What is Robotic Assisted PCI Heart Stent Placement?
Robotic Assisted PCI Heart Stent placement is commonly known as robotic PCI. PCI stands for percutaneous coronary intervention that basically means fixing blockages in heart arteries without the need for open surgery using small tubes known as catheters inserted through the blood vessels. Robotic assisted PCI is a revolutionary new technology that allows a cardiologist to use a robotic console to navigate the heart arteries and place stents inside the blocked arteries to fix heart blockages with the potential for incredible precision.
Robotic Assisted PCI – A Revolutionary New Technology in Fixing Heart Blockages
Traditionally heart stents are places by cardiologists known as interventional cardiologists that stand next to the patient and then using their hands pass small tubes up to the heart known as heart catheterization. Through these tubes they pass wires in to the arteries of the heart, and over these wires they pass instruments and treatments such as heart stents that they deliver to the area of blockage. In robotic PCI, a robot that in turn is controlled by a cardiologist who sits at a robotic console controls the wires that are passed in to the heart arteries. The cardiologist uses the controls on the robotic PCI console to manipulate the wires to incredible degrees of precision allowing them to be passed in to the chosen artery and through the area of blockage. The robot then is used to deliver stents to the diseased area and treat the blockages.
Robotic Assisted PCI – Continuing The Robotic Heart Experience
Robotic PCI Heart Stents is a leap in technology similar to robotic heart surgery that has revolutionized heart surgery. Robotic heart surgery has minimized recovery, led to tiny incisions avoiding open-heart surgery, reduced wound infection, and the potential to improve these outcomes. For these reasons most major elite medical centers employ the use of a surgical robot and dedicated robotics programs and specialists.
Robotic Assisted PCI – Experience And Advantages So Far
Robotic PCI has been successfully used in several thousand cases. In terms of anatomy there is the potential for much increased visual appreciation with the working platform which in turn has the potential for unparalleled precision and placement of heart stents. Human hand deployment has the potential for misplacement and unintended movement. The potential advantages of robotic PCI are clear.
Robotic Assisted PCI – Research Proven
A study in the interventional journal of the American College of Cardiology – JACC Interventions demonstrated that Robotic Assisted PCI was feasible, safe, and had a high technical success rate for the treatment of complex coronary disease. Multiple other publications have demonstrated the use of robotic assisted PCI for use with a radial (wrist) approach and also for lower extremity peripheral vascular disease.
Robotic Assisted PCI – Information For Heart Patients
Robotic PCI is a potentially revolutionary technology and as such is only available at medical centers with significant investments in a robotic program and skilled experienced physicians. Those seeking robotic assisted PCI should seek out medical centers that have these attributes and are dedicated to outcomes for patients with coronary artery disease. In the near future myheart.net will list such centers that we have identified as being centers of excellence for Robotic Assisted PCI.