November 28, 2022


Applied Medical celebrates 20 years of wound protection since introducing the first Alexis wound protection retractor. The Alexis brand is recognized worldwide for improving patient outcomes and reducing surface wound infection. Over the past two decades, Alexis devices have protected 17 million wounds in more than 75 countries. The devices have also expanded into a full line of protector retractors designed to meet a variety of surgeon and patient needs.

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Alexis protectors and systems

Alexis devices are the protector of choice in a variety of surgical specialties including but not limited to general, thoracic, colorectal, obstetric and gynecological. The devices are used in both open and laparoscopic procedures, and combined with Applied Medical’s unique GelSeal® technology, they help simplify manual access, reduced-approach and single-approach laparoscopic surgery, as well as scarless approaches to natural ones to allow body openings. The Alexis family also includes protectors specifically designed for orthopedic surgeries and caesarean births.

Innovation is at the heart of the Alexis brand. Applied Medical continues to expand its offering and recently added a larger size, XXXL, to the Alexis protector retractor line, which allows for incisions of 25 to 32 centimeters. Also this year, the design of the Alexis closed extraction system was enhanced, including an expanded indication of use, to allow more patients to benefit from this technology and surgical approach.

“At Applied Medical, we continually innovate and improve the design of even our most widely used products to better meet the evolving needs of healthcare,” said Serene Wachli, group president of Applied Medical’s Horizon II Division. “Our Alexis protectors and systems are both surgically versatile and critical to improving patient outcomes. We are proud to celebrate 20 years of wound protection with our Alexis solutions, which truly underscores our continued commitment to infection prevention and reducing healthcare costs.”

The benefits of Alexis Wound Guard have been documented in dozens of clinical studies confirming its effectiveness. Surgeons around the world rely on Alexis devices to protect their patients from wound infection while enabling circumferential, hands-free incision retraction.

“I was an early adopter of the Alexis protector and have incorporated the device into almost every open surgery I perform,” said Joe Sharma, MD, Emory University School of Medicine. “Beyond the significant benefit of reducing infection, using an Alexis protector improves exposure and visualization during surgery and helps the incision heal faster for my patients. Alexis devices have become an important part of our quality improvement in the area of ​​post-surgical infection.”

There is extensive clinical evidence that Alexis-branded devices improve patient outcomes by reducing superficial and deep incision infections at the surgical site, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 provide unprecedented exposure without the trauma and pain associated with a prolonged point retraction, 5 protect the incision site from bacterial invasion, 6, 7 create a tamponade effect to minimize blood loss, 5 and maintain moisture at the incision site to promote healing. 5, 8, 9

About the Alexis family of products

Designed, developed and manufactured by Applied Medical, the Alexis family of products includes protectors and systems that help improve patient outcomes and reduce surgical site infections. 1-5 Alexis products are available for a variety of specialties and in numerous configurations. The Alexis family includes Alexis wound protection retractors, Alexis O cesarean protection retractors, Alexis orthopedic protectors, Alexis laparoscopic systems and Alexis closed extraction systems.

About Applied Medical

Applied Medical is dedicated to providing innovative solutions that improve patient outcomes and enable the advancement of minimally invasive surgery. As a new generation medical technology company, Applied Medical strives to make a significant and lasting impact on healthcare by delivering breakthrough technologies that improve clinical care and meet the urgent economic needs of our customers.

Applied Medical was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Southern California. It’s a fast-growing, global organization. Applied Medical is proud to offer its products and unique business model to customers in more than 75 countries. To learn more about Applied Medical, visit

1 Reid K, Pockney P, Draganic B, Smith SR. Barrier wound protection reduces postoperative wound infection in open elective colorectal surgery: A randomized clinical trial. Dis Colon Rectum. 2010;53(10):1374-1380. (evidence level 1)

2 Cheng KP, Roslani AC, Sehha N, et al. ALEXIS O-ring wound retractor vs. conventional wound protection for the prevention of postoperative wound infections in colorectal resections. colorectal dis. 2012;14(6):e346-e351. (evidence level 1)

3 Lee P, Waxman K, Taylor B, Yim S. Use of a wound protection system and postoperative wound infection rates in open appendectomy: A randomized prospective study. arch surgeon. 2009;144(9):872-875. (Evidence level 1)

4 Horiuchi T, Tanishima H, Tamagawa K et al. Randomized, controlled study of the anti-infective properties of the Alexis incision site retractor/protector. J trauma. 2007;62(1):212-215. (evidence level 1)

5 Hinkson L, Siedentopf JP, Weichert A, Henrich W. Wound infections after cesarean section surgery using a plastic sheath wound retractor compared to the conventional self-retaining metal retractor. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2016;203:232-238. (evidence level 1)

6 Mohan HM, McDermott S, Fenelon L, et al; Members of the University College Dublin Retractor Study Group. Plastic retractors as bacteriological barriers in gastrointestinal surgery: a prospective multi-institutional study. infect J Hosp. 2012;81(2):109-113. (evidence level 2)

7 Horiuchi T, Tanishima H, Tamagawa K, et al. A wound protector protects the interfaces from bacterial invasion. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2010;11(6):501-503. (evidence level 4)

8 Ousey K, Cutting KF, Rogers AA, Rippon MG. The importance of hydration in wound healing; Revitalizing the clinical perspective. Wound Care Journal. 2016;25(3):124-130.

9 Horiuchi T, Nakatsuka S, Tanishima H et al. A retractor/protector can prevent infection by keeping tissue moist and preventing tissue damage at incision sites. Helix Review Series: Infectious Diseases. 2007;(3):17-23. (evidence level 5)

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CONTACT: Kimberly Cashion, Applied Medical

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