da Vinci Heart Surgery

Also known as: 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

  • Thymectomy
  • Excision of Atrial Myxoma
  • Closure of Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
  • Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement

Contact Us

Providence Northwest Heart & Lung - Spokane

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

Providence Spokane Heart Institute