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Innovative Technique to Control the COVID-19 Transmission by Laparoscopic Fume: Could It be Possible to Capture the Betal inside the Bottle?

Ashok Kumar, Nalinikanta Ghosh

Keywords : COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, Surgical smoke, Viral transmission

Citation Information : Kumar A, Ghosh N. Innovative Technique to Control the COVID-19 Transmission by Laparoscopic Fume: Could It be Possible to Capture the Betal inside the Bottle?. World J Lap Surg 2020; 13 (3):140-143.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10033-1421

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 28-12-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Aim and objective: This article aims to conceptualize the modification in the laparoscopic port to minimize the risk of COVID-19 virus transmission through the aerosol during laparoscopic procedures. Background: A recent situation of COVID-19 pandemic has produced so many new unknown challenges for surgeons. Surgical fume is a known theoretical biohazard for the operating team. There are many suggestions from the international and national surgical societies and already available equipment which could minimize the risk transmission. Still, there is no technique available to contain and discharge surgical fume in the proper way. Here, we conceptualize a technique to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the operating team. Technique: Here, we have suggested the modification in the laparoscopic port. We advise adding an intermediate transparent, pliable, polythene/silicon bag that could able to contain the leaked surgical fume and safely discharge in an underwater seal bottle, filled with sanitizer liquid. Conclusion: The theoretical, potential risk of COVID-19 transmission during laparoscopic surgery has raised many doubts and apprehension of virus transmission through the surgical fume. There are many suggestions and available equipment to minimize the spread; however, no definite solution already out surgical fume; here, our suggestion of modification in port could be a permanent solution to the surgical fume problem. However, this is an initial concept that has the potential to addition and suggestion to improve the technique. Clinical significance: The theoretical risk of surgical fume causing COVID-19 virus transmissions completely changes our surgical practice. Here, in this article, we suggested our concept and technique contain and safely discharge of surgical fume during laparoscopic surgery.

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