NYU Langone’s Heart Valve Center is one of the few medical centers in the country to offer robotic mitral valve repair. Our surgeons are pioneers in the field, and have performed more than 800 robotic mitral valve repairs.
Using robotic instruments, surgeons can make precise movements inside the heart in a range of motion the human hand isn’t capable of performing. During robotic surgery, a small camera provides surgeons with three-dimensional, magnified, high-definition views of the mitral valve.
Robotic procedures are performed through five pencil-sized incisions made between the ribs through the right chest wall. These robotic procedures require general anesthesia and the use of a heart–lung machine to perform the work of those organs during the surgery.
Similar to minimally invasive mitral valve repair, this procedure typically causes less blood loss, less postoperative pain, and less chance of infection, and it requires a shorter recovery time than traditional open heart surgery, also known as sternotomy. Most people require a three- to five-day stay in the hospital, as well as a few weeks of recovery at home. As with minimally invasive surgery, patients can experience a better cosmetic result as well.
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