The goal of the APOLENA Foundation is above all the support of the endoscopy theatres at the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the General University Hospital in Prague "U Apolináře".
What specifically does that goal entail?
Endoscopy is a dynamic field of medicine which significantly reduces the discomfort of patients after surgery because it is mini invasive. In gynaecology, it involves mainly hysteroscopy and laparoscopy. In the field of gynaecologic endoscopy, each year brings new findings, instruments and techniques. Unfortunately this kind of “scientific dynamics” is not matched by the same dynamics regarding the availability of financial resources in healthcare. At the moment it is therefore impossible to make full use of all scientific and technological findings and apply them in the treatment of patients.
What exactly do we need?
Disposable material in gynaecologic endoscopy includes for example various "end pieces" for endoscopic instruments. Those are tools used for surgery inside the abdominal cavity. They are single use instruments which can by no means be “recycled” or sterilised. These “end pieces” cost many thousands of crowns. For illustration – the end pieces needed for one surgery of an oncology patient cost around CZK 15,000. Considering the number of advanced laparoscopic operations we would like to buy dozens of such end pieces every year.
The long term objective of the APOLENA Foundation is to contribute towards the purchase of a state-of-the-art 3D laparoscopy tower. Such investment is worth around CZK 3 million and it will most likely take some time until donations reach that amount.
How does help work?
Every donor can rest assured that his or her contribution will be used exclusively for the benefit of the endoscopy theatres at the Department of Gynaecologyand Obstetrics of the General University Hospital in Prague "U Apolináře". Money transferred to the transparent account of the APOLENA Foundation is subsequently used to buy the disposable material necessary for the endoscopy theatres of the G5 unit, or for the training of the unit’s personnel.