Robotic surgery is growing in popularity. But don’t worry, we aren’t replacing surgeons with machines. Rather, robots help surgeons operate more precisely and in smaller spaces. Incisions can be smaller, which lowers the risk of complications and speeds up healing.
Robotic technology has advanced to the point where heart surgeons now recommend it for mitral valve repair and coronary artery bypass surgery. “Almost anyone can be a candidate for robotic heart surgery, except for very sick patients or those who’ve had prior surgery on their chest,” says Arnar Geirsson, MD, chief of cardiac surgery at Yale Medicine and associate professor of surgery at Yale School of Medicine. In some cases, a traditional open surgical approach is better. If you know that you’ll need heart surgery, discuss the pros and cons of robotic versus traditional surgery with your doctor.
One benefit for patients who come to Yale Medicine is that our surgeons operate with the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, the latest model offered by a leading robotic surgery brand.