Further Development of Magnetic Compression for Gastrojejunostomy in Rabbits

W. Qiao
A. Shi
F. Ma
X. Yan
J. Duan
R. Wu, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
D. Li
Y. Lv


© 2019 Elsevier Inc. Background: Technical improvement of gastrojejunostomy is critical in bariatric and metabolic surgery. In this study, a novel magnetic compression approach for gastrojejunostomy was evaluated. Materials and methods: Both cylindrical and rectangular magnets were used in rabbits, and the magnets were named according to their location. All the magnets were perorally introduced into the stomach. The position of the jejunal magnet was controlled by a connecting line. When the jejunal magnet spontaneously entered the jejunum, the gastric magnet was introduced into the stomach. An extracorporeal magnet was used to guide these two magnets together, and the magnet pair was left to create a side-to-side anastomosis. The state of the animals and extrusion time of the magnets were observed. The anastomoses were evaluated by burst pressure and histology. Results: Gastrojejunostomy was successfully established in all animals. Cylindrical and rectangular magnets spontaneously entered the jejunum through the pylorus within 2.4 ± 0.5 and 6.0 ± 0.8 d, respectively (P < 0.01). The cylindrical and rectangular magnet pairs fell off within 15.3 ± 0.8 and 11.9 ± 1.1 d, respectively (P < 0.01). The burst pressures were statistically similar between the two types of magnets (P > 0.05). Histological examination showed sealed anastomoses with mild inflammation of the mucosa and fibrosis within the submucosa. Conclusions: The feasibility and efficacy of establishing gastrojejunostomy by guidewire introduction of magnets, which were guided together with an extracorporeal magnet, were confirmed in rabbits. In humans, with the clinical use of this procedure, surgery would be greatly simplified.