The more you know about cardiac robotic surgery, the more you may think it is the right choice for you.
If you are a candidate for cardiac surgery, you will want to know about the option to have robotic surgery performed. In many instances, it offers benefits beyond those that are more traditional.
How It Works
Robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery as it’s often called, is minimally invasive. Only very small incisions are necessary in comparison to the larger incisions that are typical with traditional cardiac surgery. A very small camera, called an endoscope, along with small surgical tools are held by robotic arms and controlled by a skilled cardiac surgeon via a high-tech console. The camera provides detailed images to help guide the surgeon’s movements.
Benefits of performing cardiac surgery robotically include the fact that the surgeon can make more precise movements than he or she can when performing traditional cardiac surgery. In addition, in a robotic procedure there is:
- less blood loss
- less risk of infection
- less pain
- less scarring
- a shorter hospital stay
- a faster recovery and return to everyday activities
- typically a better overall outcome
While some cardiac procedures are not able to be performed robotically, several cardiac procedures are commonly performed in this minimally invasive fashion, including a mitral valve repair, a coronary artery bypass graft, pacemaker placement and others.
To learn more about robot-assisted cardiac procedures, visit our online health library. To learn about the Surgery Center of Plano, visit us online or call us at 972-519-1100. Talk with your doctor to find out if cardiac robotic surgery is the right choice for you. Call us at 1-855-665-TMCP for a physician referral.