Robot-Assisted Cardiac Procedures
DefinitionA doctor guides robotic arms to do surgery on the heart. The surgery is done through several tiny keyhole incisions.
Reasons for ProcedureRobot-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 leads implanted in heart to maintain normal rhythm.|
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- 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