Minimally Invasive Robotic Mitral Valve Surgery
UPMC is one of the nation’s leading centers for robotic surgery, with more than 5,000 operations performed. This experience is showcased in UPMC’s Center for Mitral Valve Disease, where our surgeons are national leaders in mitral valve repair, and the first to introduce robotic mitral surgery in western Pennsylvania.
At UPMC’s Center for Mitral Valve Disease, robotic repair is our standard and routine method for first-time isolated mitral surgery for leaking mitral valves.
Robotic-assisted mitral valve surgery is an innovative, minimally invasive treatment option for patients with mitral valve disease offering many potential benefits, typically including:
- Faster recovery and return to normal activity
- Quicker recovery from anesthesia
- Less risk of blood loss and potential need for transfusion
- Significantly less pain than traditional surgery
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
Traditional Surgery vs. Robotic Surgery
- In a traditional mitral valve procedure, the surgeon will make a long incision down the front of the chest wall.
- In a robotic-assisted mitral valve surgery, the surgeon will instead make a small, two- to three-inch incision in the side of the right chest and four small openings less than the size of a fingernail in order to provide robotic access, all of which are closed with simply adhesive bandages or tissue glue.
This precise method of operation allows our mitral repair surgeons to have a 3D view of the heart and mitral valve to clearly and safely perform surgery. The surgeons are in full control of each robotic motion in order to ensure quality and precision.
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