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Robotic Cardiac Surgery

Top ranked robotic surgeons at the Steward® Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, 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:

  • Lower risk of major cardiac event during first year after surgery
  • Less blood loss and need for blood transfusions
  • Less time in intensive care
  • Lower rate of major complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities

da Vinci Surgery provides additional potential benefits to patients facing cardiac surgery, including:

  • High likelihood of a mitral valve being repaired versus replaced
  • No large incision or rib spreading (sternotomy)

Our robotic cardiac surgery procedures include:

  • Robotic mitral valve replacement
  • Robotic mitral valve repair
  • Atrial septal defect
  • Bypass surgery

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:

  • Thymectomy
  • Lobectomy
  • Esophagectomy
  • Mediastinal tumor resection

The Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery is led by Arvind Agnihotri, MD, a leader in the field of cardiac surgery.

What is robotic 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, Boston, Massachusetts Cardiac Surgery Leader

Dr. Agnohotri Cardiac SurgeryArvind 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.

Robotic Cardiac Surgery Training

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.

Our Robotic Surgeons

Dr. Agnohotri Cardiac Surgery

Arvind Agnihotri, MD

Chief, Cardiac Surgery, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center



Steward Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
St. Elizabeth's Medical Office Building
11 Nevins Street
Suite 306
Brighton, MA 02135
Phone: 617-789-2045
Fax: 617-789-2932


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