Minimally Invasive and Robotic Heart Surgery


Many of our heart surgery patients are candidates for our minimally invasive robotic surgery. Robotic-assisted surgery is performed through a few tiny incisions between the ribs. Compared to a more traditional invasive surgery, robotic surgery can provide the following benefits:

  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain
  • Quicker return to normal daily activities
  • Less blood loss
  • Less time in intensive care

Which Heart Surgeries can be Minimally Invasive, or Robotic?

Robotic surgery is applicable to many cardiac operations including mitral valve surgery, atrial fibrillation ablation surgery, septal defect closures and removal of cardiac tumors. With robotic-assisted surgery, the surgeon sits at a control console with 3 robotic arms, a special vision system, and instruments. The surgeon’s natural hand and wrist movements are translated by a computer to instruments that have been placed inside the patient’s chest through small incisions. The robot’s controls can read even the tiniest of movements the surgeon makes.

Your surgeon will review your diagnostic tests and determine if you are a candidate for this type of surgery.

Would you like to learn more about minimally invasive robotic heart surgery in Portland? Call now to schedule an appointment: 503-607-8380