Coronary Artery Bypass Performed with Robotic Assistant

The arteries in the heart may narrow as the person ages because of the despot of plaques, health care providers say. If left unmanaged, the person may need to undergo coronary artery bypass surgery to ensure that blood and oxygen is still delivered to the heart. The advancement in the field of medicine have made it possible to operate on the human heart without the need to stop it from beating. According to the Memorial Care Health System, the Da Vinci Si surgical system makes this possible. Most surgeons are now undergoing training in order to use this new technology and provide better surgical experience to their patients.

As the arteries no longer make it possible for the blood to pass, the surgeon may create a new path for the blood to reach the heart. Bypassing the damaged artery is done by removing a piece of vein in the leg or an artery from the chest or wrist and attaching it to the coronary artery. The new path may be inserted below or above the blockage. In some cases, multiple bypass surgery is needed to ensure that the patient’s heart gets sufficient blood flow. The traditional open heart surgery for a coronary artery bypass is performed by cutting through the breastbone, thus exposing the heart. The patient is then connected to the heart-lung bypass machine to offset the beating mechanism of the heart and the surgeon may at that point operate on the bloodless heart.

However, this is not the case when the patient undergoes a minimally invasive procedure with the help of the robotic surgical system. The chest area is not sliced open but only a keyhole incision is made to insert the camera and the instruments inside the heart and a heart-lung bypass machine may not be needed. It is also possible for the patient to experience faster recovery. After the procedure, the patient may be advised to go through cardiac rehabilitation to lessen heart complications in the future. Several people say there are some risks to using this new technology and some of these concerns of patients may be found at the da Vinci Surgical System Lawsuit Center.

URL References:
nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hs/

nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/coronaryarterybypasssurgery.html

memorialcare.org/services/glossary/d/da-vinci-robotic-assisted-minimally-invasive-direct-cab-surgery

2 Responses to “Coronary Artery Bypass Performed with Robotic Assistant”

  1. Orencio Jr says:

    If those risks are substantiated, then a patient might be better off using the traditioal methods. These so-called innovations should be checked or evaluated thoroughly before making it availble to the market. I feel sorry for those patients who are already suffering and now may face new risks.

  2. Richard says:

    This is certainly a good development for those who may need this type of surgery. However, if this method puts the patients at a risk,then maybe the traditonal approach would be better off. We can only hope that concerned agencies act on this before more patients are enticed in this new procedure which may put them at risk of injuries.

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