Retraction of either lobe of liver is required for surgical access to the respective organ. A novel liver retractor device and technique is described, which applies a vacuum between the liver and diaphragm to lift the liver, and which does not require additional incisions.
A Warrnambool surgeon has gained a $250,000 federal government grant to help develop a medical invention which could be a top-seller around the world.
Philip Gan will soon start testing his laparoscopic liver retractor on humans after it was successfully used in animal surgery.
Livac Pty Ltd was awarded an Australian Federal Government (Commercialisation Australia) Grant in early 2013, which contributed to development of the LiVac retractor to surgical standards and the conduct of a successful First in Human Trial.