Surgical Tools to Facilitate Cardiothoracic Device Insertion

Unmet Medical Need:  Accessing hard-to-reach areas of the heart during cardiothoracic procedures leads to prolonged operating room time/cost, increasing the risk of complications before and after surgery, including death.

Envisioned Healthcare Product:  Access tools to localize and enter the coronary sinus for left ventricular lead insertion, thus reducing operating room time, hospital stay, costs, and bleeding risks. 

Stage of Development: STTR

Collaborative Research Team:  Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic PhD and Henry Spotnitz MD

Columbia-Coulter Funding Cycle: 2012-2013