The LiVac Retractor is a single-use soft silicone device which attaches to regulated suction in order to create a vacuum which joins the liver and diaphragm.
The tubing passes out alongside existing ports, so no extra incisions are required.
Suction causes the liver to cohere to the diaphragm thereby allowing access to the organs below, minimising trauma to the liver.
The surgeon’s usual technique for the intended surgery is barely changed,
Does not cause compression or congestion of the liver parenchyma as it is the only retractor which attaches from above.
As the liver is held up, the plane of dissection between the gallbladder and liver opens up more easily than the alternative approach.
No surgical assistant required for laparoscopic cholecystectomy, other than a holder for the laparoscope.