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During proximal locking of a retrograde femoral intramedullary nail, retraction can be difficult when using traditional radio-opaque retractors. A 50-ml syringe, such as BD Plastipak™ (BD, The Danby Building, Edmund Halley Road, Oxford Science Park, Oxford, UK), with the catheter tip cut off, either with scissors or a saw, can be placed directly onto bone via the skin incision. This easily retracts the tissues allowing access to the proximal femur with the added benefit of being radiolucent. This allows the surgeon to interpret the fluoroscopy findings accurately and position the proximal locking screw precisely. Furthermore, the surgical assistant is protected from erroneous exposure to radiation whilst screening.