Cardiothoracic Surgery

Institutes & Services > Robotics > Cardiothoracic Surgery

The cardiothoracic surgeons at TriHealth are the pioneers of robotic-assisted surgery in Cincinnati, starting in 2003. More than a decade later, they remain the leader in cardiac robotic procedures and are home to the only surgeon using robotic technology to treat mitral valve disease.

TriHealth is also home to a fully integrated Cancer Institute, which dedicates all of its skills and resources on turning cancer patients into cancer survivors. Lung cancer is one of the many types of cancers treated by the experts from the  TriHealth Cancer Institute. If surgery is the best option to treat your lung cancer, the surgeons at cardiothoracic surgeons at TriHealth are prepared to deliver exceptional care, having performed hundreds of robotic-assisted lung procedures.

Experience matters when treating heart & lung conditions, and TriHealth has the most robotic-assisted experience in Greater Cincinnati.

Conditions Affecting the:

  • Heart
  • Lung
  • Heart

    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.

    Specific conditions that can be treated with robotic-assisted technology include:

    • Arrhythmia
    • Coronary Artery Disease (CABG)
    • Mitral Valve Disease
    • Tricuspid Valve Disease
    • Myasthenia Gravis
    • Myoxma
    • Adult Congenital Heart Disease:
      Atrial Septal Defect
      Ventricular Septal Defect
    • Other Congenital Heart Conditions

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    There are two main types of lung cancer; non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer is much more common. While each patient experiences unique symptoms, some common symptoms include chest pain, cough that does go away, and shortness of breath.

    If surgery is the best option to treat your lung cancer, your surgeon will perform a lobectomy (removal of one more lobes of a lung) or a wedge resection (removal of part of a lobe in a lung). Both procedures can be performed using a robotic-assisted approach. While traditional "open" surgery requires cutting through the sternum and spreading the ribs, robotic-assisted surgery allows the surgeon to perform the procedure through 4-5 small incisions in the side of the chest.

    Find a TriHealth surgeon who treats both cancerous and non-cancerous lung conditions.

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