High Tech Heart Surgery
Heart Surgery Without the Large Incision
Today, your doctor can treat a range of heart conditions - from mitral valve prolapse to coronary artery disease - minimally invasively with da Vinci® Surgery. This procedure requires only a few small incisions, so you can get back to life faster - without sternotomy (a 6-8 inch chest incision) - and without the usual recovery following major surgery.
Robotic Heart Surgery at Porter Adventist Hospital (Denver Metro area)
Robotic Heart Surgery at Penrose St. Francis Cardiothoracic Surgery (Colorado Springs)
Minimally Invasive Surgery could be for you if...
- You would like to avoid a large incision and scar.
- It is important that you are able to return to normal activities (like driving) as soon as possible after surgery.
- You would like to minimize the length of time you are in the hospital to just one night, if possible.
- You would like to minimize blood loss and need for blood transfusion(s) during surgery.
- You would like to limit the amount/duration of pain medications taken after surgery.
- You would like to minimize your risk of infection after the surgery.
Greater precision. Smaller incision.
In robotic-assisted surgery, the surgeon uses a specially-designed computer console to control surgical instruments on thin robotic arms. This allows the surgeon to perform complex heart surgeries with smaller incisions and precise motion control, often resulting in improved outcomes for patients.
Robotic cardiac procedures include:
- Coronary bypass
- Mitral valve repair
- Mitral valve replacement
- Tricuspid valve repair
- Atrial Septal defect closure
- Ventricular pacing lead placement
What patients are saying:
“It was really very easy. My recovery took no longer than two weeks, and I am doing great now. I just have four little incisions on my right side. I was sore, which was only natural, but I was amazed at how well I got along.”
-- Marlene S., robotic-assisted heart surgery patient