The new retractor device provides safer labor and delivery experience for mothers with a high body mass index (BMI), when used in cesarean sections.

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital gynecology division chief Dr James Greenberg said: "The traxi Panniculus Retractor with Retentus Technology is as perfect a solution to the pannus problem as I have ever tried."

Tennessee-based GSquared Medical has developed the Retentus device to assist physicians in the operating room and offer better access to the surgical site, specifically in cesarean sections.

Clinical Innovations has licensed Retentus intellectual property from GSquared for use in abdominal surgery.

According to the company, the traxi lifts and retracts the dense layer of fatty tissue during abdominal procedures.

The device will eliminate the need for extra personnel in the operating room and reduce the strain on surgical staff.