News Science, 13/06/2018

Kharkiv Military Hospital Implements Magnetic Surgery

Doctors of the Kharkiv military hospital have invented a new method of treating wounded soldiers by extracting metal shrapnel fragments from shells and projectiles out of patients’ muscles, joints and even hearts with magnetic instruments.

Yesterday, Volodymyr Nehoduiko, Chief of the Operation Department of the Military and Medical Clinical Center of the Northern Region in Kharkiv, presented the effective new method to the Kharkiv Objective TV channel. He showed an instrument with a pulling force up to 100 kilograms and stated that about 300 shell splinters were removed out of a patients’ bodies with the help of it.

The magnetic surgical instruments have been developed by doctors of the Kharkiv military hospital together with scientists of the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology. The first such devices were created back in 2014 at the beginning of Russian armed invasion into Donbas. During the first two years, the instruments were tested, modified and finally patented in Ukraine.

Volodymyr Nehoduiko explains that the operation time has reduced by 25 percent as the magnetic tools help to get a fragment of shrapnel in 10-15 minutes. It is important that in many cases the surgery is done without incisions. Also, the period of rehabilitation has been reduced significantly. Therefore in addition to saving people, the magnetic medical instruments save the state funds due to the fewer surgical interventions, shorter hospitalization period and reduction of other health care costs.

Generally, the unique medical surgery is used to treat Ukrainian soldiers and more than 3,000 defenders of Ukraine have been operated on by now with this method. The doctors say these kits should be delivered to all military hospitals as soon as the official decision of approval is taken.

Currently, according to the inventors, their innovation has attracted the interest of professional and business community worldwide.

Text: Olena Sokolynska

Photo: Yulia Bairachna, Ukrinform