Frequently Asked Questions:
The short answer is yes, for sure. There are several companies working on newer robotic systems and the existing company that makes the surgical robot is continually improving its platform. Additionally, there is a lot of development in progress for trans-catheter percutaneous mitral valve repair and replacement. It appears that although there is promising technology being developed, we are still far away from a trans-catheter platform that will replace the same quality of surgery currently provided. That being said, the future is hard to predict and I could certainly be wrong. At this point, I would not recommend “waiting for the next best thing” to come around as the technique we are currently using is already very minimally invasive.
It is so frightening to be patient in today’s world. In the current era, the internet is a wonderful way for patients to learn about their problem and find out what is best for them. Understanding your diagnosis and treatment options makes you more comfortable with your care. I find that well informed patients are also much easier to talk to in the office. I have heard so many doctors criticize patients for going to the internet, yet all of them will do exactly the same if they fall ill. I would encourage you to search the internet far and wide to find out all your options, but then check them out in person. Just remember, it is your body and you are in charge! To make good decisions, you need to be informed.