LIVE INTERACTIVE SURGERY: Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC) pouch resizing after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (GBP)
Epublication WebSurg.com, Jan 2016;16(01). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en4686
Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC) is an innovative non-invasive endoscopic treatment used to reduce the anastomotic diameter. Technology: Argon gas is used to deliver evenly distributed thermal energy to a field of tissue close to the probe. The heat which is generated devitalizes, coagulates, desiccates, and shrinks the tissue. Argon Plasma Coagulation is performed by applications of 0.5 to 2 seconds in duration. The depth of penetration is around 2 to 3mm. Side effects: gaseous distension, pain, stricture, bleeding, pneumoperitoneum, and rarely perforation.