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Characterization and literature review of bowel perforation injuring using argon beam coagulation
Author(s): Kelli S. Barnes; Renee A. Merchel; Kenneth D. Taylor
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Paper Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Argon Beam Coagulation (ABC®) technology is used in conjunction with the ConMed ABCFlex® Probe to provide non-contact hemostasis, coagulation, and tissue devitalization during endoscopic procedures. ABC provides a superficial tissue effect; however, there is a risk of bowel perforation. To better understand the settings that lead to perforation, this study reviews the literature and provides an ex vivo characterization of the ABCFlex Probe tissue effect at different settings when used at small distances. METHODS: Depth of thermal tissue effect was characterized to determine the effect of three parameters: power (W), distance from probe tip to tissue (mm) and application duration (s). 3 ABCFlex Probes were used to create 15 samples on ex vivo porcine small intestine for each combination of parameters. The depth of tissue effect for each sample was measured using a light microscope. RESULTS: Depth of tissue effect increases as power and application time increases. An increase of distance from the probe tip to the tissue results in a decrease in depth of tissue effect from a near contact to 1mm distance. Depth of tissue effect doesn’t significantly change from 1mm to 3mm distance. CONCLUSION: ABCFlex Probe can be used to achieve hemostasis in endoscopic procedures. Increasing power and application time increases the depth of thermal effect while increasing distance from the probe time to the surface of the tissue decreases the depth of tissue effect.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 March 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9326, Energy-based Treatment of Tissue and Assessment VIII, 932609 (11 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2079780
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Kelli S. Barnes, ConMed Advanced Energy (United States)
Renee A. Merchel, ConMed Advanced Energy (United States)
Kenneth D. Taylor, ConMed Advanced Energy (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9326:
Energy-based Treatment of Tissue and Assessment VIII
Thomas P. Ryan, Editor(s)

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