Springfield Now Offers Argon
Plasma Coagulator for Endoscopic Procedures
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
used to treat such conditions as:
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.
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
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.
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.