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Offered by the heart specialists at Dignity Health, cardiovascular robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive heart surgery. Robot-assisted surgical techniques result in smaller incisions, less damage to nearby tissue, and shorter recovery times than open heart surgery.
Traditional cardiovascular surgery usually involves making a large incision in the chest and separating the sternum (breastbone). Robot-assisted cardiovascular surgery is minimally invasive because it uses smaller incisions between your ribs and does not usually require going through the sternum.
If you would like to learn more about robotic surgery in Arizona, call 855.231.6180 or Find a Doctor at Dignity Health. We are nationally recognized leaders in heart and vascular care and use the latest technologies and techniques.
For robot-assisted cardiovascular surgery, a cardiovascular surgeon at Dignity Health controls robotic “arms” with attached surgical instruments placed inside the chest incisions. The surgeon moves his own hands and wrists and the instruments on the robot’s arms make the same movements. This allows for very precise movements in and around the heart with less trauma to the body.
Cardiovascular surgeries that can be performed with robotic assistance include:
Not all patients who need heart surgery are candidates for robot-assisted surgery, including those who have other cardiac conditions that need to be repaired at the same time. Your surgeon will evaluate your overall health and heart condition before determining the appropriate surgical approach.
Robot-assisted cardiovascular surgery will be performed in a Dignity Health hospital by a specially trained cardiovascular surgeon who has experience operating the robotic surgical system.
You will be given general anesthesia for the surgery. Your surgeon will make a few small incisions in between your ribs and insert the instruments and a camera through the incisions. The camera sends images of your heart and valve to a computer screen. Using a control panel, your surgeon will then direct the robotic arms and instruments to perform the procedure you need.
Recovery after robot-assisted cardiovascular surgery is usually quicker than after open surgery. Your hospital stay may be only a few days. Those who have open heart surgery have to avoid strenuous activities for up to eight weeks or longer, while most people who have robot-assisted cardiovascular surgery may only have to wait a week or two.
Robot-assisted cardiovascular surgery is not an option for all patients, but if you are a candidate, its advantages in terms of recovery time can have you back on your feet in a seemingly short time. Rely on your care team to help you discover the right treatment option for your needs.
Dignity Health treats a wide array of heart conditions with robot-assisted surgery in Arizona, resulting in quicker recovery times and better outcomes for patients.