Is robotic mitral valve repair “open heart surgery”?

Yes it is. The patient still is placed on the heart lung machine and the heart is “put to sleep” or “stopped” by a “drug” called cardioplegia.  In a typical totally endoscopic robotic mitral valve procedure (or similar procedure), I use a catheter-based system to do these things using the peripheral arteries and veins.


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T. Sloane Guy, MD

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