BHUBANESWAR: The newly launched Apollo Hospitals Bhubaneswar has conducted the first Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC) procedure of the State to successfully control bleeding inside the gastro intestinal tract of a patient.
Subash Chandra Dash (56) of Balang in Puri district was suffering from bleeding lesions in the GI tract for the last six months. With continuous black stools his condition had begun to deteriorate seriously and he had developed severe anemia with acutely low hemoglobin count.
According to consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist Dr Sushant Sethi, he was suffering from a complication known as `diffuse gastric vascular ectasia’ caused by liver cirrhosis. Dr Sethi performed the APC on April 8 and Dash was discharged after two hours.
Argon Plasma Coagulation, introduced by Apollo in Orissa, is a non contact thermal method by which various bleeding lesions like ulcer bleed, vascular malformation, portal hypertensive gastropathy or gastric vascular ectasia.
The procedure is used to avoid surgery in cases.
“It works like a laser but is less expensive and more efficient. The advantages of APC include its ease of application, speedy treatment of multiple lesions and coverage of wider regions, safety due to reduced depth of penetration and lower cost compared to laser”, Dr Sethi said.
The technology uses argon gas to deliver plasma to a field of tissue adjacent to the probe. A high voltage spark is delivered at the tip of the probe, which ionizes the argon gas as it is sprayed from the probe tip in the direction of the target tissue.
The ionized plasma then seeks a ground in the nearest tissue, delivering the thermal energy to enforce coagulation, Dr Sethi added.