April 13, 2012

Maury Regional reaches another milestone

COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) reached another milestone on March 13, 2012 when Dr. Daniel Skarzynski performed the 1000th radial artery cardiac catheterization since the procedure was first introduced here less than three years ago.

In December 2009, Dr. Kevin Maquiling, an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff of MRMC and Vanderbilt Heart-Columbia, performed a radial artery cardiac catheterization on local pharmacist Stewart Fisher. At that time, it was so new that Fisher was one of just three percent of people in the United States to have received the procedure.

The evaluation of coronary arteries via cardiac catheterization has been standard for years, but the new procedure takes a more direct route to reach the heart. The traditional approach requires the catheter, a thin tube, be inserted into a blood vessel through the patient’s groin.

The radial artery cardiac catheterization is less invasive, reaching the heart via a small puncture through the wrist. The benefits to the patient include a significant decrease in recovery time and discomfort as well as a lower possibility of complications.

The traditional approach requires a patient to lie still on their back for up to six hours after the surgery, and in most cases, remain hospitalized for at least another day. With the radial procedure, patients can be back on their feet almost immediately.

“Following a straightforward radial artery catheterization, many patients are ready to be discharged within a few hours and can resume most normal activities the following day,” said Kellyanne Dandridge, manager of the MRMC catheterization laboratory.

Dr. Fathi Ali also performs radial artery catheterizations at Maury Regional, which in 2011, was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters, a research agency which analyzes the performance of hospitals in a number of key areas including mortality rates, risk-adjusted complications and readmission rates. Thomson Reuters also ranked Maury Regional and its affiliates among the nation’s 10 Top Health Systems.