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how has minimally invasive heart surgery been improved over the last few years?

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Dr. Randy Kiewe
26 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Major advances aided by surgical robots have been remote surgery, minimally invasive surgery and unmanned surgery. Some major advantages of robotic surgery are precision, miniaturization, smaller incisions, decreased blood loss, less pain, and quicker healing time. Further advantages are articulation beyond normal manipulation and three-dimensional magnification, resulting in improved ergonomics.
Answered on Aug 18, 2011
Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
More mainstream: With regards to heart surgery i think it is becoming more mainstream. 10 yrs ago very few heart surgeons offered much with regards to minimally invasive surgery. As the equipment to help us has improved more and more can be done thru smaller incision. The davinci robot has also been a major factor in pushing minimally invasive surgery of the heart forward. It's an exciting time in heart surgery.
Answered on Dec 15, 2012
Dr. Donald Thomas
34 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Overall: Both the equipment and the technical approaches have advanced over the last few years. There has been advances in robotic equipment and general equipment. In addition there has been advances in the approach to the procedures.
Answered on Jun 27, 2014
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