Robotic Heart Surgery
The Benefits of Robotic Heart Surgery
When faced with surgical options, most people are often scared of the implications of major surgeries, especially those that are invasive. Traditional heart surgery, though highly successful, used to have both major and minor complications which often left the patient traumatized from the experience. However, the advent of new technology has brought about a revolution in this field of surgery. This is in the form of robotic heart surgery.
Robotic heart surgery is a form of minimal invasive surgery. Minimal invasive surgery involves making an incision that is approximately 3-4 inches through which the operation takes place. Traditional surgery required the incision to be much larger than this causing more trauma to the body. Robotic heart surgery utilizes a specially constructed computer console which controls the surgical instruments through the use of robotic arms. This allows the doctor to achieve a high level of precision as well as shorter operating times.
There are several types of robotic heart surgeries. These include robotically assisted valve surgery, robotically assisted by-pass surgery, removal of cardiac tumors, as well as robotically-assisted atrial fibrillation surgery. The first, robotically-assisted valve surgery, refers to the repair of the mitral valve as well as the tricuspid valve. Robotically-assisted by-pass surgery helps in minimizing the scarring during the CABG (Coronary Artery By-pass Surgery) as it does not require the opening of the sternum or the ribs.
Robotic heart surgery is also useful in the removal of cardiac tumors. For instance, in the left atrium a common benign tumor such as myxoma may occur. The robotic console is quite useful incompletely removing such tumors. Lastly, robotically-assisted atrial fibrillation surgery relates to correcting abnormal heart rhythm though precise placement of the ablation catheter through the robotic arms.
Before considering robotic heart surgery, one must ensure that they are an eligible candidate for the procedure. Not everyone qualifies for the surgery. The mode of treatment to be used for one’s problem will be determined by the consulting surgeon. This decision is based on the pros and cons of robotic heart surgery against traditional surgery. Moreover, it tends to be based according to one’s age, lifestyle, and severity of the heart disease, as well as medical history.
There are several benefits of robotic heart surgery. Two of the most notable are smaller incisions and less scarring. Other benefits that this method of heart surgery may have over others include less bleeding, less pain/trauma as well as a lower risk of infection. Moreover, patients who undergo this form of treatment will spend fewer days in hospital, as well as fewer days recovering from the procedure. Complete recovery from the procedure may take up to 8 weeks.
In order to reap all these benefits, there are a few guidelines that have to be followed. One should quit smoking, check and regulate their cholesterol levels, perform regular exercise, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight and always conform to the scheduled clinical visits. If one neglects to perform any of these lifestyle changes, the possibility for the reemergence of the heart problem rises.
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