"Healthy" Magnetic Implant Removed

The waste material you see below is all that was left of a magnet that had been in place for quite a while that was removed as part of testing — James Wisniewski, who removed the implant, writes,

“These are the remains of a single magnet implanted in a finger tip. The magnet has broken down, but left the surrounding tissue intact. This magnet was in for over eight months and there were no visible signs indicating any problem with the magnet. The removal was to check on the condition of these experimental magnets along with the interior pocket of tissue which it sat in.”

I’ll say again: the functional effects of the magnetic implants are absolutely wonderful, but their current stability and safety level is far from making them acceptable for general use in my opinion.

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Shannon Larratt is the founder of BME (1994) and its former editor and publisher. After a four year hiatus between 2008 and 2012, Shannon is back adding his commentary to ModBlog. It should be noted that any comments in these entries are the opinion of Shannon Larratt and may or may not be shared by BMEzine.com LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by BMEzine.com LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

32 thoughts on “"Healthy" Magnetic Implant Removed

  1. There has got to be a way to encapsulate a magnetic implant that will hold up. I for one eagerly await somebody figuring this out. As time permits, I’ll hit the medical literature and see what I can find.

  2. Silicone-coated magnets are what Shannon had in his finger for a while, and if I remember the story correctly, he was opening a jar of something and the force of his finger rubbing against the lid of the jar caused the silicone membrane to split.

    Why can’t this be done with a more rigid material coating the magnetic implants, either with a thicker layer of PTFE or encapsulated in surgical-grade titanium or surgical-grade stainless steel?

  3. im guessing that the magnet would have to be hella strong to be able to retain its properties through not only some skin and flesh, but also through the coating– so, in that respect, the encapsulation needs to be a bit thinner. but if the thin coating ends up causing the implant to turn into this type of messy, unhealthy looking, decomposed magnet mass, then thats no good. i think that it might be good to go for teeny tiny super magnets inclosed in a teflon type material for implantation. but then again I have no idea what im talking about so don’t listen to me.

  4. Wouldn’t the encasing of metal weaken the strength? The problem is, the more stable surface between the two, the more likely a magnet is to not work.

    As for Shannon’s retired ones, I know they weren’t super-duper strong, but from how far away could you “summon” stuff, if at all?

  5. Well for the past two months I’ve been seriously considering getting them done. I set up an appointment with Steve Haworth for last month, but something tragic came up. I knew going into it that they would indeed evuntally break down…As amazing as the idea of extra sensory is, I think I’m going to wait until they come up with a procedure or coating to make them more stable now, thanks to this post.

    Thank you Shannon…and did you have all of yours removed?

  6. I wonder if different placement would help. I’ve seen that putting too much pressure on the fingertip implants has caused many of the problems, so what about implanting them in the palms?

  7. My magnet is encapsulated in titanium. I have absolutely no fear of it rupturing. I’ve had it for 4 months now with no problems. Not as strong as others i’ve seen but cool none the less.

  8. is there any one acctually dedicating them selves to finding a new coating because i would really really love to have one of these but i am taking much head to shannons warning

  9. which on was this?……

    Injected coated magnets VS dipped coated magnet.

    I’ve got an “injected coated magnet” almost 9 months.
    and doing well.

    please read this from:

    there is more info on his page!

    “…On the medium-size dipped coated magnets there has been a failure of two out of eight, a 25 percent failure rate so far. Four of the long and skinny size dipped coated magnets have been placed and that I am aware of none of them have failed as yet. Of the injected coated magnets about 20 have been placed some as old as two years with a 100 percent success rate so far. I do agree with Shannon that if you have a dipped coated magnet removal would probably the best. That being said I have two medium dipped coated magnets for over a year old which have not failed. I plan to keep these to see how long they last before failure. …”

  10. Ugh! I have had to dig some nasty splinters out before without even getting disgusted, but just imagining removing those bits of magnets from my fingers.. ugh!

    But: When this is finally proven to be stable I will SO try it out. :)

  11. in response to 15.

    this magnet was only plated in gold. a thick plating but no silicone as they knew people had already had problems with silicone in the past.

  12. I’m still quite confident that a glass capsule would work. I have many of those in my body (including the palms of my hands, finger webs and sides of my fingers), most of them containing pieces of silver or iron. Mine are intended to make a clicking sound on shaking, so the pieces are realtively small and can roll freely inside the capsule. They are stable for about 10 years now (see experience, pictures and forum on my page). I’ve made some for Warowaro, who hase implanted them in his scrotum (see pictures on his page).
    I agree the glass will have to be rather thick or the magnets rather small, and the magnets would have to remain separte from the capsule (avoiding stresses by diffrences in heat expansion). Also it is likely that the magnets would have to be re-magnetized after melting the capsules shut. But at least they would be very stable.

  13. When looking at options for my magnetic implant I decided that coating it in something would eventually fail.

  14. After watching that fascinating talk on body ‘hacking’, I was left with the impression that this particular mod means the wearer will never be able to have an MRI. Is that the case? Isn’t that a pretty big down-side given we can’t all have perfect health all our lives? What happened when you had the problems with your leg Shannon?
    An MRI found an incredibly small cancer in my kidney that was missed by ultra-sounds and x-rays so I’m a little paranoid about not having access to that technology.

  15. I had an MRI once, the metal inside the clickers did distort the image somewhat , but the distance between the region they wanted to observe and the clickers in my hand and ear was large enough. I didn’t need to remove them. But it was quite intersting to feel the magnet really pull on the clickers…. amazing. At that magnetic field strenght, the field of the permant magnet is overwelmed, as the magnetization is in its saturation region. The force will be similar for a piece of iron and a magnet, but determined by the size. My metal pieces are quite small, maybe at most 0.05 gram or so. Larger pieces probably would have to be taken out for MRI.

  16. the whole concept of body hacking fascinates me. what about a thicker, harder coating of silicon? i don’t think it’s plausible, but right now i’m envisioning a lot of magnetic powder filings sandwiched between a sheet of silicone, then implanted. the solid magnets would create a lot of friction and the exposed surface area would make it easier for the silicone to tear or otherwise rupture. then again, there would have to be a larger incision made to put in the magnet sheet, and possibly the loss of sensitivity on that finger.. assuming that the sheet was implanted into the squishy tip.

  17. I think the best bet is to leave silicone coatings behind. Surgical Stainless Steel or Surgical Titanium is the best way to go. Risks are to high with silicone.

  18. Shannon, I emailed you once suggesting magnetic stir bars – they’re Teflon-coated magnets made for laboratory use so they can stand up to quite harsh chemicals and a lot of wear and tear. They’re available in sizes down to about a rice grain. Do you know if anyone’s tried that?

  19. I`m working with those at the moment.
    I will keep everyone updated on the progress with them.
    BUT, they are NOT very strong at all.

  20. ive been doing a lot of research on magnetic implants on the net. ive seen a lot of talk about silicone rupture and deterioration. silicone dosnt seem like the best idea for an implant in your finger though. since you use your hands to grip and such. and magnetic stir sticks arnt that strong. i did find one sight though that sales super magnets —http://www.kjmagnetics.com/products.asp?cat=164— thear sposed to be quite strong. if you scroll all the way to the bottom they have a Teflon coated one. they have many rubber coated ones 2 but is rubber a safe alternative? the are quite large though.

    just thought it mite be worth posting

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