Minially-Invasive Heart Surgery with An Assist from da Vinci
Hartford Hospital cardiac surgeons were the first in Connecticut to harness the power of robotics in cardiac surgery. Mitral valve repair using da Vinci is just becoming available at Hartford Hospital. It is an alternative to conventional open heart surgery – the traditional way to treat mitral valve disease. 
For most patients, da Vinci MVR offers numerous potential benefits
over traditional open-chest surgery, including:
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities
(As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is patient- and procedure-specific.)
Other robotic cardiac surgery procedures performed at Hartford Hospital include:
  • internal mammary artery (IMA) dissection. The IMA is used as the bypass vessel for bypass procedures.
  • Atrial septal defect closure. Atrial septal defect is a congenital  abnormality of the upper chambers of the heart (atria). As a result of this defect, the wall separating the right and left chambers does not fully close. Surgery is sometimes used to correct this condition.
  • Hartford Hospital surgeons hope to soon begin performing coronary bypass surgery using small left-side incisions.