On January 8th 2013, a team of heart specialists at the DMC’s Cardiovascular Institute did something that has only been performed at three institutions in the United States.
They successfully conducted the Midwest’s first-ever “robotic-assisted” coronary revascularization to relieve heart artery blockages. DMC heart care patients now have access to the world’s most advanced treatment method for relieving blockages in heart arteries.
The Cardiac Catheterization Lab at DMC features The CorPath® 200 System, the latest technology created by Corindus Vascular Robotics. The system allows a cardiologist to sit at a control panel, operate a robotic arm to guide the catheter tube to the blockage in an artery, and remotely deploy a stent or balloon to restore blood flow — all from behind a specially designed cockpit.
CVI President Theodore L. Schreiber, M.D., a nationally recognized pioneer in using advanced catheterization techniques to treat heart ailments without having to resort to chest-cracking surgery, said that the first patient to undergo the new procedure was an 84-year-old grandmother of three from Roseville named June Frank.
When we went to speak to her she was already sitting up, eager to share her story and her admiration for Dr. Schreiber.
“He doesn’t sit with his hand on the door. You can go in and ask him a hundred questions,” said patient June Frank – who paid homage not only to Dr. Schreiber’s expertise, but to the strong relationships he builds with his patients.
“When you walk into his office I always plan out three hours to talk to him. If I have a 4 o’clock appointment I tell my sons ‘I’m not coming home until seven,’ because you know he’s talking to every patient that comes in there and he’s taking care and spending time with each patient, answering their questions and doing exactly what has to be done.”
Read more about this procedure, Dr. Schreiber and his Cardiovascular Institute team HERE.