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Levita® Magnetics Announces Publication of Clinical Data for Magnetic Surgical System for Less Invasive Bariatric Surgery

Thursday, January 31st 2019 at 1:00pm UTC

Technique Enables Port-Less Liver Mobilization; Facilitates Surgical
Exposure While Decreasing Incisions

SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Levita Magnetics, a company dedicated to improving the outcomes of
surgical procedures through Magnetic Surgery®, today
announced publication of clinical data in Obesity
, the official journal of the International Federation
for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO), on the
company’s first-of-its-kind Levita® Magnetic Surgical System
for use in bariatric procedures.

The study, titled “Magnetic Liver Retraction: an Incision-Less Approach
for Less Invasive Bariatric Surgery,” concluded that magnetic retraction
is a novel approach that allows a safe, reproducible, incision-less
technique for port-less intra-abdominal mobilization. The device
successfully permitted optimal liver retraction during laparoscopic
bariatric surgery, facilitating surgical exposure while decreasing the
number of abdominal incisions.

Retraction of the liver is essential to ensure appropriate visualization
of the surgical field during bariatric surgery. In conventional
laparoscopic bariatric procedures, shafted surgical instruments are
introduced by fixed-position trocars inserted through incisions in the
abdomen. Magnetic surgery facilitates access and visualization of the
surgical site and enables procedures with a reduced number of incisions
and trocars.

The study authors retrospectively reviewed consecutive patients who
underwent magnetic-assisted liver retraction during primary or
revisional laparoscopic bariatric surgery at the Duke Center for
Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery between October 2016 and August 2017.
The 73 cases in total were comprised of 29 primary sleeve gastrectomies,
24 gastric bypasses, 10 duodenal switches, 3 gastric band removals, and
7 revisions. Mean pre-operative BMI was 43.6 kg/m2 (range
18.3-67.7 kg/m2).

“Magnetic bariatric surgery offers a safe and less invasive alternative
to bariatric patients who are seeking better cosmetic outcomes after
surgery,” said A. Daniel Guerron, M.D., Weight Loss Surgeon at Duke
University Health System in Durham, North Carolina. “We are pleased to
be the first in the United States to pioneer and study this innovative
approach to weight loss surgery.”

“Levita’s goal is to enhance patient outcomes by minimizing the
footprint of surgical procedures across multiple indications and broad
patient populations,” said surgeon Alberto Rodriguez-Navarro, CEO and
founder, Levita Magnetics. “This data is additional important evidence
for the utility and safety of Magnetic Surgery – a technique we believe
can become standard of care in the future for a variety of procedures.”

To date, patients have undergone Magnetic Surgery at leading clinical
centers including the Cleveland Clinic, UT Southwestern Medical Center,
Stanford University and Duke University, among others.

About the Levita® Magnetic Surgical System

The Levita Magnetic Surgical System enables reduced-port laparoscopic
surgical procedures designed to minimize the footprint of surgery. The
system, which consists of an external magnet placed on the skin that
controls a shaftless detachable grasper, enables instruments to move
without the constraints of a fixed-position pivot point, and facilitates
access and visualization of the surgical site. In the United States, the
Levita Magnetic Surgical System is indicated to grasp and retract the
body and the fundus of the gallbladder in laparoscopic cholecystectomy
procedures and the liver in bariatric procedures to facilitate access
and visualization of the surgical site in patients with a BMI range of
20-60 kg/m2.

About Levita® Magnetics

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Levita Magnetics developed the first
and only Magnetic Surgery® platform, the Levita Magnetic
Surgical System. Founded by innovator and surgeon Dr. Alberto
Rodriguez-Navarro, this proprietary technology is designed to evolve
minimally invasive surgery with the goal of minimizing the footprint of
surgery and improving patient outcomes. It is the first magnetic
surgical system to receive CE Mark and FDA clearance. For more
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