Robotic-Assisted Mitral Valve Surgery
Robotic-assisted surgery is a revolutionary technology that allows highly
skilled surgeons to perform heart valve repair using state-of-the-art
technology that accesses the heart through small incisions. Unlike traditional,
open-chest procedures where a six- to eight-inch incision is made through
the sternum, the robotically-assisted technique uses significantly smaller
incisions, often less than two inches.
Additionally, using robotic-assistance, highly skilled surgeons can often
repair a damaged valve, rather than replace it. This is important since
studies show that the best option for treating mitral valve disease is
to repair the damaged valve, since mitral valve repair surgery provides
significant advantages to the patient.
What are the Benefits of Robotically-Assisted Surgery?
Robotic mitral valve repair provides many potential advantages compared
to conventional surgery, including:
- Less risk of complications, such as post-operative infection, blood loss
and blood trasnfusions
- Less pain and scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery, enabling a quicker return to normal activities
- Why Choose Hoag for Robotic-Assisted Mitral Valve Repair Surgery?
When it comes to diagnosing and treating mitral valve disease, Nancy &
Bill Thompson Heart Valve Center is a nationally recognized leader, repairing
more heart valves than 90 percent of all cardiac programs in the country.
Additionally, 95 percent of patients at Hoag who are eligible for repair
receive it as opposed to heart valve replacement.
While some surgeons perform obotic-assisted mitral valve repair on a small
number of patients, the expert cardiovascular surgical team at Hoag repairs
more heart valves than any other medical center in Orange County. Being
a high-volume cardiac surgery center enables the cardiovascular team at
Hoag to achieve a technical skill level not all facilities can match.
With its exceptional team of physician experts and staff, progressive
technology, and state-of-the-art surgical facilities, it’s easy
to see why Hoag continues to lead the way in comprehensive valvular heart
disease treatment both locally and nationwide.
Who is a Candidate for Robotic-Assisted Mitral Valve Repair Surgery?
Robotic-assisted surgery is not appropriate for every patient needing mitral
valve repair. Since the goal of a repair procedure is a successful surgical
result that lasts a lifetime, each patient is evaluated individually to
determine if robotic-assisted surgery should be performed.
How is Robotic Mitral Valve Surgery Performed?
At Hoag, robotic-assisted mitral valve repair is performed using the advanced
da Vinci®S HDTM Surgical System.
This state-of-the-art system consists of an ergonomically designed surgeon’s
console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance
vision system and proprietary EndoWrist® Instruments via four robotic
arms. These interactive instruments both mimic and enhance the surgeon's
own hand movements, rendering them more precise by minimizing even the
slightest hand tremor - an important element when operating on delicate
By dramatically enhancing visualization, precision, control and dexterity,
robotic-assisted surgery overcomes the limitations of conventional procedures,
helping physicians to perform highly complex surgery with increased precision
and excellent patient outcomes.
Determining if Robotic-Assisted Mitral Valve Repair Surgery is Right for You?
The valvular heart disease experts at Nancy & Bill Thompson Heart Valve
Center continue to lead the way in progressive patient-centered mitral
valve surgery. To determine if you are a candidate for robotic-assisted
mitral valve repair, speak with your cardiologist, or contact us to schedule
an appointment at 949-764-VALVE (8258).