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New Device Makes Lap Choles Less Invasive

Published: November 28, 2016

ATTRACTIVE OPTION Nine of 10 surgeons said surgical site exposure was excellent.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomies are less invasive with a new device that uses magnets to eliminate the need for a retractor, according to a paper published online in the Annals of Surgery.

The device, made by Levita Magnetics and recently approved by the FDA, includes a rod equipped with a clip that contains a magnet. The surgeon inserts the rod through the navel, manipulates it to grasp the gallbladder, and then releases the clip. The gallbladder can then be manipulated with an external magnet placed on the abdomen. Once the gallbladder is detached, the rod is reconnected to the clip and used to remove it.

Surgeons at 3 hospitals in Chile used the device with 50 patients over a 14-month period in 2014 and 2015, according to the paper. No device-related adverse events were reported and 90% of the surgeons rated exposure to the surgical site as "excellent."

Jim Burger

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