Surgery to the chest is traditionally performed using open techniques (large incision) or minimally invasive procedures. The da Vinci Surgical System is a minimally invasive option for certain heart and lung procedures.
The da Vinci Surgical System is used for surgeries to correct mitral valve prolapse and coronary heart disease.
Mitral Valve Replacement
In mitral valve repair procedures, the diseased valve is replaced with a valve that is either mechanical (constructed of man-made components) or biological (constructed from the tissue of animals or humans). Benefits of the da Vinci mitral valve surgery are reduced blood loss, a shorter stay in the ICU and in the hospital, reduced rate of atrial fibrillation following surgery, less chance of pleural effusion following surgery, small incision resulting in less scarring, and a quicker recovery.
Coronary Artery Bypass
The da Vinci Surgical System is well suited for certain coronary bypass patients, and provides benefits such as small incisions and the avoidance of using a heart-lung machine during surgery. Following surgery with da Vinci, patients typically have fewer complications, less loss of blood, a shorter stay in the ICU and in the hospital, a quicker recovery
The da Vinci Lobectomy for non-small cell lung cancer involves removing a lobe of the lung through small incisions that the surgeon makes between the ribs. While this technique is similar to other minimally invasive procedures, robotic surgery offers the added benefit of providing the surgeon with greater control and precision for delicate surgical maneuvers.
The benefits of da Vinci lobectomy include a reduced rate of complications, less loss of blood, a shorter stay in the hospital, reduced pain and less days with a chest tube in place.
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