Dr. Joseph Ricotta is First to Offer Magellan™ Endovascular Robotic System in Palm Beach County



Ryan Lieber


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Delray Medical Center First to Offer Technologically Advanced Magellan™ Endovascular Robotic System in Palm Beach County

Delray Beach, Fla. (November 30, 2016) – Delray Medical Center is the first and only hospital in Palm Beach County to acquire the new Magellan™ Endovascular Robotic System, which enables physicians to perform complex, yet minimally invasive, endovascular procedures with extraordinary accuracy and precision. Dr. Joseph Ricotta, vascular surgeon, was the first surgeon in the southeastern U.S. to utilize the Magellan TM robot in 2014, when he used it to open up a 40cm-long blockage in a patient’s leg artery.

The new physician-controlled Magellan Robotic System, manufactured by Hansen Medical, Inc., is a minimally invasive approach that allows physicians to control and manipulate wires and catheters that are inserted through a small puncture in the groin from a remote workstation. It is proven to provide safe navigation through small vessels, allows targeted treatments with unprecedented precision, reduces radiation exposure, and produces superior patient outcomes.  The sophisticated intravascular robotic platform integrates levels of three-dimensional catheter control with three-dimensional visualization, a combination that provides accuracy and stability to the physician

“This new system provides a great service to the South Florida community as it gives patients access to state-of-the-art treatment and robotic procedural precision,” said Dr. Ricotta, Regional Medical Director for Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy of the Tenet Florida Heart and Vascular Network. “It simplifies complex procedures, allowing us to treat more patients with all types of vascular disease using the minimally-invasive, endovascular approach. Patients that previously required open surgical treatment or could not be treated at all, can now be successfully treated using the Magellan TM robot. The robot also reduces radiation exposure for both patients and physicians and allows us to perform complex procedures more efficiently with minimal risk.”

The Magellan TM offers treatment for peripheral vascular disease, which affects more than 27 million patients worldwide. Patients with this condition can suffer from decreased blood flow, which can lead to disability and amputation, stroke or blood clots and even death. The rates of diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis and obesity are also on the rise worldwide and are contributors to the growth rate of vascular disease in an aging population.

“We are proud to be the first in the county to implement this groundbreaking technology and expand our range of robotic services,” said Mark Bryan, hospital CEO. “It is our goal to remain a leader in cardiovascular care and research in our community.”

Delray Medical Center is also the first hospital from Miami to West Palm Beach to commercially utilize the Abbott Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold in the treatment of coronary artery disease. The hospital offers a wide range of resources to treat routine and complex cardiovascular cases. Delray Medical Center is equipped with the technology and experts to treat patients with the utmost quality care from diagnosis to surgery to rehabilitation. For more information about the hospital’s heart & vascular services, please visit www.delraymedicalctr.com/our-services/heart-vascular.


About Delray Medical Center

For more than 30 years, Delray Medical Center, a 493-bed acute care hospital, has served the communities of South Palm Beach County. As both a community hospital and state-designated Level I Trauma Center, Delray Medical Center has the ability to offer several specialized services including cardiac care, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, neurosciences, emergency care and more.

For the past 10 years, Delray Medical Center has been named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades® and is a recipient of the Healthgrades® Distinguished Hospital Award – Clinical Excellence for 14 years in a row. The hospital is also proud to have achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation. Additionally, Delray Medical Center was named one of the top 100 great community hospitals, as well as one of the top 100 hospitals with great neurosurgery and spine programs, by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Delray Medical Center is a Joint Commission certified and state-designated Comprehensive Stroke Center. The hospital recently earned the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll-Elite Plus from the American Heart/Stroke Association. The hospital has also been acknowledged as a Blue Distinction Center for cardiac care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Delray Medical Center’s Pinecrest Rehabilitation and Outpatient Hospital is designated by the State of Florida Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Center for Adults and has received 3-year accreditation status as a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program from CARF International.

In further demonstration of Delray Medical Center’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care, the hospital is actively involved in community outreach, regularly sponsoring events and hosting community lectures and fundraisers. For more information or for a free physician referral, please call 1-800-897-9789 or visit www.delraymedicalctr.com.