March 13, 2014
Hudson/Tampa Bay, FL – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute, announced today that Cardiothoracic Surgeons and Electrophysiologists (Cardiologists who specialize in treating abnormal heart rhythms) have combined their unique skills to provide even the most difficult-to-treat patients with a new treatment option for atrial fibrillation.
The new minimally invasive treatment option is known as the Convergent Procedure. The procedure begins with a cardiothoracic surgeon navigating a special catheter through a small incision in the abdomen, allowing access to the posterior of the atrium under direct visualization. Then using radiofrequency (focused heat), the surgeon produces complete linear lesions (scar tissue) on the outside of the heart to block abnormal electrical signals.
The Electrophysiologist then threads an ablation catheter through the groin area to reach inside the upper left chamber of the heart to ensure the lesions are complete and connected utilizing EP diagnostics to confirm that abnormal electrical signals have been interrupted.
Performed at the hospital’s Arrhythmia Center of Florida, this multidisciplinary Heart Team approach allows EPs to utilize best practices and standardize new procedures, giving them the ability to isolate the heart safely and effectively. The Convergent Procedure provides a new minimally invasive treatment option for longtime atrial fibrillation patients, offering shorter recovery times to get patients back to enjoying a better quality of life
Participating Physicians of the Convergent Procedure Team include: