also known as interventional renal sympathetic denervation, is a new procedure for controlling disorders related to high blood pressure. Nerve endings are ablated; this is an effective way of reducing blood pressure, as well as the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
High blood pressure is one of the most common causes of death in Germany. And one of the most dangerous types of high blood pressure is in turn refractory arterial hypertension. 'Refractory' means that drugs alone are not enough to bring about the necessary reduction in blood pressure. In such cases, renal denervation can help.
New procedure, new possibilities
Renal denervation can be a successful way of reducing high blood pressure which cannot be controlled by medication. In 90% of all cases, statistics show that blood pressure can be reduced successfully by between 25 and 40 mmHg. The latest medical surveys suggest that this effect lasts for at least two years. Successfully treated patients also report a reduction in anxiety, better sleep, and fewer headaches.
What happens during renal denervation
During renal denervation, a catheter is passed from the groin to the renal artery. At its tip is an electrode, which can deliver current. The catheter is positioned on the artery wall, and ablates the nerve fibers around the kidney in a helical pattern, with the result that the kidney is disconnected from the nervous system.
The procedure is not yet a matter of routine. Nonetheless, our specialists already have considerable experience in the treatment of hypertensive patients with renal denervation, and will of course discuss any potential risks with you beforehand.
The intervention requires a local anesthetic to be administered at the insertion point in your groin. The only brief discomfort that will be felt is when the current is delivered; otherwise, you should find renal denervation to be a pain-free procedure. Treatment lasts for about 45 minutes, and you will usually be able to leave the Heart Center Leipzig one or two days later. A follow-up examination should be conducted after three months.
is a very important principle when it comes to patient treatment. Patients with high blood pressure who find little relief in medication should contact our certified hypertension outpatient clinic at the Heart Center.