Two 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. Depending on the severity of your condition or symptoms, your doctor may also recommend heart surgery.
Types of Cardiac Surgery
Open Heart Surgery: Open heart surgery requires your surgeon to make a large chest incision to operate on your heart. It may also require your surgeon to split your breastbone and spread your ribs to reach the heart (known as a sternotomy).
Minimally Invasive Surgery: Your surgeon will make a few small incisions in or near your chest to reach your heart with longer instruments. A tiny camera is also used to view the chest cavity. The goal of a minimally invasive procedure is to reduce some of the trauma of open surgery.If you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, ask your doctor about da Vinci Cardiac Surgery.
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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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