We’re upon a world first for remote medical procedure as Dr. André Ng is all set to perform the first ever heart rhythm treatment operation using the Catheter Robotics Remote Catheter Manipulation System. Dr. Ng will be able to perform the procedure from a remote location outside of the radiation zone using a robotic arm.
This procedure will take place at the Glenfield Hospital Leicester thanks to additional help and expertise from the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester.
The procedure Dr. Ng will conduct involves inserting thin wires (catheters) into veins near the groin and moving them through to the heart chambers. The catheters contain electrodes that will record and stimulate parts of the heart in order for Dr. Ng to identify the cause of the problem in the patient. Once the cause of the issue is found, the device will “burn” the tissue around the problem area to fix the abnormality. The procedure, called catheter ablation has been used for the past twenty years or so but never before using remote robotics technology.
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