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Patients are the Ultimate Benefactors of Robotic-Assisted Vascular Procedures

Posted by Vijaykumar Kasi, MD
April 28, 2014
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We live in exciting times! Medical technology is rapidly advancing and we are now treating illnesses that often resulted in fatalities in the not too distant past. 

The recent introduction of one new technology – vascular robotics is fundamentally transforming the way some cardiac procedures can now be performed. As an interventional cardiologist, I’m fortunate to be in the midst of this incredible advance. I recently completed my first two procedures using a robotic-assisted system and I am impressed with the technology.

 The CorPath System, developed by Corindus, is approved for use in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures. Using robotic-assisted technology, the system allows interventional cardiologists to perform procedures using joystick controllers to robotically advance guidewires, angioplasty balloons and stents to clear artery blockages and restore blood flow to the heart.

This technology benefits patients in multiple ways. The accuracy of the CorPath System allows physicians to take accurate measurements of relevant anatomy, perform movements to place stents and balloons, as well as advance or retract guide wires with movements as small as a millimeter. For patients, robotic precision can help with stent selection and placement, and may eliminate the need for procedure revisions in the future.

Most importantly to patients, when using the CorPath System, physicians are in an ergonomic environment that allows us to focus entirely on the procedure, which should enable us to perform procedures better. Seated in the CorPath interventional cockpit, physicians can use the monitors to clearly visualize the procedure. The importance of improved physician ergonomics cannot be overstated, since a physician who is experiencing back pain or other discomfort from standing and wearing lead-lined protective apparel all day is more likely to be distracted or rush through a procedure.

Orlando Regional Medical Center is now using the CorPath System. As robotic assisted technologies advance further, we can envisage a larger role in coronary interventions with increasing benefits to patients, physicians and staff as we march forward in our sacred mission to save more lives.

  
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