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Announcement: Alternative Procedure for the Treatment of S Pneumothorax
Posted: Rossoe @ Sat May 07, 2011 8:24 am
The Endo-Floating Ball 3.0 is a 5-mm endoscopic instrument widely utilized for liver resections. The thermal energy results in heat denaturation of protein in the wall of blebs and bullae, thereby shrinking the same blebs and bullae on their bases. The coagulation of blebs is an alternative to endostapler resection.

Apologies that I missed this one in 2009 ! but it sounds like a very viable alternative to standard thoracoscopic treatment. It's less invasive and has even been carried out under awake epidural anaesthesia. Other benefits are no retained foreign body, and a quicker and easier surgical procedure.

http://www.ctsnet.org/portals/thoracic/newtechnology/article-15.html

Let us know if you've had experience with this procedure ?










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