“Scalpel…check…nurse…we’ve got a bleeder!”
Well not anymore!
The ferromagnetic wand is a powerful new tool with astonishing potential. It boasts speed, safety, and precision in one handheld device. The small, surgical superstar could very well be a modern-day magic wand. If its success thus far is any indicator, it will have surgeons across the world performing their magic.
Some time ago, Dr. Kim Manwaring and David MacNally stood in Manwaring’s garage. The doctor showed him a ham radio with a wire attached. Manwaring heated the wire, explaining to his colleague the usefulness of his rudimentary new invention. It was on that day that a revolution in surgery was born.
Shortly after, Manwaring learned of a new alloy called ferromagnetic metal. Curious, he contacted an engineer, who sent samples of this new alloy to Manwaring. He then applied the alloy to the tip of the incision instrument, and the result was impressive. The device heated and cooled in less than a few seconds.
Now that the FDA has approved the new surgical implement, MacNally has begun to produce the ferromagnetic wand. Recently, neurosurgeon Dr. Joel Macdonald has used it on the first live human. The surgery was a success.
Unlike standard cauterizing scalpels, the new ferromagnetic wand is a cut above the rest:
- It both cuts and cauterizes, while leaving surrouding flesh unscathed
- The device utilizes what’s called a feedback loop, which can detect when a surgeon is cutting too deeply, too softly, or even when he or she inadvertantly activates the device without tissue contact.
- The wand has an excision tip, perfect for scooping out tumors and unwanted tissue.
- It uses flash heating, which instantly cleans the device during excisions.
Such innovations have their perks. This cutting-edge creation is a obvious advantage to both the surgeon and the patient.
- A safer technology
- It does not use electricity, so surgeons can use it during delicate brain surgery
- No drag or pull
- Enables a faster surgery
- Causes less scarring
- Enables faster healing and recovery
Written By: Deanna Brownlee
Deanna has had many health issues for most of her life. She relates her experiences with the rest of the world in the hopes of helping others. She does so by writing for two newspaper columns, including Atlanta Health News Examiner.
This article is a published reprint from the online newspaper of examiner.com. And can viewed on here on examiner.com
Permissions for reuse were granted by the original author, Deanna Brownlee
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