How Magnets Can Help with Weight Loss Surgery

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Playing Magnets Aid in Weight Loss Surgery

Undergoing weight loss surgery could be life-saving for some, but it comes with the risks associated with going under the knife.

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The Doctors welcome bariatric surgeon Dr. Carson Liu to discuss how using magnets can help patients have fewer incisions and recover quicker. He demonstrates how using specialized magnetic tools can help to move a patient's organs and allow surgeons to see more clearly while operating.

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Dr. Liu says this technique can be used in surgeries for weight loss, heartburn, gallbladders, and to fix a hernia.

He notes because the magnets used are so powerful that instruments like scalpels are kept at least 10 centimeters away, or they could end up flying towards the magnet and possibly harming the patient. 

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