Answers to Common Cardiothoracic Surgery Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cardiothoracic surgery.

What advantages do robotics provide to surgeons?

Cardiothoracic surgeons who use the daVinci® system have some distinct advantages over surgeons who perform open-chest procedures, such as:

  • Magnification
    Surgeons can magnify the image being sent from inside the chest to the console monitors up to 10 times.
  • Internal 3D views
    Surgeons can achieve the same view they would have from an open-chest procedure, including depth perception, without opening the chest cavity. Newer generation equipment also provides some tactile sensation.
  • Increased instrument maneuverability
    Surgeons have a greater range of motion with their instruments because the robotic arms bend and rotate to a greater degree than the human wrist.

Surgeons who perform robotically-assisted thoracic surgery have better visibility and precision. These advantages further minimize the invasiveness of the procedure, allowing for greater patient comfort and shorter recovery times.

Talk to your surgeon for more information about the advantages of robotically-assisted thoracic procedures.

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Source: Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates

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