Robotic Mitral Valve Surgery

In this video, MUSC Health cardiothoracic surgeon Marc R. Katz, M.D., MPH, discusses the advantages of robotic mitral valve surgery, the least invasive of all mitral valve repair techniques. Katz has more than 15 years of experience with the da Vinci robotic system (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, Calif) — he had the third robot in the U.S., was an investigator on the clinical trials that led to its approval and has been engaged in each of its developmental iterations. The da Vinci SI System available at MUSC Health provides high-definition 3D visualization of the valve and has wristed robotic arms that are capable of greater dexterity than human hands.

In appropriately selected patients and when performed at high-volume centers such as the MUSC Health Heart and Vascular Center by surgeons experienced in the technique, robotic mitral valve repairs achieve similar results as those performed via open surgery or other minimally invasive techniques1 but with less pain, a shorter hospital stay and recovery and a more rapid resumption of normal activities. 


July 12, 2017

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