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Springfield Now Offers Argon Plasma Coagulator for Endoscopic Procedures

by Katrina Stier

In Brief

  • Springfield Hospital has purchased a new argon plasma coagulator (APC) for endoscopic procedures.
  • The APC is used to control bleeding from particular lesions in the gastrointestinal tract during endoscopic procedures.
  • The applications of APC include treatment of intestinal arteriovenous malformations, flat polyps and palliative therapy for esophageal, gastric and rectal cancer.

Springfield Hospital has purchased a new argon plasma coagulator (APC) for endoscopic procedures. The APC is used in medical endoscopic procedures to control bleeding from particular lesions in the gastrointestinal tract.

The APC uses a jet of ionized argon gas directed through a probe passed through the endoscope. The probe is placed near the bleeding lesion and the argon is emitted, and then ionized, by a high voltage discharge. High-frequency electrical current is then conducted through the jet of gas, resulting in coagulation of the bleeding lesion on the other end of the jet.

“This is a unique opportunity because we are offering a technology and service that is not readily available at many hospitals. The APC machine is usually only available at university hospitals. Now Springfield can offer a service that is minimally invasive and can decrease likelihood of a patient becoming severally anemic that would normally require surgery to correct,” says Brian Copeland, D.O., a Crozer-Keystone gastroenterologist who sees patients at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Springfield Hospital. 

APC is used to treat such conditions as:

Copeland suggests that the APC can also treat patients who develop radiation proctitis after having prostate cancer. The radiation can cause intestinal bleeding. The APC can control the bleeding without having to perform invasive surgery.

“I am very enthusiastic about this because we have been sending our patients to another facility for ablation cases in the past. The applications are tremendous and include treatment of intestinal arteriovenous malformations, flat polyps, not to mention palliative therapy for esophageal, gastric and rectal cancer. This machine will definitely help our oncologists,” says Immanuel Ho, M.D., chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Crozer.

“This would not be possible without our administration’s dedication to our GI program and commitment to offering state-of-the-art technology to the surrounding communities,” Copeland says.

Crozer-Keystone offers a range of board-certified physicians who train in the latest technologies and procedures to comprehensively diagnose, manage and treat gastrointestinal and liver conditions. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-CKHS-GI1 (1-877-254-7441) or visit www.ckhsgi.org.

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