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St. David's South Austin Hospital Leading the Central Texas Region in Laser-Assisted Lead-Extraction Procedures
Date:10/30/2009

y high-risk procedure that could only have been executed by experienced physicians."

The Excimer® Laser Sheath allows physicians to cut away the tissue so that the lead can be removed with minimal trauma. It is especially helpful in dealing with patients who require cardiac lead extraction due to an infection. In such cases, it is unlikely that antibiotics will cure the infection with the leads in place, so they must be removed to provide the body the opportunity to heal.

"Leaving non-functioning leads in the patient's body is no longer an acceptable form of treatment for many patients," Dr. Bailey said. "We now know more about the potential problems and we know that lead removal procedures can be very effective at the hands of an experienced physician."

In addition to using a laser to remove leads, doctors at St. David's South Austin Hospital also remove leads manually or with other mechanical equipment, which account for about half of the lead-removal procedures performed at St. David's South Austin Hospital.

Implantable CRM devices are used to manage cardiac arrhythmia, or an irregular or abnormal heart rate. They are designed to monitor and regulate the heart beat or, in some cases, defibrillate (shock) the heart if it goes into a potentially life-threatening rhythm. CRMs are usually implanted into a patient's upper chest, just under the skin and soft tissue, and can be located on either the left or right side of the chest.

The Excimer® Laser is manufactured by Spectranetics® Corporation.

St. David's South Austin Hospital

St. David's South Austin Hospital is owned by St. David's HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas. St. David's South Austin Hospital, located at 901 West Ben White Blvd., is a member of St. David's HealthCare. The facility, built in 1982, offers a comprehensive and nationally recognized cardiac program, a fully renovated maternity u
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