One of the most frustrating problems encountered during diagnostic or operative laparoscopy is the presence of distended loops of large or small bowel or of parts of adjacent or overlying organs. It requires changing the position of the patient and table, and/or tedious pushing or pulling of the bowel or organ out of the operative field. Two new accessory retractors are now available. One expands as a "kite," fits through a 5-mm port, and is reusable. The other is covered with polymeric material, is disposable, inflates to provide a balloon-like atraumatic retraction, and is inserted through a 10-mm cannula.