Today, heart surgery no longer automatically means invasive and painful surgical procedures, long recovery times or a large scar across your chest. Safer, more accurate, and less invasive methods have been developed using the da Vinci Si Surgical System, an advancement in robotic surgery that has changed the way we approach heart surgeries forever.
When to Consider Robotic Surgery
The da Vinci Si Surgical System can improve the accuracy and safety of many common cardiac procedures, including:
- Coronary artery bypass surgeries
- Atrial fibrillation correction surgeries
- Valve repair or replace procedures
- Congenital heart condition treatments
- Ventricular heart device implants
Robotic surgery can also perform multiple procedures during one surgery, even when this approach would be risky during a traditional surgery. The da Vinci Si Surgical System is safe for use on both children and adult patients.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
When possible, robotic surgery is often preferable to other surgical approaches for a variety reasons. Most importantly, robotic surgery is safer for the patient. The machine makes smaller incisions when performing procedures, along with an accuracy that human hands can not manage. In some cases, conditions that were previously considered inoperable can be treated safely with robotic surgery.
Patients will also experience a shorter and more comfortable recovery period after robotic surgery. The da Vinci Si Surgical System does not split the breast bone, as surgeons do in traditional procedures, which dramatically cuts down on discomfort post-procedure, and often results in a much shorter hospital stay.
Since the machine is less invasive and makes smaller incisions to get the job done, the scarring is minimal, less prone to infection, and quicker to heal. Although patients can’t always escape permanent scarring completely, the scars created by the da Vinci Si Surgical System will be smaller and less noticeable.
Would you like to learn more about Denton Regional’s robotic cardiac surgery options? Our Heart Center provides the most advanced heart surgeries in the region, 90% of which are performed “off pump” — leading to better and quicker recoveries. Visit us online with any questions about our services or, to schedule an appointment, call our new physician referral service at 1-855-477-DRMC.