Surgical Procedures for the repair or replacement of Heart Valves
Minimally Invasive Surgery
In this approach, surgeons operate through small incisions, or operating ports, just large enough to allow a tiny camera and surgical tools to enter the surgical site. Because this approach is less invasive,
Robotic Surgery (Valve and Bypass)
With the tiniest of incisions, specially trained St. Vincent’s surgeons are using state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System robots to perform complicated minimally invasive procedures with an enhanced degree of precision, control, and dexterity. With da Vinci, small incisions are used to introduce miniaturized wristed instruments and a high-definition 3D camera. Seated comfortably at the da Vinci console, your surgeon views a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site. At the same time, state-of-the-art robotic and computer technologies scale, filter and seamlessly translate your surgeon’s hand movements into precise micro-micro-movements of the da Vinci instruments. To learn more about the robotic surgery program at St. Vincent's Health System, click here.
Conventional Open Surgery*
Open heart surgery is any surgery where the chest is opened and surgery is done on the heart muscle, valves, arteries, or other parts of the heart (such as the aorta). The term "open" means that the chest is "cut" open. To learn more from our ADAM Medical Library, click here
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