Greater convenience and safety with FiAPC® probes
For the use of APC in Pulmonology, we recommend the FiAPC® probe - the probe with the integrated membrane filter.
Comfort and Safety
☑ Excellent ignition properties
☑ Reduced risk of cross-contamination
☑ No ignition and functional tests required
☑ Plug and Play enables simplified handling
FiAPC® probes are available in various versions (varying lengths and diameters) with axial, lateral and circular openings for the plasma beam.
A membrane filter prevents possible contamination of the APC device through the reflux of blood or secretions. The filter and the connecting cable are firmly integrated in the APC probe. Plug and play is supported by instrument detection.
Argon plasma coagulation (APC) is applied in the lung to coagulate benign and malignant tissue changes and is considered a safe procedure to ablate tissue and to control bleeding.
APC as a non-contact method can be used to control bleeding to coagulate the desired target area. The treatment of hemoptysis and the control of bleeding from tumors are described as safe and effective. Bleeding control is considered as the best indication for flexible APC in the lung.
successful bleeding control in a group of 56 patients
(out of 119)
patients. Successful bleeding control was possible using flexible technique.
Through ablation with APC, the target tissue is coagulated using the non-contact method. The treatment of superficial squamous cell carcinomas with few cell layers is described. One of the advantages described is the ability to quickly devitalize large areas with low depth effect.
Endobronchial malignant and benign tumors can be recanalized using flexible APC applications.
Other described applications include:
☑ Recanalization of occluded stents
☑ Treatment of fistula conditioning before fibrin adhesion
☑ Removal of granulation tissue
☑ Treatment of scarring stenoses
APC is used to initially ablate the Tumors.
tumor reduction due to dessication causing
of the cases the combination of APC with mechanical extraction leads to successful and complete recanalization
Different APC modes are available. They differ based on their characteristics and can be adjusted depending on the methods and desired tissue effect. Thus, pulsed APC® with Effect 1 supports a stepwise technique, while pulsedAPC® with Effect 2 and forcedAPC enable a continuous technique.
This mode for argon plasma coagulation continuously transmits electrical energy to the target tissue.
There, it produces effective coagulation by desiccation of the tissue. The depth effect is limited by rapid desiccation of the tissue.
This APC mode transmits the electrical energy with a pulsing on/off activation of the argon beam. pulsedAPC® provides a slow (Effect 1) and fast (Effect 2) mode.
Principles of APC
What is argon plasma coagulation (APC) and how does it work? This video explains the principle
and the tissue effects of APC.