Robotic-Assisted Heart Surgery

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Robotic-Assisted Surgery

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da Vinci® Robotic Assisted Heart Surgery

The robotic surgical system uses computer technology providing breakthrough minimally invasive surgical capabilities that offer many benefits.

How Robotic-Assisted Surgeries are Performed:

Through robotic assisted visualization, dexterity, precision and control, a surgeon can perform a wide array of procedures through small 1-2 cm incisions. During an operation, the surgeon sits at a console in the surgical suite and directs the robotic arms to perform the surgery. The robot seamlessly and directly translates the surgeon’s natural hand, wrist and finger movements from controls at the console to the surgical instruments inside the patient.

Robotic-assisted heart surgery may be performed without separating the breastbone (sternum) and ribcage. During the procedure, small keyhole incisions (one to two centimeters) are made in the chest, between the ribs, allowing for the surgical equipment and a tiny camera, called an endoscope, to reach the heart. Unlike traditional open-heart surgery, procedures are performed while the heart is still beating and do not always require the use of a heart-lung machine.

Enabling Surgeons with

  • Greater range of motion and precision than with hand-manipulated, minimally invasive procedures
  • A magnified, high-definition, three-dimensional view when operating
  • Instruments that become an extension of the surgeon’s wrists, hands and fingers to move the tiny surgical instruments in a delicate, precise manner

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Procedures

Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Heart Surgery

By using the robotic surgical system for heart surgery, the breastbone (sternum) often remains intact. 

  • Less post-operative pain
  • Reduced trauma to the body
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Reduced blood loss and need for transfusions
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Following the procedure, cardiac rehabilitation is provided in stages to help reduce risk for future heart problems and speed the recovery process quick.