BCH Cardiologist Discusses Robotic Assisted Mitral Valve Repair

BCH Cardiologist Discusses Robotic Assisted Mitral Valve Repair


Any heart surgery comes with concerns but
a new robotic-assisted procedure is helping people with a serious heart condition. Boulder Community Health is one of the only
hospitals in the area using the da Vinci robot to perform mitral valve repair surgery. It’s necessary when the valve fails to close
properly, causing blood to flow backward. Robotic-assisted surgery is helping treat
the disease and get patients back to normal faster. Da Vinci robot allows surgeons to go in with
the tiniest possible instruments.>>We can put them inside the heart. And these instruments will follow the motion
of the surgeon’s hands inside the heart. You can imagine you can get two 7 mm instruments
and a camera into a very small space that would be difficult to get your vision and
your hands. The major advantage of this operation is that it
can be done just through the soft tissue; there’s no bone cutting.>>Some people who suffer from mitral regurgitation
have no symptoms of the disease so it’s extremely important to have an EKG if you have a heart
murmur. Mitral valve disease can lead to death if
not treated.

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