What is alfapump®
The alfapump® is a subcutaneously implanted battery-operated pump, designed especially for ascites management, which automatically and continually moves ascites from the abdominal cavity to the bladder, where it is excreted naturally from the body. This leads to fewer hospital treatments, and thanks to DirectLink Technology that improves patients’ medical improving.
How it works
The alfapump system is implanted subcutaneously using a minimally invasive procedure.The bladder and peritoneal catheters are placed using standard surgical techniques. They are then tunnelled to a small pump pocket located in the right upper abdominal quadrant where they are connected to the pump which is implanted under the skin.Fluid is moved by the pressure gradient created by two gears and powered by a motor that turn in one-way to ensures unidirectional fluid movement.
Significantly reduces or eliminates entirely the need for LVP, allowing the patient to lead a more normal life
Significantly reduces the risks associated with repeated LVP
Enhances quality of life
Does not affect eligibility for livertransplant
Avoid painful parecentesis procedures
Help patients improve nutrition and physical activity
Frees up valuable physician and nurse time
Save costs on bed space and expensive doses of human albumin
To learn more about alfapump® visit www.alfapump.com