GANJ: To Stent Placement and Beyond in the Name of Quality Care

As a comprehensive practice, Gastroenterology Associates of New Jersey (GANJ) is dedicated to learning the latest advancements in treatment to provide our patients the best possible care available for gastrointestinal conditions. That being said, we are pleased to announce that our own Dr. Matthew Grossman is trained in the AXIOS™ Electrocautery Enhanced System, and is offering this service to patients as part of our continuum of care.

What is AXIOS?

unnamed (1)Simply put, the AXIOS Electrocautery Enhanced System is a state-of-the-art device created to precisely and safely access pancreatic fluid via a stent under ultrasound guidance for drainage of pancreatic and pancreatic necrotic pseudocysts (also known as pancreatic necrosis) that are causing symptoms.

What is a Pancreatic Pseudocyst?

A pancreatic pseudocyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms on the pancreas. The fluid may contain pancreatic tissue, enzymes and blood. The cyst generally forms due to trauma or inflammation of the pancreas (known as pancreatitis). A pseudocyst becomes necrotic when it becomes infected.

What is Unique About AXIOS?

unnamed (2)The remarkable technology that makes up both the delivery system and the stent allows pseudocysts to be drained in minutes endoscopically (a minimally invasive procedure using a scope and small tools) rather than hours through a traditional surgical cystogastrostomy or necrosectomy. As a result, patients have a shorter hospital stay, less pain and typically incur a lower cost. There is also a lower risk of complications.

How Does It Work?

Using the ultrasound guidance, the AXIOS catheter is energized and seamlessly enters the cyst. The catheter sheath is retracted, and the stent is put in place. The delivery system for the stent is then withdrawn.

For more information on AXIOS or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, contact GANJ today.