The world’s smallest pacemaker is now an option for patients at Sioux City’s Mercy Medical Center.
The Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is about one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker.
Doctor Roque Arteaga is a cardiologist at Mercy and successfully completed the first surgery in Siouxland Wednesday.
Dr. Arteaga says the procedure went extremely well.
He says the Micra TPS is less invasive.
Since the device doesn’t have any wires like a traditional pacemaker, Dr. Arteaga says the risk for infection is low.
"This would be a perfect device for someone that requires space and therapy but is a high risk for infection," said Dr. Roque Arteaga, "So it’s another option for the patient."
Mercy is one of the first hospitals in the state of Iowa to offer the Micra pacemaker.
The device was approved by the FDA in April of 2016.
Dr. Arteaga says the Micra pacemaker will last for nine to 13 years.
Patients are typically able to go home four to six hours after the procedure.
To learn more about the Micra TPS click here.