Electrophysiology Facilities

UC San Diego Health offers exceptional electrophysiology facilities, including a "hybrid" operating room and state-of-the-art electrophysiology (EP) suites.

Dr. Victor Pretorius gives an overview of the hybrid operating room, where he performs laser lead extractions.

Electrophysiology Suites

Our two electrophysiology suites are dedicated to diagnosing and treating abnormal heartbeats, known as arrhythmias. Procedures that do not require surgery, including catheter ablation and epicardial catheter ablation, are performed in an EP lab. The newly remodeled EP lab includes a robotic EP navigation system, a large control room, and live videoconferencing.

Hybrid Operating Room

Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center's operating room 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 importantly, reduces discomfort, complications and length of hospitalization in most cases.