San Mateo, California – August 31, 2016 – Levita Magnetics, a medical technology company, today announced the Levita Magnetic Surgical System has been selected as one of 2016’s ‘Innovations of the Year’ by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS). This recognition identifies the most innovative products of the past year that have a multidisciplinary application in minimally invasive surgery.
The Levita Magnetic Surgical System, which recently received CE Mark and FDA clearance, is a first-of-its-kind magnetic surgical system. Initially indicated for gallbladder removal surgery in the U.S., the platform is used to magnetically retract and maneuver the gallbladder, reducing the number of incisions and promoting a less complicated surgery for both surgeons and patients. Prior to the Levita Magnetic Surgical System, surgeons could only maneuver the gallbladder through a hole (port) in the abdominal wall, risking greater damage to the abdominal wall as well as post-surgery complications.
“We are honored our first product was selected by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons as a 2016 ‘Innovation of the Year,’” said Dr. Alberto Rodriguez-Navarro, surgeon, founder, and chief executive officer of Levita Magnetics. “It is our main goal to advance minimally invasive surgery to further improve patient outcomes. We believe magnetic surgery will not only make an impact on the more than 1 million cholecystectomies performed in the U.S. each year, but that this method of providing surgical retraction may provide a stepping stone to future minimally invasive surgical procedures.”
Levita Magnetics will be recognized at SLS’ Minimally Invasive Surgery Week Annual Meeting & Endo Expo 2016, during the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, August 31 in Boston.
About Levita Magnetics
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Levita Magnetics developed the first and only magnetic surgical platform, the Levita Magnetic Surgical System. Founded by innovator and surgeon Dr. Alberto Rodriguez-Navarro, this proprietary technology is designed to evolve minimally invasive procedures, reduce pain, minimize scarring, and improve patient outcomes. It is the first magnetic surgery technology to receive CE Mark and FDA clearance. To learn more, visit http://www.levita.com.
About The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons was established as an educational, non-profit organization to help ensure the highest standards for the practice of laparoscopic, endoscopic and minimally invasive surgery. The Society serves surgeons from various specialties and other health professionals who are interested in advancing their expertise in the diagnostic and therapeutic uses of Laparoendoscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques. With an international membership of over 6,000 surgeons, the organization offers a unique approach to the study and education of minimally invasive surgery by bringing together different medical specialties that use the techniques and tools of minimally invasive surgery.
Dr. Alberto Rodriguez-Navarro