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DMC Heart Care Specialists Are First In Midwest To Implement "Robotic-Assisted" Revascularization To Relieve Arterial Blockages

Dr. Schreiber added that the "precision of robotic techniques now applies to percutaneous coronary intervention" (removing arterial blockages with flexible catheters rather than through invasive surgery), and that the new procedure "is expected to markedly diminish ionizing radiation exposure to physicians, patients and staff during the procedure, since it requires fewer [x-ray] pictures.  That will also lead to wiser resource consumption, with more precise stent delivery and angiography, thanks to the enhanced visualization provided to the clinicians during the procedure."

Built around a recently developed technology platform known as "The CorPath 200 System," the new robotic-assisted revascularization procedure allows the cardiologist to sit at a control panel and operate a robotic arm that guides flexible tubes (known as catheters) through arteries that are blocked by sclerotic deposits or other disorders in patients with cardiovascular ailments.  Once in place near a blockage, the catheter can then deliver stents or balloons that will help to restore blood flow by expanding the area around the arterial backup.

"The great thing about this new approach to restoring blood-flow in the artery is that it gives the clinician maximum precision in placing the stent or balloon exactly where it will help most," said Dr. Schreiber.  "At the same time, the cardiologist can see the targeted area of the artery more clearly – even as the enhanced accuracy of movement helps to produce less fatigue in the treating physician's hands, wrists and arms."

Dr, Schreiber, a nationally recognized pioneer in using advanced catheterization techniques to treat heart ailments without having to resort to chest-cracking surgery, said that the first patient to undergo the new procedure at the CVI's catheterization lab was an 84-year-old grandmother of three from Roseville named June Frank.

"This patient had been struggling with several coronary blockages," he said, "and with the help of the new procedure, we were able to quickly and painlessly restore healthy blood flow around them.  The patient felt fine throughout the procedure and showed no ill effects.  One day later she reports feeling much more energetic and is in high spirits.  She will be discharged later this afternoon, after spending only one day at the hospital."

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