The Stereotaxis Experience
How is magnetic navigation different?
While a manual catheter ablation uses a catheter that is stiff, difficult to manipulate to the desired spot and may even puncture the heart, remote magnetic navigation differs. Unlike manual methods, remote magnetic navigation enhances a physician’s reach and goes right to the source of the problem. It’s designed with a patient’s safety in mind and delivers a new standard of precision. This breakthrough technology allows a physician to navigate a specialized ultra-soft catheter within complex heart anatomy using less radiation1. Correcting the arrhythmia and returning the heart to a normal healthy rhythm, patients routinely experience long-term success2.
What to expect?
When undergoing a procedure using Stereotaxis’ remote magnetic navigation system, a patient is sedated and feels minimal discomfort. Using magnetic navigation, the physician remotely moves the catheter inside the patient’s heart. When the diseased part of the heart is located, tiny electrical pulses are administered to correct the arrhythmia and return the heart to its original healthy rhythm. As an added safety measure, the catheter used is extremely soft and unlikely to damage even the thinnest walls of a patient’s heart.
The magnetic navigation system delivers excellent precision and safety, along with significantly less radiation exposure than manual methods. It is also minimally invasive with minimal scarring. Many patients sense an immediate improvement after recovering from sedation. Many also feel relieved that their doctor had treated their arrhythmia successfully.
Most patients are able to return to their normal, everyday life quickly after just a single night’s stay in the hospital. The main limitation during the recovery period is a brief refrain from heavy lifting or any other vigorous activity. Some patients find that they can even return to work a mere two days after the procedure.
1. Luthje et al., Clin Res Cardiol 2011
2. Bun, et al., PACE 2014