Robotic-assisted Heart Surgery

Cardiac surgeons at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center offer robotic-assisted heart surgery, a new approach that enables us to operate with unparalleled precision and control through a few small incisions.
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About This Procedure

Robotic-assisted Cardiac Bypass

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:

robotic assisted bypass
Incisions made during a robotic-assisted cardiac bypass
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and need for blood transfusions
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is patient-and procedure specific.

Robotic-assisted Mitral Valve Repair

Robotic-assisted mitral valve repair
Incisions made during a robotic-assisted mitral valve repair.

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:

  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and need for blood transfusions
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Significantly less pain and scarring
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities

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.

Conditions & Diseases

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

    Coronary heart disease occurs when cholesterol builds up within the walls of the heart’s arteries (coronary arteries), forming what is called plaque.

  • Heart Valve Diseases

    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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