Robotic Ablation Procedures for Cardiac Disorders
Electrophysiologists on the medical staff at Texas Health are using a new robotic system to treat heart rhythm disorders faster and more precisely. These ablation procedures are used to treat various cardiac disorders, including atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart-rhythm problem. During the procedure, a tiny tube called a catheter is inserted into the body through a small incision in the patient’s leg. The wire is guided to the heart using a remote-control system that gives doctors a three-dimensional map to steer the wire. Physicians then pinpoint the source of the irregular heartbeat and use radiofrequency energy to correct the problem. The system means that patients are asleep for a shorter period of time and are exposed to less radiation than they would experience in a traditional ablation procedure.