Dr. Joseph Dell‘Orfano isn’t afraid of a challenge. “In thinking about my first magnetic procedure with the Stereotaxis Niobe system, I probably chose the most difficult case to start with!” says Dr. Dell‘Orfano, a cardiac
electrophysiologist (EP) with the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT. “But we were able to terminate the atrial flutter without any difficulty,” he adds. “The Niobe system is extremely safe – perforations are nearly unheard of – and it allows us excellent accuracy and maneuverability.”
Deciding to become an EP while working as an Internal Medicine resident at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Dell‘Orfano says he entered the field at an exciting time. “I had the privilege of observing the prep work for the first supraventricular tachycardia ablation ever performed at Saint Francis,” he says. Attracted to the Niobe’s superior safety record, the EP group at Saint Francis first installed the system in 2007, later upgrading to the third generation Niobe ES. For Stereotaxis use, the Hoffman Institute at Saint Francis ranks number one in the Northeast and 10th largest in the U.S. Dr. Dell‘Orfano has performed well over 600 ablation procedures with the Niobe remote magnetic navigation system.