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During a robotic-assisted cardiac bypass, Mass General surgeons operate on a patient using the da Vinci Surgical System, a robotic device that makes smaller incisions than traditional heart surgery. The device is outfitted with surgical instruments and a camera though which clinicians monitor the procedure.
Performed minimally invasively, a surgeon directs the system to make small incisions between the ribs. This avoids the need for a sternotomy, its associated risks and complications. Other potential benefits include:
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is patient-and procedure specific.
Robotic-assisted surgery allows our surgeons to repair the mitral valve and help patients avoid a mitral valve replacement. With valve replacement, the heart’s valve tissues are cut away and replaced with an artificial valve.
During a robotic-assisted mitral valve repair, Mass General cardiac surgeons repair a patient’s natural valve using the da Vinci Surgical System, a surgical robotic device that makes smaller incisions than traditional heart surgery. Clinicians direct a device that is outfitted with surgical instruments and a camera though which clinicians monitor the procedure.
A robotic-assisted mitral valve repair may provide patients with the following benefits over open surgery:
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is patient-and procedure specific. While robotic-assisted mitral valve repair is considered safe and effective, it may not be appropriate for every individual. Ask your physician about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
The care team at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center encourages all patients and family members to learn more about conditions and diseases that affect the heart and overall cardiovascular system. The links below provide more information about heart conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.
Coronary heart disease occurs when cholesterol builds up within the walls of the heart’s arteries (coronary arteries), forming what is called plaque.
The heart’s valves can have one of two malfunctions - regurgitation (when the valve does not completely close) or stenosis (a narrowing of the valve).
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