You may be told the way to fix your heart is open surgery but it’s not always necessary!

Introduction to Robotic Cardiac Surgery

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.

Endoscopic Robotic Mitral Valve Repair

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.

Robotic Coronary Artery Bypass

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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T. Sloane Guy, MD is now director of Robotic & Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at Jefferson Health.

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