Dr-Jeffrey Cadeddu

Magnetic Control Reduces Number of Incisions Required for Robotic or Laparoscopic Surgery

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Jeffrey Cadeddu, M.D. 

Ralph C. Smith, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center 

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for your work? What are the main potential indication? How does magnetic surgery decrease the need for multiple incisions thus decrease pain and bleeding? 

Response: ​The device is manufactured and sold by a new company, Levita Magnetics.  I share a desire with it to reduce the morbidity of surgery by reducing the incisions and invasiveness.

My lab had worked on similar technology during the 2000s.  The main potential indication is to assist with single port surgery or to enable reduced-port laparoscopic or robotic surgery.  The devices allows tissue retraction without making an incision for dedicated instrument. By avoiding an incision for a trocar, risk of pain from that incision and injury to unseen vessel under the skin is obviously reduced.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: That the degree of invasiveness is continuing to decline.  New technologies such as this will allow robotic surgery to get even less invasive and painful.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work? 

Response: We intend to incorporate this technology with other operations besides robotic radical prostatectomy. 

Disclosures: My disclosure was in the press release.

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Last Updated on September 2, 2018 by Marie Benz MD FAAD