Pioneering Robotic Cardiac Surgery

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Robotic cardiac surgery involves the use of a robotic system to perform minimally invasive heart procedures. Utilizing this advanced technology, surgeons are able to access the heart via much smaller incisions than other surgical methods and have a broader range of motion and smoother precision compared to just using their hands or other minimally invasive tools. There are two main types of robotic cardiac surgeries: coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and mitral valve repair. 

Expertise in Robotic Heart Surgery

Although relatively new procedures, our Chief of Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support, Kenneth Liao, MD, PhD, has been pioneering techniques in robotic CABG for the past 15 years* and training in the latest methods in robotic mitral valve repair. And as one of the top 25 cardiology and heart surgery programs in the nation (US News & World Report), our trusted team at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center provides the most advanced and individualized cardiovascular care available.

Robotic Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)

Robotic CABG is a relatively new type of heart bypass surgery that utilizes minimally invasive technology to bolster blood flow. Most often performed when an artery has been blocked, this revolutionary procedure is a more precise alternative to open-heart surgery.

Robotic Mitral Valve Repair

There are two ways for a surgeon to complete a robotic mitral valve repair. They may choose to strengthen the weakened mitral valve by sewing in a ring or other material for support, or they can remove unnecessary tissue and surgically reshape the valve. 

Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Heart Surgery

For the patient, benefits may include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • And in many cases, better clinical outcomes*

*Dr. Liao’s approach to Robotic CABG has garnered a 90% success rate 15 years post-surgery.

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