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If you are in need of a mitral valve repair, you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive cardiovascular surgery. At Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute in Sacramento, our expert cardiovascular surgeons use the most advanced technologies available today, including robotic surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System, as an alternative to open surgery.
Heart valve surgery is a treatment option for certain heart valve problems. During heart valve surgery, one or more valves are repaired or replaced.
Whether a valve will be repaired or replaced can only be decided once surgery has begun. Your surgeon will talk with you about his or her plans for surgery and any other procedures you may need.
For robotic-assisted valve surgery, incisions made in your chest are often much smaller than those made for traditional surgery. Here's how the surgery is performed:
After surgery, you'll spend at least a day in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Highly trained nurses will monitor you closely. When you're ready, you will be moved to a general care room. Most patients remain in the hospital for 3-4 days.
Most robotic heart valve surgeries have an excellent outcome. But any major surgery carries risk. During your recovery, call your doctor if you: