Cardiac and thoracic surgery treats problems of the heart, lungs, thymus and other organs located within the chest, or thorax. The most common method to treat these conditions through surgery has involved a sternotomy, or cutting through the breastbone and opening the ribs. Cutting through the body's natural protective structure for the heart can cause significant trauma, prolong healing time and increase risk for serious complications and even mortality.
Robotic-assisted cardiac and thoracic surgery is less invasive as it does not require opening up the chest. Instead, the surgeon operates through several keyhole incisions along the side of the chest. The robotic arms of the da Vinci Surgical System operate within these ports, with the surgeon in full control of their actions throughout the procedure.
Less invasive, robotic technology does not compromise the surgeon's ability to complete difficult cardiac and thoracic procedures. Rather, it allows the surgeon to perform a more precise operation than is available through open surgery.
Also known as an irregular heartbeat, an arrhythmia causes the heart to pump and beat at an irregular pace – the heart may beat too fast or too slowly, or may skip beats.
A "hole in the heart," an atrial septal defect (ASD) is a congenital heart defect that produces a hole or similar defect in the wall of the atrium, the upper chamber of the heart.
Through robotic-assisted surgery, TriHealth can treat a person with coronary artery disease using surgery to complete a coronary artery bypass graft.
Through robotic-assisted surgery, TriHealth can provide mitral valve repair, in which the surgeon reconstructs your valve using your own tissues.
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a chronic disease of the thymus gland that affects neuromuscular transmission and typically results in debilitating muscle weakness.
A myxoma, while not usually cancerous, is a tumor inside the heart that can block blood flow through the heart and lead to the formation of clots inside the heart. Clots that break loose can travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolism) or brain (stroke).