Is robotic heart surgery safe?

Is robotic #heart surgery safe? (#Best Cardiologist in Bhopal)

Robotic surgery is an advanced method of surgery using leading-edge technology to perform minimally invasive procedures

During robotic surgery, the robot works as an extension of the surgeon, which allows us to work through very small incisions or ports. There are two robotic “arms” which both go through the incision. Each of these arms has a camera at the end that sends images to a video monitor or console to help guide the surgeons.

There are two surgeons in the operating room, one controlling the robot and its movements and one directly next to the patient. The surgeon controlling the robot looks through the console that joins two separate images to create a highly detailed, 3D-image of the heart. It gives us a lot more precision and a capability to work through small spaces.

The most general surgery that we do is the robotic mitral valve operation, both repairs, and replacements.

We have also excised tumors from inside the heart and repaired holes in the heart. Outside of the heart, the robot is capable to perform bypass surgery through small incisions and avoid the traditional.

Who is a candidate for robotic heart surgery?

More often than not patients are candidates for this type of procedure. There is a very small population of patients that are not well suited for robotic procedures. The patients who are not ideal candidates for robotic surgery often have issues in several areas of the heart and would benefit more from an open heart procedure. And in those cases, Penn has the experience and outcomes for open-heart connected surgeries.

At the end of the day, it always comes down to patient preference. I spend a lot of time with patients, telling them the risks and benefits of the operation and explaining what is involved. The first step is for the patient to decide this is something they want to do. After they make this decision, we go through an extensive screening procedure to make sure that we avoid any of the complications that may arise.

What are the benefits?

One of the most visible benefits is the actual incision. It is much smaller than a long incision down the chest. The other advantages are in terms of recovery. It is a much more rapid recovery and several of my patients will be ready to resume usual activities within a couple of weeks of surgery, and that contain going back to work and going about their daily activities. It has been a really nice improvement in terms of how rapidly patients bounce back from the operation.

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