Robotic-assisted heart surgery, also called closed-chest heart surgery, is performed without separating the breastbone and ribcage. By using the da Vinci® Surgical System in heart surgery, the breastbone remains intact.
How it’s Done
During the procedure, small keyhole incisions of 1-2 centimeters are made on the chest between the ribs, allowing for the surgical equipment and a tiny camera, called an endoscope, to reach the heart. Unlike traditional open-heart surgery, procedures are performed while the heart is still beating and do not require the use of a heart-lung machine.
This enables our surgeons to have greater range of motion and precision than with hand-manipulated minimally invasive procedures such as laparoscopic heart surgeries. The da Vinci® System offers a magnified, high-definition, three-dimensional view when operating. The robot becomes an extension of the doctor’s wrist, hands, and fingers allowing the tiny surgical instruments to move in a delicate, precise manner.
da Vinci® Cardiothoracic Surgeons
Our team of Cardiothoracic da Vinci® surgeons leads the region in cardiothoracic surgery.
- Satoshi Furukawa, MD
- Christine M. McCarty, MD – 2nd leading physician in PA for number of successful da Vinci® procedures.
- Uday K. Dasika, MD
da Vinci® Cardiothoracic Procedures
- da Vinci® Heart Valve Repair
- da Vinci® Heart Valve Replacement
- da Vinci® Minimally Invasive Direct CAB Surgery
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