Prospective comparison of helium versus carbon dioxide pneumoperitoneum.

BACKGROUND During prolonged laparoscopic operations with carbon dioxide (CO2) pneumoperitoneum (PP), hypercapnia with significant acidosis has been reported to occur in some patients with pulmonary dysfunction. An alternate inert insufflation gas like helium (He) could avoid this problem. METHODS This prospective, IRB-approved study compared the… CONTINUE READING