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Levita Magnetics Announces 1,000th Magnetic Surgery Procedure

Levita Magnetics has announced that the 1,000th procedure using Magnetic Surgery has been performed.

“The platform represents one of the key surgical advancements in the last decade. Indicated to grasp and retract organs in certain surgical procedures, including bariatric surgery, gallbladder removal, and prostate removal, Magnetic Surgery facilitates access and visualization of the surgical site and enables procedures with a reduced number of incisions, less scarring, fast recovery, and better cosmetic results,” according to a news release.

“With 40% of U.S. adults considered obese, and 23 million adults qualifying for weight loss surgery, Magnetic Surgery is set to make a wide impact, particularly in bariatrics,” the release adds.

In magnetic bariatric surgery, magnetic tools are used to gently maneuver and retract the liver, essential for visualization of the surgical field. In traditional laparoscopic bariatric surgery, each tool is manipulated through a dedicated port, inserted through its own abdominal incision, restricting movement and cluttering the operative field.

“Magnetic Surgery is designed to address this limitation, with shaftless magnetic tools controlled by an external magnet on the skin, enabling surgeons to move tools freely in all directions and eliminate a surgical incision,” according to the release.

“We have been pleased with the results of Magnetic Surgery to date, helping patients to quickly recover after weight loss surgery and helping surgeons to safely retract the liver and visualize the surgical field,” said Dr. Dana Portenier, Division Chief at Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery, a long-standing user of Magnetic Surgery products. “We believe that Magnetic Surgery will become the standard of care in bariatrics and other surgical applications.”

“Magnetic Surgery is empowering surgeons to offer their patients a less invasive alternative,” said Dr. Alberto Rodriguez-Navarro, surgeon, founder, and CEO of Levita Magnetics. “Having been a surgeon for over 10 years, I understand the challenges my peers face when trying to gain proper access to organs. We look forward to meeting with surgeons at Obesity Week and showing how Magnetic Surgery can help surgeons with visualization and surgical tool manipulation, while benefiting the patient due to a reduced number of incisions.”

In addition to Duke University, major health care institutions including the Cleveland Clinic, UT Southwestern, and others have performed various surgical procedures using Magnetic Surgery.

Levita Magnetics will be exhibiting in booth #1025 at Obesity Week November 3-7 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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