- Reduce costs by adding a PortShield to a simple disposable or reusable trocar, instead of purchasing expensive balloon trocars.
- Fixates the trocar in the port site without any adhesive stickers on the skin.
- Prevents unwanted gas penetration between tissue layers around the incision (Subcutaneous emphysema).
- Reduces gas leakage.
- Maintain control over insertion depth.
- Can be added when the need is there within 3 seconds, also after the trocar is already placed.
The PortShield system is easily attached to a trocar if leakage occurs. Once the tip of the trocar has been inserted in the surgeons preferred method the PortSHield is easely activated. The PortShield now minimizes gas leakage and fixates the trocar onto the patient while maintaining insertion depth adjustment.
If gas leakage occurs, literature suggests that additional sutures or clamps can be placed around the trocar in order to stop leakage (Figure top row). In this scenario, the natural fixation between skin and fat layers is disturbed and it is likely that the skin is pulled away from the tissue layers below. By creating small cavities below the skin, CO2 gas can infiltrate (Subcutaneous emphysema). Moreover, If the trocar insertion depth is adjusted while the skin is tightly sealed around the trocar with sutures or a clamp, the skin layer is pulled away from the tissue below and more intermediate space is created. If PortShields are used, the natural fixation between tissue layers is not disturbed. Moreover, the inflated PortShield compresses the skin around the incision even further decreasing the risk on a Subcutaneous emphysema.
Different from balloon trocars that act as a leaver that increases the space between incision and tissue when used parallel to the abdominal wall, the Portshield fills all spaces and therefore prevents leakage in all configurations.