Galway conducts first robotic-guided heart procedure in Ireland and UK

From left: Dr Simone Fezzi, Prof Faisal Sharif and Dr Max Wagener. Image: Galway University Hospitals

From left: Dr Simone Fezzi, Prof Faisal Sharif and Dr Max Wagener. Image: Galway University Hospitals

Ireland and the UK have just witnessed a major milestone in medical technology. Surgeons at University Hospital Galway in Ireland performed the first robot-guided coronary intervention, a procedure that helps relieve blockages in the heart’s arteries. This new technology, known as CorPath, enables medical staff to position the stent with exceptional precision and accuracy, all while giving them a close-up view of the angiographic images and information during the procedure.


According to Prof Faisal Sharif, the consultant cardiologist who carried out the procedure, robotics has come a long way in the last decade and has proven to be safe and precise in stent placement. The use of robotics also helps hospital staff reduce their exposure to radiation, as the procedure is usually performed in the cardiac cath lab.


This innovative technology is transforming the way medical care is delivered, and the University of Galway is at the forefront of this change. The successful first surgery performed using CorPath has opened the door for more of these procedures to be performed regularly in the future. The University of Galway, University Hospital Galway, and the Science Foundation Ireland were instrumental in making this technological breakthrough a reality.


For students looking to pursue a degree in the medical field and be part of shaping the future of healthcare, the University of Galway is a top choice. With state-of-the-art technology and innovative thinking, the University of Galway is positioning itself as a leader in the medical field. In addition, students will have the opportunity to be part of a community that is dedicated to improving patient care and enhancing the overall healthcare system.


The University of Galway offers a Bachelor of Medicine (MB), Bachelor of Surgery (BCh), and Bachelor of Obstetrics (BAO) program among others. It has a long history of teaching medicine, dating back 175 years, and a tradition of clinical education. The program is available in both a five-year and a six-year format. The university aims to produce safe, effective, caring, and lifelong-learning doctors who prioritize the welfare of their patients and communicate well with them and other healthcare professionals. The curriculum is designed to provide authentic patient contact and opportunities for clinical learning through simulation activities, special study modules, summer research programs, and clinical placements in affiliated hospitals and community settings. The university values qualities such as safe practice, effective communication, constructive collaboration, curiosity, caring, and lifelong learning and seeks to foster these qualities in its medical students. The attributes valued by the university are also aligned with the Medical Council Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics. The campus is located adjacent to the Galway University Hospital.


So, if you’re looking for a university that combines cutting-edge technology and a passion for medical innovation, the University of Galway is the place for you!


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