The DASH is a single-use, malleable, absorptive retractor for use in various open and hand assisted laparoscopy surgical procedures. The device contains an inner malleable stainless steel mesh that can easily be reshaped during surgery. It is uniquely designed to provide an improved surgical window, protect the surrounding tissues from injury and prevent their intrusion into the working space. The DASH allows easy reshaping and reforming during surgery, minimizes need for excess bulky metal retractors and reduces the risks of retained foreign bodies by the use of an integrated lap/retractor. .