Symplicity™ Renal Denervation:

Symplicity™ Renal Denervation:

A New Way to Treat Resistant Hypertension

When medication and lifestyle changes aren’t enough to reduce high blood pressure, there is now another option.

Symplicity™ renal denervation is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) that hasn’t improved with other methods.

Kansas Heart Hospital is one of the few centers in the region to offer this leading-edge high blood pressure treatment.

What is it?

The Symplicity™ blood pressure procedure (BPP) is approved to help lower blood pressure. It involves a minimally invasive process called renal denervation or renal ablation. “Renal” refers to the kidneys.

 

How does it work? What do the kidneys have to do with blood pressure?

The body has many ways of controlling blood pressure; the heart is only part of the picture. In some people, the nerves connected to the kidneys (renal nerves) are overactive, disrupting this natural control function.

Renal denervation reduces this excess nerve activity so the body can lower blood pressure.

 

What’s involved in the renal denervation procedure?

The doctor uses a specially designed Symplicity catheter device to send radiofrequency pulses into the renal arteries. The radiofrequency energy burns (ablates) the overactive nerves within the arteries without damaging the arteries themselves.

 

Is renal denervation right for me?

Renal denervation may be an option for resistant hypertension — high blood pressure that hasn’t responded to typical treatments.

You may be a candidate if:

  • Medication and lifestyle changes haven’t done enough to lower your blood pressure
  • You are on four or more medications
  • You’ve been trying for some time to get your high blood pressure under control
  • Your blood vessels are healthy enough to permit the procedure

Contact Kansas Heart Hospital today to set up an appointment. We can perform a screening to see if you are a candidate.

Meet the Cardiologist

Aziz Maksoud, MD, FACC

Cardiovascular Medicine

Medical School

American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon)

Training

Specialty
Internal Medicine (University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita)

Subspecialty
Cardiovascular Medicine (University of Kansas School of Medicine – Kansas City)
Interventional Cardiology (University of Connecticut, Hartford Hospital)

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Cardiology
American Board of Interventional Cardiology

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there risks?

    Every medical procedure involves risk, and not every person will experience the same results. These risks should be considered in relation to the procedure’s potential benefits. The doctor will review this information with you.

  • Is this an inpatient or outpatient procedure?

    The procedure is performed at Kansas Heart Hospital. You may go home the same day or stay overnight. The doctor will determine what is best for your unique situation.

  • How long does the procedure take?

    The actual renal denervation procedure takes about an hour, not counting preparation and recovery time.

  • What happens during the procedure? Will I be conscious?

    The procedure is done under sedation, so you will be conscious (awake) but very relaxed, sleepy and comfortable. You will receive a local anesthetic.

    The doctor will make a small incision in the thigh where the femoral artery is located. They will insert a very thin tube (catheter) into this large artery, continuing up to the renal artery leading to the kidney. The doctor will then use the Symplicity device to ablate the overactive nerves within the renal artery.

    When the ablation is complete, the doctor will remove the catheter, leaving no device behind in your body. You may experience some pain during the procedure.

  • Will the procedure “fix” my high blood pressure?

    The Symplicity procedure is approved to complement treatments you may already be trying, such as medications and lifestyle changes. It is used when these other methods don’t control your blood pressure well enough. You’ll work with your care provider on a treatment plan going forward.

Request an Appointment

Contact Kansas Heart Hospital today to set up an appointment. We can perform a screening to see if you are a candidate.