Allegheny General Hospital’s
“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to expand upon Allegheny General’s advanced expertise in minimally invasive robotic cardiac surgery,” said
Robotic mitral valve surgery performed using the da Vinci Surgical System is done through just a few small incisions on the side of the chest, near the patient’s arm. This approach dramatically reduces trauma to tissue and muscles compared with traditional mitral valve repair surgery, which requires a long incision in the chest wall and a separation of the breastbone at the front of the ribcage.
The mitral valve controls blood flow through the left side of the heart. When it opens, the mitral valve allows blood to flow into the left ventricle, the heart’s main pumping chamber. The mitral valve closes when the left ventricle contracts to prevent blood from flowing back toward the lungs.
If the mitral valve cannot tightly seal the left ventricle (a condition called prolapse), some blood flows back into the atrium which can make the heart work harder, leading to further valve damage and increasing the risk of heart failure.
Using the da
Robotic-assisted mitral valve repair is the latest addition to Allegheny General’s robotic heart surgery program, which launched in
Originally developed by
Sitting comfortably at the console several feet away from the operating room table, the surgeon maneuvers da
“Patients undergoing robotic mitral valve repair generally experience less scarring, shorter hospital stays, reduced blood loss and a quicker recovery,” Dr. McGregor said.
Robotic heart surgery continues a long-legacy of pioneering advancements at AGH in the fields of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. In the 1990s, cardiac surgeons at the hospital were among the nation’s first to perform the earliest generation of minimally invasive “keyhole” heart bypass procedures.
In recent years, surgeons at
AGH recently unveiled a
Over the past decade, AGH has also developed one of the state’s leading robotic surgery programs, providing patients with less invasive surgical options for a host of medical problems. The hospital’s kidney transplant team is among a short list of leading medical centers in the country using robotic surgery to less invasively remove kidneys from live donors, and its urologic and gynecologic surgeons have been longtime leaders in robotic assisted laparoscopic techniques.
“The adoption of da
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