Robotic Heart Surgery
Robotic Heart Surgery is done with the help of a special robotic device, called the da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci robot is a highly sophisticated tool that enables the surgeon to perform the procedure with greater precision and control than is possible in traditional hands-on surgery. In robotically assisted surgeries, the chest cavity is accessed through dime-size "keyhole" incisions eliminating the need for sternotomy--a large incision through the breastbone (sternum).
The surgeon sits in a console equipped with controls that direct robotic arms to perform the surgery. The da Vinci's robotic arms are essentially an extension of the surgeon's hands. A tiny camera attached to a robotic arm gives the surgeon a very detailed, three-dimensional view of the operating space inside the chest. The robotic arms are very agile, providing the surgeon a greater range of motion than is possible with hand-manipulated moves in standard procedures.
- Less scarring, blood loss and pain
- Shorter hospital stays
- Quicker recovery time
- Decreased risk of infection
Specialty Robotic surgeries include:
- Excision of Atrial Myxoma
- Closure of Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
- Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement