Heart Surgery Re-imagined.
Robot-assisted heart surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery.
Open heart surgery is a lifesaving procedure.
The most common type of heart surgery.
- Surgeons open the chest to directly access the heart
- Large incision, roughly 6-8 inches
- Breastbone is split
Robot-assisted surgery is a minimally invasive alternative.
Performs the exact same surgical maneuvers.
- Surgeons access the heart using thin, robotic arms
- Small incisions, roughly 2 inches
- Operate between ribs and muscles
Advantage of robot-assisted heart surgery
- Reduced trauma and pain
- Less blood loss
- Lower infection risk
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster return to activity
- Smaller, less noticeable scars
Although complications are rare, there are risks involved with any surgery, including bleeding, stroke and wound infection.
Comparison of incision size
- Minimally invasive surgery
- 2 inches or less
- Traditional open heart surgery
- 6-8 inches
Surgeons perform precise surgical movements from a remote console.
- A high-definition camera provides an up-close view of the heart.
- Two robotic arms translate the movements of the surgeon's hands and wrists, with precise range of motion.
- The surgeon views the procedure through a high-definition 3D monitor.
- A second surgeon assists from the operating table, switching tools and assuring safe movement of the robotic arms.
Produced by Mayo Clinic. Source: mayoclinic.org