Robotic Surgery for Heart Conditions

NYU Langone’s Robotic Surgery Center is internationally known for its robotic-assisted cardiac procedures.

Robotic Mitral Valve Repair Techniques

Over the past two decades, our experts have been worldwide leaders in developing minimally invasive approaches to mitral valve repair. Our surgeons have performed more minimally invasive mitral valve repair procedures than any other hospital in the country, and are currently one of just a few medical centers in the nation to offer robotic mitral valve repair.

Our robotic surgical team includes Dr. Didier Loulmet and Dr. Eugene Grossi. Dr. Loulmet performed with Dr. Alain Carpentier the first robotic mitral valve repair procedure in 1998, and is a pioneer in the development of robotic cardiac procedures. Dr. Grossi is another leader in the development of minimally invasive mitral valve repair, and one of the earliest investigators of robot-assisted mitral valve repair techniques. 

VIDEO: Robotic mitral valve repair

The goal of mitral valve repair is to correct a leaking mitral valve, a condition known as mitral valve regurgitation. Mitral valve repair helps preserve a person’s heart function.

With robotic mitral valve repair, the surgeon uses robotic-articulated instruments placed through half-inch incisions made through the right chest wall, between the ribs. Robotic instruments are manipulated by the surgeon from a console. The mitral valve is visualized with a high-definition camera, allowing three-dimensional vision and magnification. 

This technique increases the precision of the surgeon while also eliminating the need for a large chest incision for the patient. As a result, patients recover more quickly, experience less pain and fewer complications, and enjoy a better cosmetic result. 

Robotic Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Our surgeons have also made great strides in improving minimally invasive approaches to coronary artery bypass surgery, including robotic-assisted procedures. 

In addition, our robotic cardiac surgeons have begun partnering with our interventional cardiologists to perform a new hybrid procedure that combines noninvasive angioplasty with a minimally invasive robotic-assisted coronary bypass operation.

This new approach restores blood flow to a patient’s heart through previously clogged arteries without having to cut through the chest bone or place the patient on a heart-lung machine. For patients who are candidates for the procedure, this allows a much quicker recovery than traditional surgery, and less postoperative pain.

Types of Robotic Cardiac Surgery at NYU Langone

We are currently one of just a few centers in the Northeast to perform robotic-assisted surgeries for the following cardiac conditions:

  • cardiac tumor removal
  • combined coronary artery bypass and angioplasty, a hybrid procedure
  • mitral valve repair 
  • tricuspid valve repair

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment or learn more about our services, call 877-ROBO-NYU (877-762-6698). Learn more about our research and educational programs.