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Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery

During the robotically assisted tumor removal procedure, the cardiovascular surgeon’s hands control the movement and placement of the endoscopic instruments through small incisions in the left atrium to remove the tumor.

Compared with traditional surgery, the benefits of robotically assisted surgery include:

  • Smaller incisions with minimal scarring
  • Less trauma to the patient, including less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay (usually 3 to 4 days)
  • Decreased use of pain medications
  • Less bleeding
  • Decreased risk of infection
  • Shorter recovery and quicker return to daily activities