Levita® Magnetics Leads the Future of Surgery with Augmented Reality Headset-Enhanced Abdominal Surgery

Levita Magnetics has used augmented reality (AR) in abdominal surgeries that took place on March 11 in Santiago, Chile, combining the use of its MARS™ system with the Meta Quest 3 headset to enhance surgical performance and represent a pivotal development in the medical field, paving the way for AI-enhanced digital surgery and global telesurgery.

The integrative landmark surgeries were conducted by Dr. Alberto Rodriguez-Navarro, an experienced surgeon and founder and CEO of Levita Magnetics. Dr. Rodriguez-Navarro used the MARS and AR technologies to perform a cholecystectomy, commonly known as gallbladder removal surgery, the most frequent abdominal surgery worldwide. This surgery is also one of the first times that the lead surgeon performed a surgery while wearing an AR headset.

Traditionally, abdominal surgery has been recognized as a particularly challenging area of the body due to the dynamic nature of the environment and lack of fixed landmarks. The MARS system alleviates these challenges and the introduction of AR technology reflects Levita Magnetics’ ongoing commitment to leading surgical innovation and growth. The software the company has developed to integrate its MARS system into the Meta Quest 3 headset can also be used in the Apple Vision Pro and any new AR headset, further democratizing access to AR technology in the operating room.

The application of AR in abdominal surgery presents great potential, providing an enhanced view of the surgical field and the ability to provide real-time data to the surgeon. These facets have a profound impact on the future of healthcare and surgical methods, including telesurgery and other AI and robotics-driven solutions.

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