Afrox: CO2 and laparoscopic surgery


Laparoscopic surgery, commonly called keyhole surgery, is now widely established as a way to minimise patient trauma. The benefits include reduced postoperative pain and scarring, short hospital stays, better patient satisfaction and a much quicker recovery time.

While commonly done for gynaecological and appendectomy procedures, the range of surgical techniques is increasing in complexity and now includes cholecystectomy (gall bladder), adrenalectomy (adrenal gland), nephrectomy (kidney removal), fundoplication (gastro-esophageal reflux), hernia repair and bowel resection procedures.

“Laparoscopy takes its name from the laparoscope, a slender tool that has a tiny video camera and light on its end,” explained Hans Strydom, Afrox’s Technical Services Manager as he talked to gasworld about laparoscopy and the use of the South African company’s high purity medical CO2 to enable surgeons to successfully complete surgical procedures that cause minimal trauma to patients.

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