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Robotic Surgery for Heart Conditions

NYU Langone’s Robotic Surgery Center is internationally known for our robotically assisted cardiac surgery program. Our surgeons have performed more than 1,200 procedures to date, including mitral valve repair, cardiac tumor removal, and coronary artery bypass surgery.

Robotically assisted heart surgery is performed through five small incisions placed between the ribs on the side of the chest. Your doctor uses the incisions to guide small surgical tools and a high-definition camera into the chest. A robotic approach allows for a quicker, easier recovery because there is less blood loss, less scarring, less pain, and a lower risk of infection than traditional surgical techniques.

Robotic Mitral Valve Repair Techniques

Cardiac surgeons at NYU Langone’s Mitral Valve Repair Program are worldwide leaders in robotic mitral valve repair, which is a procedure to repair a valve that has been weakened by mitral valve disease.

VIDEO: Robotic mitral valve repair

Robotic Cardiac Tumor Removal

Robotically assisted surgery can be used to treat cardiac tumors, also known as myxoma. Most cardiac tumors are small, non-cancerous, and do not cause symptoms. However they have to be removed because they can grow and affect how blood flows through the heart and lead to stroke. Using a robotic approach to tumor removal allows for an extremely precise excision technique that targets all of the existing tumor cells without the need for open heart surgery.

Robotic Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Our surgeons have made great strides in improving minimally invasive approaches to coronary artery bypass surgery, including robotically assisted procedures. Our robotic cardiac surgeons partner with our interventional cardiologists to perform a hybrid procedure that combines noninvasive angioplasty, used to open blocked arteries, with a minimally invasive coronary bypass procedure.

VIDEO: When Jay Potter was diagnosed with a severe heart murmur, Dr. Didier Loulmet treated him using minimally invasive robotic heart surgery.

This 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.

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Our robotic surgical team includes Dr. Didier F. Loulmet and Dr. Eugene A. Grossi.

Dr. Loulmet performed, along with Professor Alain Carpentier, the first robotic mitral valve repair procedure in 1998. He also performed the first totally endoscopic robotic coronary artery bypass graft surgery. He is a pioneer in the development of robotic cardiac procedures.

Dr. Grossi is a leader in the development of minimally invasive mitral valve repair and one of the earliest investigators of robotically assisted mitral valve repair techniques.

To make an appointment or learn more about our services, please call 212-263-2329.