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What is an Argon Beam Coagulator (ABC)?

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asked Apr 23, 2012 in Glossary by LarryEitel (1,360 points)
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A pen-like instrument that sprays argon gas on the surgically cut tissue thereby reducing blood loss.

Argon Beam Coagulator
The ABC quickly coagulates profuse bleeding tissues. Rapid coagulation is achieved as (1) the flow of argon gas clears the target site of blood and other fluid (eliminating current dissipation in the blood), and (2) the consistent, even application of energy via the ionized argon beam seals the tissue. The ABC’s ability to provide fast, effective hemostasis results in substantial reduction in OR time. Rapid hemostasis results in minimal blood loss reducing costs and risks associated with transfusions. The eschar (also known as tunnel reticulum), forms directly on dry tissue instead of on the surface of fluids, thereby preventing formation of a "floating," non-adherent eschar. The potential for sloughing of the eschar and postop bleeding is reduced.

Less energy is required for the efficient argon beam to create a thin, evenly distributed eschar. Depth of necrosis is significantly reduced as compared to conventional spray coagulation. In addition, the argon gas prevents oxidation. This results in less charring, tissue destruction, and formation of necrotic tissue. This results in optimal healing. The combination of a non-contact modality and the clearing of blood and fluids by the stream of argon gas allow for excellent visualization of the surgical field.

Other benefits of an Argon Beam Coagulator include:

• Superior Coagulation
• Effective on high impedance tissues
• Eliminates muscle chattering
• Minimal smoke plume and odor
• Does not ignite fatty tissue
• Enhanced safety

Patient Consideration * The information provided in this "TYK" forum should be helpful for individuals to make an "informed decision" regarding their treatment options. Please discuss procedures, risk factors and treatment options with your physician so that as an informed patient, each person can consider how they want to be treated in accord with their religious convictions.

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answered Apr 23, 2012 by LarryEitel (1,360 points)

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