Hohmann Retractor

Hohmann Retractor

Here are some specific uses of the Hohmann retractor in orthopedics:

  • Joint Replacement Surgeries
    In procedures such as total hip replacement or total knee replacement, it is used to retract muscles and soft tissues surrounding the joint. This allows the surgeon to visualize the joint, remove damaged components, and accurately place the prosthetic implants.
  • Fracture Fixation
    When performing fracture repairs, especially in long bones like the femur or tibia, it helps in exposing the fractured bone fragments. By retracting muscles and soft tissues, the surgeon can visualize and align the bone fragments for fracture reduction and fixation.
  • Spinal Surgeries
    In spinal surgeries, the Hohmann retractor is utilized to retract muscles and tissues along the spinal column. This provides the surgeon with better access to the vertebrae, intervertebral discs, and others.
  • Arthroscopy
    During arthroscopic procedures, it may be used to retract surrounding soft tissues and create space for the arthroscope. This surgical tool allows for visualization and manipulation of structures within the joint.
  • Soft Tissue Repair
    It can be used to retract adjacent muscles and expose the site of injury. This facilitates the repair and reconstruction of the damaged soft tissues.

It’s important to note that the specific use of the Hohmann retractor may vary depending on the surgical procedure.


The Hohmann retractor is a surgical instrument named after Dr. Carl August Wilhelm Hohmann. He was a German surgeon who introduced the instrument. The Hohmann retractor is designed to retract soft tissues, muscles, or tendons during surgical procedures, providing the surgeon with better visibility and access to the underlying surgical site. It is commonly used in orthopedic surgeries, particularly in procedures involving bones, joints, or deep tissues.