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.
Important Safety Information
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. 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. Please also refer to http://www.daVinciSurgery.com/Safety for Important Safety Information.
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