Robotic Heart Surgery

Clinical Services: Cardiothoracic Surgery (Heart Surgery)
Upper East Side
525 East 68th Street, M-404
New York, NY 10065
Mon-Fri 09:00am - 05:00pm
(212) 746-5166

Weill Cornell Medicine is at the forefront of minimally invasive heart surgery techniques, including robotic cardiac surgery.

Endoscopic robotic heart surgery

This is a type of minimally invasive surgery that uses robotic instruments and very small incisions to operate on the heart. This is an alternative to traditional, “open heart” surgery (sternotomy).

The ability to perform surgery through tiny incisions can improve both the outcome of surgery and recovery time. Smaller incisions mean less blood loss, less post-operative discomfort, a faster recovery, and a lower risk of infection. In many cases—including mitral valve repair—the success rates using robotic surgical techniques are higher than when traditional surgery is used.


Robotic heart surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine

The Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery offers endoscopic robotic surgery to patients who are good candidates for these procedures.

Our surgeons use robotic techniques to perform many types of heart surgeries, including:

●   Mitral valve repair or replacement (mostly repair)

●   Atrial septal defect closures

●   Removal of cardiac tumors (atrial myxomas for example)

●   Septal Myectomy for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

●   Tricuspid valve repair or replacement

●   Coronary artery bypass (for blocked arteries to the heart)

●   Pacemaker lead placement (for heart failure)

Our patients benefit from: 

●   Our record of excellent outcomes

●   Our surgical team works with each patient to develop an individualized, comprehensive treatment plan

●   Access to world-class imaging technology for the most accurate diagnosis possible

●   Collaboration with other specialists (such as cardiologists and anesthesiologists) to provide seamless, high-quality care

●   The research being conducted at Weill Cornell Medicine that is pioneering minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques




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