Comprehensive robotic surgery program

Robotic Cardiac (Heart) Surgery

For anyone who needs open heart surgery, feeling nervous is very understandable. The da Vinci® Xi Surgical System offers patients a new way to undergo cardiac surgery. Robotic heart surgery can mean a less invasive procedures that carries a lower risk of complications.

Please contact your doctor to learn more about robotic surgery and find out if you may be a candidate for surgery using the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System. Our doctors perform robotic surgery for people in Austin and throughout Central Texas.

A Robotic Touch for Heart-Smart Surgery

Heart surgery involves surgical repair to the heart, blood vessels or other areas of the cardiovascular system. Open (traditional) heart surgery is usually done with a large incision made in the chest through the breastbone and ribs. This is considered a very invasive procedure and has many risks associated with it.

Robotic surgical techniques are advanced enough to mean a less invasive surgery and a faster healing time. Using this newer method means that patients have an alternative to open heart surgery that can still improve their health and help them feel better. With the use of the robotic surgery technology offered by the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System, surgeons use small cameras and motion control systems to complete surgery. Robotic surgery is always controlled by your surgeon, so you can feel safe about your care.

Benefits of Robotic Treatments

The benefits to using the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System for your heart surgery can include:

  • Less risk of major cardiac events after surgery (such as a heart attack or stroke)
  • Less overall blood loss
  • Faster return to normal activity
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Your hospital stay should be shorter
  • Less scarring due to smaller incisions

Common Robotic Surgery Options

Robotic surgery is less invasive than open surgery. This means that incisions are smaller, and you can recover more quickly afterward. Many of the most common heart surgery procedures, such as coronary artery bypass and heart valve repair or replacement, can be performed using robotic surgery.

Mitral Valve Repair Surgery

The goal of this surgery is to get your mitral valve to open and close the way it should. This is done with either valve repair or valve replacement surgery, depending on what your doctor thinks will be best for you. A successful repair may also eliminate the need for either lifelong use of blood-thinning medicines or future surgeries to replace weakened replacement valves.

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The da Vinci difference for mitral valve repair

The mitral valve utilizes two flaps that control blood flow to the heart and also prevent it from flowing backwards. Failure of the second flap to seal properly is referred to as prolapse or regurgitation, and it can make the heart work harder and increase the risk of heart failure. This condition can occur in both men and women of all ages. The mitral valve is sometimes abnormal from birth, or it can also be damaged by infection or heart disease.

Revascularization

Also known as coronary bypass surgery, this can be an option for people with coronary artery disease whose symptoms can’t be managed with lifestyle changes and medication. Coronary artery disease occurs when the arteries that bring blood to the heart narrow or become clogged by plaque (a buildup of fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances in the blood). A blood clot can form if plaque loosens and breaks off from the walls of the artery. This clot can either partially or completely block blood flow.

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The da Vinci difference for coronary artery bypass

Surgery can repair and restructure the arteries near the heart to redirect blood flow around blockages. Severe cases of coronary artery disease require surgery to widen or unblock clogged arteries and increase blood flow to the heart.

Robotic surgery can be used for patients who need any of these procedures. The da Vinci® Xi Surgical System allows surgeons to perform heart surgery without as much disruption to the rest of the body. The system is designed to cause less damage to the tissue surrounding the surgical site. Both of these benefits, when taken together, mean that your hospital stay should be shorter, and you’ll feel back to normal faster.

Is Robotic Heart Surgery Right for Me?

Robotic surgery can be ideal for those patients who might not be candidates for open surgery, but still need the surgery to improve their health. You should check with your doctor to see if robotic surgery is right for you. Depending on your physical health and how serious your heart condition is, your doctor may recommend the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System.