UC San Diego Health System offers exceptional electrophysiology facilities, including a "hybrid" operating room and state-of-the-art electrophysiology (EP) suites.
Dr. Gregory Feld in UC San Diego's newly remodeled EP lab.
Our two electrophysiology suites are dedicated to diagnosing and treating abnormal heartbeats, known as arrhythmias. The newly remodeled EP lab on the second floor of Thornton Hospital is the most advanced EP lab in the region, capable of handling many types of devices and ablation cases. It also includes a robotic EP navigation system, a large control room and live videoconferencing.
Procedures that do not require surgery, including catheter ablation and epicardial catheter ablation, are performed in an EP lab.
Hybrid Operating Room
Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is unique in the region for offering an operating room that includes both state-of-the-art imaging equipment and everything necessary for open heart surgery. This allows two physicians — a cardiac electrophysiologist and a cardiothoracic surgeon — to perform surgeries together, enhancing patients’ safety enormously during procedures such as laser lead extractions.
The hybrid operating room also is used for surgical ablations, including the Mini-Maze procedure, which are performed when radio frequency catheter ablation procedures are ineffective in patients with arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia.
Surgical ablations are often performed as an invasive open heart procedure, but UC San Diego's hybrid operating room allows us to use a minimally invasive approach. Through small incisions and fiber optic visualization ports, we can perform ablations manually or with the da Vinci robotic system. This approach has a high success rate (usually higher than 95 percent), but most important, reduces discomfort, complications and length of hospitalization in most cases.