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Introducing the LiVac Retractor

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.

No extra incisions

The tubing passes out alongside existing ports, so no extra incisions are required.

Minimises patient trauma

Suction causes the liver to cohere to the diaphragm thereby allowing access to the organs below, minimising trauma to the liver.

Simple to use

The surgeon’s usual technique for the intended surgery is barely changed,

No liver congestion

Does not cause compression or congestion of the liver parenchyma as it is the only retractor which attaches from above.

Surgical plane opens during dissection

As the liver is held up, the plane of dissection between the gallbladder and liver opens up more easily than the alternative approach.

No assistant required

No surgical assistant required for laparoscopic cholecystectomy, other than a holder for the laparoscope.

How LiVac Works
Key Benefits
Advantages of LiVac
Clinical Studies
LiVac Techniques
How LiVac Works

Unlike most other surgical retractors, LiVac does not require a dedicated surgical incision for insertion and placement. The LiVac Retractor is inserted through a laparoscopic incision or port and placed between either lobe of the patient’s liver…

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Key Benefits

The key benefits of the LiVac device. The suction of the LiVac Retractor causes the liver to cohere to the diaphragm during surgery, thereby allowing access to the organs below and minimising trauma to the liver. The…

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Advantages of LiVac

The advantages of the LiVac device. LiVac is easy to use and disposable. It retracts left or right liver lobes and is compatible with single or reduced-port laparoscopic surgeries. The surgeon’s usual technique for the intended surgery…

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Clinical Studies

LiVac successfully completed its first clinical trial in December 2013. The trial was conducted across two hospitals and involved ten patients undergoing laparoscopic reduced port (3 port) cholecystectomy, gastric fundoplication and gastric banding, as well as single…

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LiVac Techniques

The LiVac Retractor comes in two sizes. The small will suit most left lobes of liver, and the large is intended for more secure retraction of the right lobe. Some larger left lobes of liver may be…

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