How Does Magnetic Surgery® Work?

Minimally invasive surgical techniques offer numerous advantages for patients. But now, Magnetic Surgery® takes them one step further. This process addresses the limitations involved with traditional laparoscopic procedures, making them even less invasive than they were in the past.

At LoneStar Bariatrics, Dr. Chad Carlton brings the latest techniques to weight loss surgery, including Magnetic Surgery with the Levita® Magnetic Surgical System.

What sets Magnetic Surgery apart

During a traditional laparoscopic bariatric surgery, Dr. Carlton usually needs to make five small incisions to perform your procedure. Each incision contains a medical port — or trocar.

Dr. Carlton uses these trocars to access your abdominal cavity. Together, these fixed access points allow Dr. Carlton to:

However, the fixed nature of this approach comes with a few issues, especially restricted movement. That’s because the trocars have fixed pivot points, which limits a tool’s movement and adds clutter in the surgical field. 

Magnetic Surgery addresses the limitations of traditional laparoscopic techniques by using magnetic tools controlled by external magnets. Without the constraints of a fixed position, magnetic instruments can move freely, increasing access and visibility at the surgical site — while providing less trauma to the area at the same time.

How Magnetic Surgery works

When you have Magnetic Surgery, you no longer need an incision just below your ribcage in the middle of your upper abdomen. 

In traditional laparoscopic procedures, this incision was necessary to lift the liver out of the way so Dr. Carlton could access your stomach. During Magnetic Surgery, the magnetic tool retracts your liver.

To perform your bariatric surgery, Dr. Carlton makes four incisions. Then, he inserts a small, detachable magnetic tool into your abdomen that grasps a corner of your liver. Once the internal magnetic grasper is in place, Dr. Carlton uses a powerful external magnet on the outside of your belly to move it around.

After performing your bariatric procedure, Dr. Carlton uses the external magnets to move your liver back into position and removes the magnetic grasper.

What to expect from Magnetic Surgery

In the United States, 23 million adults qualify for weight loss surgery. Magnetic Surgery makes this process even easier than it was in the past.

Benefits of this technique include:

Plus, people who underwent Magnetic Surgery reported 96% patient satisfaction and returned to work within 5 days.

Ready to learn more about Magnetic Surgery and its role in weight loss surgery? Contact one of our LoneStar Bariatrics offices in Plano or Waxahachie, Texas, by calling or scheduling an appointment online today.

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