Mitral Valve Prolapse & Treatment
While surgery is generally the most effective way to treat disorders of the heart, lungs and esophagus, traditional open surgery has a number of inherent drawbacks caused primarily by making a large incision, splitting the breastbone and spreading the ribs to access the thoracic space.
In addition to an 8- to 10-inch scar down the center of the chest, splitting of the breastbone leads to a lengthy recovery time of eight to 12 weeks, as well as a prolonged delay before being able to return to normal daily activities.
For even the most complex cardiothoracic procedures, such as mitral valve repair, the da Vinci Surgical System provides surgeons and patients with an effective, less invasive treatment alternative.
Among the benefits of da Vinci cardiothoracic surgery are a reduced risk of infection, less blood loss and need for blood transfusions, shorter hospital stay, less pain and scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal activities.