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