DETROIT (WWJ) – A new robotic heart procedure has been performed at Beaumont Hospital-Troy for the first time in Michigan. It was used to treat a 66-year-old woman from Huntington Woods this past week with atrial fibrillation. The disorder can lead to an irregular heartbeat.
One of those performing the robotic maze procedure was Beaumont cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Phillip Robinson.READ MORE: Chief Search: Detroit Board Of Police Commissioners Agree To Find Candidates
“What this allows us to do is to now take on more complicated patients with afib because there are different types and it gives us hopefully, a better outcome for those that we do operate on.”READ MORE: Under Proposal N The City Of Detroit Says Demo, Rehab Of Abandon Properties Underway
Robinson says the procedure is used to restore a normal heart rhythm and is an alternative to open heart surgery. He says three million Americans suffer from atrial fibrillation, which causes a risk of stroke.MORE NEWS: Drugstores Offer Pfizer Vaccine For Kids Age 12-15 Under New Approval
Patients are candidates for a maze procedure if their irreglar heartbeat cannot be treated with medication or other non-surgical approaches.