Robotic-assisted heart surgery is the new buzzword that is paving its way as an alternative to conventional heart surgery. This has made heart surgeries less complicated and can be done relatively faster. These robotic surgeries are meant to assist the surgeon in performing heart surgeries with greater precision. Such surgeries offer a wide range of advantages such as lower risk of complications and a quicker recovery period.

What is robotic cardiac surgery?

Typically, a robotic heart surgery is the one which makes use of surgical instruments attached to robotic arms that are controlled by a surgeon. Unlike the traditional method, the surgeon does not have to keep standing over the patient while performing the surgery. Instead, the surgeon operates a computer console with a high-definition video to get a clear view of the patient’s interiors with the help of an endoscope-mounted camera. The surgeon just needs to gently grip and maneuver devices that control the surgical instruments situated at the ends of the robotic arms. The procedure is sometimes called da Vinci surgery after the name of the manufacturer of the robot often used in this procedure.

Conditions treated with robotic heart surgery

A number of heart-related ailments can be treated with robotic heart surgery. It may be used for the following:

  • Correct atrial fibrillation (type of arrhythmia)
  • Remove a tumor in the heart
  • Repair or replace stiff or leaky valves
  • Mitral valve repair and replacement surgery
  • Atrial septal defect repair
  • Foramen ovale repair
  • Treat congenital heart conditions
  • Cardiac tissue ablation
  • Coronary artery bypass

Eligible candidates for the procedure

Except for few individuals, almost everyone is eligible for undergoing a robotic cardiac surgery. The few exceptional cases when robotic cardiac surgery is not advisable are mentioned below:

  • In case of having multiple procedures, particularly multiple valve procedure, or a combination of valve and coronary bypass surgery
  • History of previous cardiac surgery
  • Previously done operation involving an incision in the right chest
  • Overweight or obese individuals
  • Patients having significant peripheral vascular disease

Risks of undergoing robotic cardiac surgery

Although robotic cardiac surgery is known to have fewer risks, there are potential dangers involved too. Anesthesia for any kind of surgery poses a few health hazards, including:

  • Infection
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Death

Why is Dr K G Deshpande Memorial Center right for you?

Situated in the city of Nagpur, Maharashtra, Dr. K G Deshpande Memorial center boasts of providing the best in heart care. It has a team of highly qualified and dedicated doctors who work tirelessly day and night to cater to the medical needs of patients. The center has the first state-of-the-art proprietary open-heart surgery center. The center has a high success rate due to the latest technology and procedures in heart surgery. Special care is taken to maintain high standards of hygiene and cleanliness to minimize infections for the patients. So, without any further delay, visit this heart center today and get yourself treated!

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