6 Steps Bring a New Surgical Retractor to Life
The team at LINK partnered with Advanced Surgical Retractor Systems Inc. (ASR Systems), a medical device manufacturer led by a military trauma surgeon and a veteran medical device entrepreneur, to design a novel surgical retractor to be used in invasive abdominal surgeries, called laparotomies.
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ASR Systems Founder & Chief Medical Officer Included in the TEXAS 100 by the Texas Business Journals
We are excited to announce that our Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ramon Cestero, has been selected as one of the exclusive Texas 100 by the Texas Business Journals. The list highlights influential Texans that will play crucial roles in shaping the Texas economy in the coming year.
Battlefield Experience Inspires Veteran to Invent a Tool to Help Trauma Surgeons Save Lives
Cestero is a trauma surgeon and professor of trauma surgery at UT Health San Antonio. The device he invented is a new kind of retractor, a tool doctors use during surgery to prop open a patient’s abdomen in order to repair internal injuries and stop bleeding that threatens the patient’s life.
Veteran Navy Trauma Surgeon's Combat Deployment Experience Inspires New Surgical Retractor Design Combining Advantages of Speed and Exposure
As a veteran Navy trauma surgeon, Dr. Ramon Cestero has put a lot of people back together. He’s done multiple tours, working in combat zones in tough conditions, stopping bleeding in horribly injured soldiers and Marines, propping their abdomens open with a portable retractor, rapidly controlling life-threatening injuries, stabilizing them enough to get them to the next level of care.
WarDocs Podcast Featuring TITAN CSR™ Inventor Dr. Ramon Cestero
Dr. Cestero discusses how he used his military experiences to devise a new self-retaining surgical retractor that can be used downrange and in stateside operating rooms. Designed for both civilian and military applications, the TITAN CSR™ delivers the speed of traditional self-retaining retractors and equivalent exposure of table-mounted systems, without a post or table attachment.
Trauma Surgeon’s Invention Redesigns Antiquated Technology Aimed To Save Lives
Dr. Cestero’s retractor, called the TITAN CSR™, is unique in that it combines both speed and ample exposure. It does not need to be mounted to a table, and can be set up in about six seconds—50 times faster than a table-mounted design—without losing any functionality.