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A pair of medical magnets shows promise as a new tool for creating an anastomosis

08:42 EDT 23 Aug 2017 | Medical Xpress

An experimental device that employs a pair of magnets offers surgeons a new safe and simple alternative to standard methods for creating an anastomosis for the first time in nearly 50 years. An anastomosis is a surgical connection between tubular anatomic structures, such as blood vessels, urinary tract, or bowel. In its first proof-of-concept clinical trial in humans, the device was easy for surgeons to use, even with patients who required complicated surgical reconstruction. It also was safe; none of the patients had any complications related to the use of the device or the anastomosis it fashioned. Findings from the clinical trial now appear as an "article in press" on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print.

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