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Renal Denervation for Hypertension

Renal denervation is a revolutionary new blood pressure treatment that can lower blood pressure in patients with treatment-resistant hypertension.

What is Renal Denervation?

Renal denervation, also known as renal artery ablation for hypertension, is a minimally invasive procedure that targets the nerves surrounding the kidney arteries. These nerves play a crucial role in regulating blood pressure. By disrupting the nerve signals, renal denervation aims to reduce blood pressure in patients who have not responded adequately to traditional hypertension treatments.

Dr. Steiner is a leading interventional cardiologist in Orlando and the first physician in Central Florida to successfully offer the renal denervation procedure for hypertension outside of a research setting. With his extensive experience and expertise in cutting-edge cardiovascular treatments, Dr. Steiner is committed to providing his patients with the most advanced and effective options for managing their high blood pressure.

Risks and Benefits of Renal Denervation

As with any medical procedure, renal denervation carries both potential benefits and risks.


  • Potential to significantly lower blood pressure in treatment-resistant hypertension patients
  • Minimally invasive procedure with short recovery time May reduce the need for multiple antihypertensive medications



  • Bleeding, bruising, or infection at the catheter insertion site
  • Damage to the kidney arteries or nearby blood vessels, although none was seen in the clinical trials
  • Temporary abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Potential need for additional interventions if the desired blood pressure reduction is not achieved

What to Expect Before, During, and After Renal Denervation

Before the procedure, your healthcare provider will review your medical history, perform a physical examination, and may order additional tests to assess your suitability for renal denervation. You will receive instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, including any necessary changes to your medications.

During the renal denervation surgery, you will lie on an operating table while the medical team monitors your vital signs. After numbing the insertion site, the physician will guide the catheter to your kidney arteries and perform the ablation. The entire procedure typically takes around an hour.

After the procedure, you will be monitored in a recovery area for several hours. Most patients can return home the same day, but you will need someone to drive you. You may experience mild discomfort, bruising, or soreness at the insertion site, which should resolve within a few days. Your healthcare provider will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your blood pressure and overall health after this new blood pressure treatment.

Am I a Candidate for Renal Denervation Surgery?

If you have been diagnosed with treatment-resistant hypertension and are struggling to control your blood pressure despite lifestyle changes and medication, you may be a candidate for renal denervation surgery. Your healthcare provider will evaluate your suitability for this procedure based on several factors, including:

  • Persistently high blood pressure (>140/90 mmHg) despite taking optimal tolerated regimen of antihypertensive medications
  • Absence of secondary causes of hypertension, such as sleep apnea, kidney disease, or hormonal disorders
  • No significant kidney artery abnormalities or atherosclerosis
  • Overall good health and ability to undergo the procedure safely

Treat Your Hypertension with Minimally Invasive Renal Denervation

For those struggling with treatment-resistant hypertension, renal denervation may offer new hope for effectively managing your blood pressure. As a minimally invasive procedure performed by experienced professionals like Dr. Steiner, renal denervation targets the nerves surrounding the kidney arteries to help regulate blood pressure. By choosing this innovative treatment option, you can take a proactive step towards improving your cardiovascular health and quality of life. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how renal denervation can help you achieve better blood pressure control.

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