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Robotic Mitral Valve

Pat Pappas M.D.Antone Tatooles M.D.

Advocate Christ Medical Center offers the most advanced cardiovascular treatments and state-of-the-art technology available today, including robotic mitral valve repair surgery. One of the leading cardiac hospitals in the nation, Christ Medical Center played an integral role in helping secure FDA approval of this groundbreaking procedure. Physicians in our open heart surgery program represent the first team in Illinois to perform robotic mitral valve repair surgery, and they apply that experience to treating each patient.

Conventional repair of the heart's mitral valve traditionally requires a large incision and surgical opening of the breastbone. What makes robotic surgery so innovative and beneficial to patients are the robot's tiny instruments and precise control that enable surgeons to perform the entire valve repair through a few small incisions.


Mitral Valve
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Robotic Heart Surgery
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The benefits of robotic surgery are many. The minimally invasive procedure means that a patient:

  • spends less time on a ventilator
  • has less chance of infection and bleeding
  • will experience less scarring
  • experiences a shorter recovery period of two fewer days on average, because the breastbone is not opened
  • may have a more rapid return to their regular daily activities

The tiny instruments, inserted through 2 1/2" incisions, are controlled by a physician at a nearby computer-driven console, while another surgeon and surgical team stay with the patient to ensure proper positioning of the robotic arms and to assist with the surgery. A tiny camera, inserted along with the surgical tools, gives surgeons and the surgical team a three-dimensional view of the inside of the heart, while the robot enables microscopic precision in operating by eliminating any naturally occurring slight shaking of the hand.

 

Robotic Mitral Valve Surgical Team:

                                      
Pat Pappas, M.D.                               Antone Tatooles, M.D.

To make an appointment with the cardiac experts at Christ Medical Center, call:1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622).


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