Robot-Assisted Cardiac Procedures

Definition

A doctor guides robotic arms to do surgery on the heart. The surgery is done through several tiny keyhole incisions.

Reasons for Procedure

Robot-assisted cardiac procedures are done to treat a variety of conditions:
  • Robot-assisted mitral valve repair may be used to treat:
    • Stenosis —narrowing of the mitral valve
    • Regurgitation—leakage of the mitral valve
  • Robot-assisted coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) may be used to treat:
    • Blockages in the heart’s arteries
    • Severe chest pain such as angina that has not improved with medications
  • Robot-assisted atrial septal defect repair may be used to treat a hole between the upper chambers of the heart that does not close properly during fetal development.
  • Robot-assisted biventricular pacemaker lead placement may be used to treat heart failure due to atrial fibrillation , which is an irregular heart rhythm in the upper chambers of the heart.
Pacemaker Placement
Pacemaker
Pacemaker leads implanted in heart to maintain normal rhythm.
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Benefits of robot-assisted cardiac procedures may include:
  • Increased range of motion with the robotic arms
  • Ability to filter out human hand tremor and translate the doctor’s larger hand movements into smaller ones
  • Reduced trauma to the body
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery

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