Two very common conditions that can affect your heart are mitral valve prolapse and coronary artery disease. Your doctor may recommend medication, lifestyle changes or other non-invasive methods to treat your condition.
If non-invasive treatments cannot ease your symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery. Cardiac surgery refers to any surgical procedure on the heart and its supporting structures.
Surgery may be done using traditional open surgery. That means your surgeon will make a large chest incision to reach and operate on your heart. Surgery may also be done minimally invasively. This means your surgeon will make a few small incisions in your chest and use longer instruments to reach your heart. The goal of minimally invasive surgery is to reduce some of the trauma of open surgery.
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious or life-threatening complications, which may require prolonged and/or unexpected hospitalization and/or reoperation, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: injury to tissues/organs, bleeding, infection and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction/pain. Risks of surgery also include the potential for equipment failure and/or human error. Individual surgical results may vary.
Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: temporary pain/nerve injury associated with positioning; temporary pain/discomfort from the use of air or gas in the procedure; a longer operation and time under anesthesia and conversion to another surgical technique. If your doctor needs to convert the surgery to another surgical technique, this could result in a longer operative time, additional time under anesthesia, additional or larger incisions and/or increased complications.
Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci® Surgery. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to www.davincisurgery.com/safety and www.intuitivesurgical.com/safety. Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models.
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