Examination and management of meniscal injuries is made extremely difficult by the limited access to the medial meniscus during routine approaches. Exposure of the medial meniscus is typically achieved by either use of a stifle distractor or by a Hohman retractor. Hohman retractors are not designed for levering against articular cartilage in that the blade does not "fit" the trochlea. The stifle lever is designed to substitute the Hohman. The caudal surface of the stifle lever is contoured to fit the trochlea of large dogs. The load is dissipated over a large area minimizing trauma. The ring style handle is convenient for retraction by the surgeon using the thumb. The tip atraumatically hooks behind the caudal aspect of the tibial plateau.
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