Robotic Valve Surgery

Robotic cardiac surgeons at Saint Thomas Heart are utilizing the most advanced robotic surgical system available today - the da Vinci Si High Definition Surgical System. The minimally invasive treatment option is performed through the smallest of incisions so patients typically experience less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a faster return to normal daily activities.

A variety of cardiac related conditions that can be treated utilizing robotic surgery, include:

Mitral valve prolapse, a condition when one or both of the flaps that are supposed to open and close to control blood flow to the heart do not work properly and allows small amounts of blood to flow backwards into the heart valve.

Atrial fibrillation, or AF, is the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia . An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm.

How does it work?

Using two small cameras, the system creates a three-dimensional, high-definition view of the operative field. Surgeons work at a kiosk with controls that connect to very small surgical instruments. The kiosk's controls use Intuitive® motion technology to mimic natural hand and wrist movements, allowing surgeons the same precision they enjoy in traditional open surgeries.

Robotic Heart Surgeons


Evelio Rodriguez, MD
  • Minimally Invasive and Robotic Mitral Valve Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atrial Fibrillation Surgery

For more information about robotic cardiac surgery and to schedule an appointment with our Valve Center Coordinator, please call 855.789.2593.