Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC for short) is a commonly used technique in several gastro procedures, but many people have never even heard of it. In this article, we are going to discuss Argon Plasma Coagulation – its various benefits and when it can be used to treat gastrointestinal conditions.
What is Argon Plasma Coagulation?
Argon Plasma Coagulation is a technique used during a colonoscopy or panendoscopy in which argon gas and electrical currents are used to seal bleeding tissue. The greatest benefit of APC is that it does not require any direct contact – which reduces the risks involved with a particular procedure.
APC is often used to treat all of the following gastrointestinal conditions:
- Barrett’s Esophagus
- Cancer of the Esophagus
- Hemorrhoids and Rectal Bleeding
- Polyps in the Colon
- Watermelon Stomach – a condition in which bleeding occurs in the lining of the stomach, making it resemble a watermelon
Argon Plasma Coagulation can also be used to treat cancerous tumors and associated symptoms. Talk to your gastroenterologist about your particular condition and whether APC will be utilized during your treatment. Your physician will be able to explain everything you need to know about your procedure and how to best prepare for and recover from it.
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