tissue resulting in a higher infection risk as well as a longer and more painful healing time. Less risks and better surgical outcomes can be accomplished with lubricated and protected tissue. To accomplish that, a silicone sleeve in conjunction with the bone levers is utilized. The Silicone Sleeve allows permanent lubrication and, at the same time, protection of sensitive vascular or neural structures as well as the thyroid gland, the trachea or the esophagus.”

Rudolph Bertagnoli, MD

“The Drake Hook is an important tool for subvalvular mitral repair. The cutting groove facilitates safe commissurotomy and chord lysis.”

Daniel H. Drake, MD

“Precise exposure without excessive retraction.”

MICHAEL G. FEHLINGS MD PHD FRCSC FACS FRSC

“Reduces dysphagia by reducing tissue damage”

MICHAEL G. FEHLINGS MD PHD FRCSC FACS FRSC

“Central placement is crucial for the precise biomechanical function of the device. The centre of rotation needs to be exactly in the midline for the disc to evenly distribute load between the facet joints. For exact central placement, exposure of the entire anterior circumference of the disc is essential. A secure retraction of vessels allows safe implantation of the disc replacement. I rely on Thompson for all my challenging cases; it is my first choice of retractor. The Thompson retractor system provides the greatest level of safety for my patients.”

BRONEK BOSZCZYK, MD

“The Thompson Retractor is essential for an optimal result.”

PAUL H. SUGARBAKER, MD, FACS, FRCS

“Thompson did it again…the blades are perfect!”

MARK J. POWERS, MD, FACS, FAAOS

“The Thompson Hip System has an elegant design that optimizes the synergy between instrumentation and surgical technique allowing unimpeded visualization while performing muscle sparing ( or minimally invasive ) total hip arthroplasty.”

MARK J. POWERS, MD, FACS, FAAOS

“I find the Thompson Retractor an invaluable tool.”

THOM LOBE, MD

“”I recommend the Thompson Retractor exclusively for all my cases”

THOM LOBE, MD

“Outstanding exposure for pediatric liver transplant”

MICHAEL WACHS, MD

“The Thompson Retractor makes liver transplant easy.”

MICHAEL WACHS, MD

“The best retractor I have seen in my 25 years as a transplant surgeon.”

MICHAEL WACHS, MD

“The Thompson Pediatric System makes pediatric liver transplant in small infants much easier.”

MICHAEL WACHS, MD

“Thompson’s Anterior Lumbar Ring System allows for even smaller Incision size with significantly less tissue trauma, while still achieving, safe, effective midline exposure of the anterior spine.”

Jonathan E. Schoeff, MD, FACS

“Thompson’s Anterior Lumbar Ring System provides a simple, safe, and intuitive platform to achieve consistent midline spine exposure using minimal incision size while affording maximal exposure of the anterior spine.”

Jonathan E. Schoeff, MD, FACS