Top ranked robotic surgeons at the Steward® Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, Mass., perform some of the region’s most state-of-the-art cardiac surgery procedures available.
Compared to traditional open surgery, minimally invasive da Vinci® Surgery provides the following potential benefits to cardiac patients:
da Vinci Surgery provides additional potential benefits to patients facing cardiac surgery, including:
Our robotic cardiac surgery procedures include:
Robotic surgical technologies change the way surgeons operate inside the chest – in particular for procedures performed on the lungs and esophagus. With the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System, thymectomies and other potentially traumatic procedures can be performed through 1 to 2 cm incisions, without spreading or cutting the breastbone or ribs, thereby minimizing blood loss, pain and scarring.
Thoracic procedures our surgeons perform include:
The Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery is led by Arvind Agnihotri, MD, a leader in the field of cardiac surgery.
Cardiac surgery is any surgical procedure performed on the heart or vessels. Frequently, it is done to correct acquired or congenital defects, replace diseased valves, open or bypass blocked vessels, or graft a prosthesis or a transplant.
Robotic cardiac surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System offers breakthrough capabilities that enable surgeons to operate through smaller incisions made between the ribs. Through the use of the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons are now able to offer a minimally invasive option for complex surgical procedures, open surgery and laparoscopy.
As a result, the da Vinci Surgical System is changing the practice of cardiac surgery as it's known today. Data suggests that recovery time, pain and trauma are reduced significantly through this less invasive approach. Our cardiac surgeons use the da Vinci technology for mitral valve repair and replacement, atrial septal defect repair and bypass surgery.
The Steward Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery tailors each surgical procedure for the individual patient, with a specially trained cardiac surgery team working together to provide comprehensive care before, during and after the surgery.
Arvind Agnihotri, MD, chief of the Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery, is a leader in the field of cardiac surgery and the most experienced robotic cardiac surgeon in the Northeast. Dr. Agnihotri's special interests include the training of residents, complex adult cardiac surgery, minimally invasive techniques, cardiac transplantation and aortic surgery. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and is currently the Stanford Calderwood Distinguished Scholar in Cardiac Surgery. Prior to joining St. Elizabeth's Medical Center he was the director of Cardiac Quality Assessment and Improvement for the Partners Health Care System, and director of the Robotic Heart Surgery Program and trans-catheter valve program at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Agnihotri's has a diverse background in engineering, computer science, and mathematics and he has published numerous publications and book chapters. His areas of interest include device development, outcomes research, database development, the electronic medical record and medical simulation.
Training our cardiac surgeons to use the most cutting-edge medical procedures available is a high priority at the Steward Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery. Specifically, we train our surgeons in the techniques of minimally invasive, robotic-assisted cardiac surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System. This surgical system includes a second console, which allows another surgeon or surgeon-in-training to participate in surgeries under the direction of a more experienced robotic surgeon.
Chief, Cardiac Surgery, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Cardiac Surgery, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine
Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery at St. Elizabeth's
St. Elizabeth's Medical Office Building
11 Nevins Street
Brighton, MA 02135