SSM Heart Institute cardiothoracic surgeon recognized as national leader in robotic-assisted surgery 

ST. LOUIS – Dr. David Theodoro with the SSM Heart Institute at DePaul Health Center is now one of only two cardiothoracic surgeons in the state of Missouri and the only surgeon in the St. Louis region to be recognized on a national surgeon finder database for his work with robotic-assisted mitral valve repair surgery. Dr. Theodoro is already recognized for his work in minimally invasive heart valve surgery. This newest honor is a result of his achieved volume and experience with the da Vinci robotic surgery system, placing him among the leading surgeons nationally for this type of procedure.

The database, which is available on the Intuitive web site, is used by patients across the country to find the top physicians who perform robotic-assisted surgery. Intuitive is the maker of the da Vinci robot.

The da Vinci robot enhances the ability of surgeons to perform the most complex procedures through a few small incisions. By using the da Vinci, Dr. Theodoro is able to tie knots and reshape the valve with greater precision than ever before. The technology also improves on the previous minimally invasive technique by dramatically increasing visualization within the heart. The da Vinci Surgical System can help surgeons avoid mitral valve replacement. A repair can provide many significant advantages as compared with mitral valve replacement, including:
• No need for life-long blood thinners
• Reduced risk of surgical complications
• A higher long-term survival rate
• Improved heart function

The da Vinci Surgical System can also:
• Reduce risk of infection
• Decrease blood loss
• Speed recovery

For more information about robotic-assisted surgery with Dr. Theodoro and the SSM Heart Institute, call 314-647-8269.

About SSM Heart Institute
A service of SSM Health Care – St. Louis, SSM Heart Institute is the St. Louis region’s most experienced provider of comprehensive heart care. A team of more than 100 skilled cardiologists, electrophysiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons provides the most advanced treatment, advanced techniques and unparalleled experience for the best clinical outcomes. Combined with expert nursing and technical staff, this team offers a full range of services to prevent, diagnose and treat heart disease. SSM Heart Institute services are available at five SSM hospitals located in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. For more information, go to  

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