Mitral Valve Repair
If your doctor recommends surgery to treat mitral valve prolapse, you may be a candidate for robotic valve repair, a less invasive procedure compared to open surgery.
Robotic valve repair is an alternative to conventional open heart surgery – the traditional way to treat mitral valve disease. Robotic valve repair using the da Vinci® robot enables your surgeon to operate with unparalleled precision and control through a few small incisions.
The da Vinci® robot can help your surgeon repair your valve and help you avoid mitral valve replacement, in which your natural valve tissues are cut away and replaced with an artificial valve. This is important because a repair can provide you with many significant advantages compared to mitral valve replacement, including avoiding the need to take life-long blood thinners, less likelihood of reoperation, reduced risk of surgical complications, a higher long-term survival rate, and improved heart function. A recent study suggests that the da Vinci® system may allow surgeons to complete 50% more repairs than they can when using an open surgical approach.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
In addition to avoiding the pain and trauma of cutting through the sternum and spreading the ribs apart, robotic repair provides most patients with the following benefits over open surgery:
- Less risk of infection
- Less blood loss and need for blood transfusions
- Shorter hospital stay
- Significantly less pain and scarring
- Faster recovery
- Faster return to normal activities
- Fewer complications
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. Robotic valve repair may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.