You may have been told that the only way to fix your problem is to have your sternum (breastplate) sawed open but in many cases you don’t!
Robotic heart surgery is a form of minimally invasive heart surgery that allows a surgeon and their team to use dexterous robotic instruments and a robotic high-definition 3D camera to perform precision surgery through tiny incisions.
The robot is particularly helpful for performing mitral valve repair surgery because of the valve’s location in the heart. Mitral valve repair is often performed for mitral valve regurgitation. With endoscopic robotic mitral valve repair, the incisions are between 8mm and 12mm.
The robot can be used to bypass blocked or narrowed coronary arteries. Our favored approach is to use the robotic to perform the entire bypass procedure. The TECAB (Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass) operation involves only small incisions between 8 and 12mm.
Here we try to answer the most common questions asked by our patients. We also include questions that patients should ask as recommended by major medical societies such as the American College of Surgeons or Society of Thoracic Surgeons.