MAQUET has just unveiled improvements to its Magnus operating table, a system that can position the patient into virtually any surgical position, and at the same time accommodate patients weighing up to 250 kilograms.
From the press release:
An optimum exposure area is achieved in combination with gravitational force and the operating table’s extreme tilting and tipping functionality. The tilt angle of up to 80º and canting angle of up to 45º combined with the system’s fully compatible modules open up virtually unlimited positioning possibilities. "This way a patient weighing up to 250 kilograms can be brought into any possible position. MAGNUS is thus fast approaching its vision of the "floating" patient," so Dr. Engel.
This is of particular significance when it comes to minimally invasive surgery, as it is the table’s extreme tilting and tipping function that makes surgical interventions even possible on an obese patient.
With its unique height adjustment range varying between 535 mm (21 Inch) and 1235 mm (49 Inch), the MAGNUS ensures ergonomic and thus relaxed working conditions even during longer operations. The benefits of individual settings are particularly evident during laparoscopic interventions: As the MAGNUS can be lowered further than any other table the surgeon can keep his elbows positioned comfortably at his side and is not forced to revert to a tiring position. The table’s unique lowering functionality makes the commonly used step stool to decrease the distance to the surgical field a thing of the past. The larger abdomens of obese patients can be operated on the MAGNUS while maintaining a relaxed and comfortable posture. In contrast to laparoscopic operations, a high table position is required for hip replacement in the dorsal position. This way, the operation which may take up to 90 minutes can be performed in an upright position. If the table cannot be adjusted to the height required, the surgeon is forced to assume a bent over posture which generally results in tension and fatigue.
Besides its settings designed to cater to various indications, the MAGNUS can optimally adjust to the height of the surgeon. The advantage of this comes to the fore when putting the table in an international context: Whereas the height of the average male in Sweden is 181.5 cm (71,4 Inch), the average male in the Philippines is less than 164 cm (64,5 Inch).