The Cancer Carers have just purchased an Olympus Co2 insulfator for the Wollongong Hospital Operating Theatres. Below is a letter from a surgeon at the Hospital explaining it will help him and save patients a second operation.
“Our new CO2 insufflator for our colonoscope.
The CO2 adaptor allows us to perform colonoscopy either during an operation or directly before it. The CO2 is quite a soluble gas so it quickly dissolves and the bowel becomes decompressed. This allows us much more room to work within the abdominal cavity.
Having the CO2 adaptor gives us lot more flexibility. Tumours which are not apparent within the operation can be found quickly with the colonoscope. Having the CO2 adaptor allows us to then progress with the operation immediately.
The CO2 adaptor has a second safety role in preventing over distension of the colon in long intra-luminal procedures. We now can operate through the anus to remove low superficial rectal tumours with a lower risk of over distending the bowel upstream.
These two features certainly will improve our ability to manage colorectal cancer in the Illawarra.
Thank you very much for purchasing this for Wollongong Operating Theatres.
Dr Robert Winn