Answers to Common Cardiothoracic Surgery Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cardiothoracic surgery.

What patient advantages does robotic surgery offer?

Cardiothoracic surgeries used to require open access to the chest cavity; access was achieved by cutting the sternum (breastbone) and separating the ribs. Robotically-assisted thoracic surgery, on the other hand, is minimally invasive surgery. The chest cavity is accessed through only a few small incisions.

Minimally invasive surgery carries a number of benefits to the patient, including:

  • Reduced pain and discomfort
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Reduced blood loss/fewer blood transfusions
  • Minimal scarring

Patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery may recover faster, stay in the hospital less time and are able to return to normal activities more quickly. As Dr. Rodriguez points out, shorter hospitalization stays and rehabilitation windows also reduce the cost of healthcare.

To learn more about the advantages of minimally invasive/robotically-assisted cardiothoracic surgery (vs. conventional open chest surgery), talk to your doctor.

Source: Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates

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