Cardiothoracic Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci Surgical System offers heart patients the benefits of surgery, but with a minimally invasive approach. Those potential benefits include:

  • Lower mortality in advanced disease
  • Minimal pain, including low postoperative neuralgia (pain caused by nerve damage)
  • Low blood loss
  • Few complications
  • Fast return of cardiac function
  • Short hospital stay
  • Fast recovery

The da Vinci Surgical System is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including magnified, high-definition, 3D vision. Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. Though it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci cannot act on its own. The surgery is performed entirely by your doctor.

Together, da Vinci technology allows your doctor to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings. As a result, you may be able to get back to normal activities faster — without the usual recovery following major surgery.

The da Vinci System has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date.

As with any surgery, these benefits can not be guaranteed, as surgery is specific to each patient and procedure. Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation.

Procedures

Mitrial Valve Repair


Dr. Rodriguez is a robotic-certified cardiac
surgeon with Saint Thomas Hospital.
Find out more about Dr. Rodriguez.

If your doctor recommends heart valve surgery, you may be a candidate for a safe, effective and minimally invasive procedure – da Vinci Surgery. Using the most advanced technology available, da Vinci Surgery provides your doctor with superior vision, precision, dexterity and control. A da Vinci mitral valve repair allows for improved access inside the thoracic cavity.

A mitral valve repair using the da Vinci Surgery system is performed through a few tiny incisions that access the thoracic cavity. da Vinci is minimally invasive, unlike a traditional heart surgery. In the past, most heart surgeries required a full opening of the chest cavity to access the heart valve – often creating a long and painful recovery period for the patient.

Cardiac Re-Vascularization Surgery


Dr. Ramaiah is a robotic-certified cardiac
surgeon with Saint Thomas Hospital.
Find out more about Dr. Ramaiah.

Dr. Tedder is a robotic-certified cardiac
surgeon with Saint Thomas Hospital.
Find out more about Dr. Tedder.

If your doctor recommends cardiac bypass surgery, you may be a candidate for a safe, effective and minimally invasive procedure – da Vinci Surgery. Using the most advanced technology available, da Vinci Surgery provides your doctor with superior vision, precision, dexterity and control. A da Vinci bypass surgery allows for improved access inside the thoracic cavity.

Cardiac Re-Vascularization Surgery using the da Vinci Surgery system is performed through a few tiny incisions that access the thoracic cavity. da Vinci is minimally invasive, unlike a traditional heart surgery. In the past, most heart surgeries required a full opening of the chest cavity to access the heart – often creating a long and painful recovery period for the patient.

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