Ohio hospital pioneering robotic catheter use

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio hospital says it's one of the first in the Midwest using a robotic catheter system to aid in vascular surgery.

Magellan Robotic Catheter Systems are being used at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. They allow control of a catheter for intravascular procedures, including lifesaving surgery on arteries and veins.

Doctors tell the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1leT67o ) that the system offers greater control and precision. Surgeons sit at a station controlling a catheter, navigating the arteries.

Vascular surgeons work to remove blockages in arteries that could lead to swelling or aneurysms. Such surgery can restore smooth blood flow, ending pain, non-healing ulcers and other problems.

Dr. John Matsuura, a Wright State University professor of surgery, says the system results in less patient trauma and shorter surgery times.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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