Staff cardiologists at Baylor Scott & White Health hospitals in Plano, Dallas, and Fort Worth recently integrated robotic-assisted technology while performing coronary angioplasties, a surgery placing cardiac stents to increase bloodflow.
The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, and Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center-Fort Worth all performed procedures using the Corindus Vascular Robotics CorPAth System. The system is the first and only FDA-cleared medical device to bring robotic-assisted precision to coronary angioplasty procedures.
The first procedure using the system was conducted in January at Heart Hospital Baylor Plano by Dr. Srinivas Potluri. According to Potluri, “combining the enhanced visualization of the X-ray images with robotic precision will transform the way we perform angioplasty procedures and should ultimately improve patient care.”
Traditionally during coronary angioplasty, a balloon is used to physically open an artery blockage and help increase blood flow. And during an angioplasty, cardiologists often use stents—wire metal mesh tubes—to keep the artery open during the procedure. While the U.S. conducts around 900,000 angioplasties per year, this procedure has remained largely unchanged for decades.
Jeffery Schussler, an interventional cardiologist and ICU medical director at Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital, believes the development of medical technology like the Cordinus system can improve cardiac procedures like angioplasty.
“Robotics offers physicians and patients a minimally invasive technology that improves the precision of stent and balloon placements and reduces radiation exposure during the procedure for physicians,” Schussler said.