About da Vinci® Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiac Conditions

Two common conditions that can affect your heart are mitral valve prolapse and coronary artery disease. If you have one of these conditions, and medicine, lifestyle changes or other options do not ease your symptoms, your doctor may suggest surgery.

The method of heart surgery your doctor uses may include: open surgery through a large chest incision (sternotomy) or minimally invasive surgery through a few small incisions (cuts) between your ribs (also called thoracoscopic surgery). Surgeons use long instruments, including a thoracoscope (long thin tube) which has a light and tiny camera at the end. Images from the camera are sent to a video monitor to guide doctors as they operate.

If you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, ask your doctor about da Vinci Cardiac Surgery.

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Important Safety Information

Patients should talk to their doctors to decide if da Vinci® surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on nonsurgical and surgical options and associated risks in order to make an informed decision. 

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci surgery, up to and including death. Serious risks include, but are not limited to, injury to tissues and organs and conversion to other surgical techniques, which could result in a longer operative time and/or increased complications. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to www.intuitive.com/safety.

Individuals' outcomes may depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to patient characteristics, disease characteristics, and/or surgeon experience.

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If you have questions about the da Vinci® Surgical System or about surgical procedures conducted with the da Vinci Surgical System, consult a surgeon that has experience with the da Vinci Surgical System. A list of surgeons that have experience with the da Vinci Surgical System can be found in the Surgeon Locator.

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