In 2005 Physicians Mark Lubienski, MD and Philip Alexander, MD successfully performed only the third robot-assisted open-heart surgery in Illinois at Riverside Medical Center. Through tiny incisions the da Vinci surgical system and the skilled surgeons at Riverside Medical Center are making procedures easier and more comfortable for many heart patients. The robotic-assisted surgical technique is minimally invasive and extremely exact, resulting in less complications and quicker recovery times.
Mitral Valve Repair
The mitral valve is a complex structure that controls blood flow through the left side of the heart. When open, the mitral valve allows blood to flow into the heart’s main pumping chamber, the left ventricle. When the left ventricle contracts to push blood through the body, the mitral valve closes to prevent blood from flowing back toward the lungs.
Surgical repair involves delicate reconstruction of native valve tissues in order to restore proper function. The most common approach to repair requires the surgeon to saw open the breastbone and spread the ribs to gain direct access to the heart.
If your doctor recommends surgical repair, you may be a candidate for a new, less invasive surgical procedure called da Vinci® Mitral Valve Repair (da Vinci MVR). This procedure uses a state-of-the-art surgical system designed to help your surgeon see vital anatomical structures more clearly and to perform a more precise operation.
Information courtesy of http://www.intuitivesurgical.com