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Robotically Assisted Mitral Valve Repair

Washington Regional’s Walker Heart Institute offers robotically assisted mitral valve surgery for patients with mitral valve regurgitation, a condition that can lead to shortness of breath, fatigue and heart failure if left untreated. For most patients, robotically assisted mitral valve surgery means less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster recovery compared to traditional open-heart surgery. 

Your surgeon will use a robotic surgical system to repair the mitral valve and is in full control during the operation – a robot does not perform the surgery. Once in the operating room, you will be placed on a heart-lung bypass machine to support you during surgery. Your surgeon will make a few small incisions on the right side of your chest and insert thin tubes, or ports, between your ribs. These ports will be used to deliver small robotic instruments and a tiny camera to the heart. 

The surgeon will sit at a remote console where he or she views a magnified 3D view of the heart. Using the console, the surgeon controls the robotic arms positioned at the operating table to direct the movement and placement of the instruments. These robotic arms allow a much greater range of motion than the human hand alone is capable of performing. Another provider will be positioned at the operating table to ensure the robotic arms are working safely and efficiently.

Following robotically assisted mitral valve surgery, most patients stay in the hospital for three or four days before returning home. Patients are typically able to resume many of their normal activities as soon as they feel well enough, and there are usually no activity restrictions four to six weeks following robotically assisted mitral valve surgery.

To learn if robotically assisted mitral valve repair is right for you, contact Washington Regional Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Clinic.