In a first of its kind in Karnataka, Aster CMI Hospital’s heart surgeons perform Robotically Assisted Surgery for Mitral Valve conditions. Traditionally, an open heart surgery involves cutting the breast bone all the way from the neck to the abdomen. With the advent of minimally invasive technologies, the size of the surgical cut had reduced from 8-10 cm to 5- 8 cm. Now, with the help of Robotic arms, surgeons at Aster CMI Hospital have successfully performed four mitral valve surgeries, with invasions as minimal as 2.5 cm to 3.5 cm.

“We, doctors, sit at a console, and, with inputs from the camera, which gives us a complete view of the mitral valve in the patient’s body, guide the three Robotic Arms which are more dexterous as a human wrist, and are able to rotate almost 360 degrees, making surgical manipulation easier and more precise,” says Dr. Mahadev Dixit, Lead Consultant and Chief of Cardiac Sciences, Aster CMI Hospital.

Dr. Dixit, has, with the help of these Robotic Arms, successfully performed four mitral valve surgeries so far, three of which are on women. “All four patients are doing well,” says Dr. Dixit. “In fact, one of them was getting married, and the scar from the surgery is very minimal as compared to what a traditional open heart surgery will leave. Among the many benefits of Robotically Assisted surgeries are: smaller incisions with minimal scarring, less trauma and pain to the patient, shorter hospital stay (3 to 4 days), lesser pain medications, less bleeding, decreased risk of infection, shorter and quicker recovery time, which thereby enables the patient to get back to his/her routine fast.”

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