Robotic cardiovascular surgery
Authors: Kypson, Alan P; Chitwood, W Randolph
Source: Expert Review of Medical Devices, 1 May 2006, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 335-343(9)
Abstract:Cardiovascular surgery has traditionally been performed through a median sternotomy, allowing the surgeon generous access to the heart and surrounding great vessels. Recently, less invasive methods have been developed to allow the surgeon the same amount of dexterity and accessibility to the heart, thus resulting in a paradigm shift in cardiac surgery. Originally, long instruments without pivot points were used, however; with the application of robotic telemanipulation systems that allow for improved dexterity, the surgeon is able to perform cardiac surgery from a distance not previously possible. In this rapidly evolving field, this article reviews the recent history and clinical results of robotics in cardiovascular surgery.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: May 1, 2006