Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery



In this chapter the discussion will be confined to the ministernotomy approach, the thoracoscopic video-assisted or video-guided surgery (port access), and robot-assisted surgery. The growing evidence of interest and the increasing number of published articles are reflecting the attention that cardiac surgeons pay to this subject. Port access and robotic surgery are stimulating techniques that require a new attitude for surgeons: different incision (minithoracotomy and ports), different view (screens and monitors and 3D vision), different surgeon location (sitting a few meters from the patient on the robotic platform).


Mitral Valve Robotic Surgery Mitral Valve Repair Port Access Vinci System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiac Surgery Unit, Department of Cardiovascular ScienceSan Bortolo HospitalVicenzaItaly

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