Robot-Assisted Heart Surgery

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
Tools for robotic surgery

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.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.