Answers to Common Cardiothoracic Surgery Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cardiothoracic surgery.

Who does the surgery, the robot or the surgeon?

Premier Health’s Dr. Jose Rodriguez provides clarification about robotically-assisted thoracic surgery. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

Because many robots are automated to complete tasks, some people may be under the impression that during robotically-assisted thoracic surgery the robot is completing the procedure in place of the surgeon. That is a misconception.

As the website for daVinci®Off Site Icon, the robotic system used by Premier Health cardiothoracic surgeons, states: “Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System.” While the surgeon sits behind the console, the movements of his or her hands are translated into the movements of the robotic arms inside the patient.

Talk to your surgeon to learn more about robotically-assisted thoracic surgery.

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Source: Jose Rodriguez, MD, FACS, Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates

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