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Robotic Heart Surgery

Robotic heart surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional, open-heart valve repair surgery. SSM Health cardiothoracic surgeons use this procedure to treat mitral valve disease, atrial septal defects and myxomal excisions.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a condition requiring valve repair surgery, consider getting a second opinion from the heart and vascular experts at SSM Health. They will thoroughly review your diagnosis, suggested treatment plan and any other pertinent health history. Then, together you’ll develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery for Mitral Valve Repair

Robotic surgery for mitral valve repair provides some key benefits:

  • Eliminates the need to open the chest through the breastbone
  • Provides your surgeon with clearer access to the affected valve
  • Comes with a decreased risk of infection and pain after the operation
  • Quicker recovery time than traditional surgery

As with any surgery, there are certain risks involved. Schedule an appointment with an SSM Health cardiothoracic surgeon to discuss the risks and benefits that pertain to your overall health and condition.

How Does Robotic-Assisted Valve Repair Surgery Work?

After being placed under anesthesia, your surgeon will make three tiny incisions between the ribs. Then, a high-powered camera and surgical instruments will be carefully placed through the incisions. This camera provides your surgeon with a clear, 3D view of your heart via a computer console. Once the equipment is in place, your surgeon uses the robotic system to perform the valve repair procedure. The arms are an extension of your surgeon’s arms, providing them a wider, smoother range of motion, resulting in a far less invasive, more precise procedure.

The robotic system is completely controlled by your highly-skilled surgeon, who is  specially trained to operate the equipment.

Candidates for Robotic Heart Valve Repair

If you are suffering from mitral valve disease, atrial septal defects or myxomal excisions, you may be a candidate for robotic-assisted heart surgery. Your physician will closely examine your medical condition to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for this type of procedure. Factors that may influence their decision include:

  • Type and severity of the valve disease
  • Age
  • Medical history
  • Overall physical health
  • Current lifestyle

If you have been diagnosed with a heart condition, then you want to know your treatment is in the best hands possible. SSM Health’s expert heart and vascular specialists will take the necessary time to speak with you, examine your medical records and provide a full review of your condition. This time spent helps ensure the best possible treatment outcomes. Find a provider today, and we will get you started on your road to recovery.

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