UChicago Medicine is home to a thriving minimally invasive cardiac surgery program and has one of the most comprehensive range of robotic heart surgery options available. Our minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery program is internationally recognized for our surgeons’ experience, the full spectrum of procedures we offer and our innovative techniques. Using robotic devices, sophisticated thin instruments, miniature cameras and hybrid techniques, we are able to repair the heart without having to make a long incision and cut through the breastbone.
Benefits of Robotic Heart Surgery
Minimally invasive and robotic heart surgery techniques offer several advantages compared to open-chest procedures, including:
Rather than waiting several weeks to heal, patients can return to work or other activities much more quickly — usually within two to three weeks.
A Wide Range of Robotic Heart Surgery Options
Our surgical expertise spans everything from robotic coronary bypass surgery to treating arrhythmia disorders, and it is common for our surgeons to correct more than one heart problem during a minimally invasive procedure. For example, we can perform a mitral valve repair or bypass surgery without opening the chest.
Minimally invasive cardiac procedures performed regularly by UChicago Medicine surgeons include:
- Implantation of ventricular assist devices and epicardial pacing to boost the pumping action of the heart in heart failure patients.
- Procedures to treat congenital heart conditions, such as atrial septal defect, patent ductus arteriosus and ventricular septal defect.
- Single and multiple vessel coronary artery bypass surgery, to improve blood flow to the heart and to reduce chest pain.
- Surgery to correct atrial fibrillation, a common type of arrhythmias.
- Valve repair and replacement to restore proper valve function.
State-Of-The-Art Hybrid Operating Suite
Our robotic heart surgeries are performed in the Center for Care and Discovery - Hyde Park, where the surgical suites in the hospital feature sophisticated diagnostics, leading-edge medical and robotic technologies and state-of-the-art imaging capabilities. The hybrid operating rooms unite the surgical suite and the cardiac catheterization lab, enabling surgeons and interventional cardiologists to perform multiple procedures in one setting and treat more than one type of heart problem at the same time.
Why Choose Robotic Heart Surgery?
Telemedicine at UChicago Medicine
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Heart Surgery Resources
You can request a second opinion with one of our cardiologists or a cardiac surgeon.
Our cardiologists and cardiac surgeons are continuously investigating the latest medications, devices, diagnostic services and treatments for heart disease.
Husam Balkhy, MD: On a relentless quest to make heart surgery less invasive for all patients
UChicago Medicine robotic cardiac surgeon Husam Balkhy, MD, wants to provide minimally invasive heart surgery options to as many patients as possible.Learn more about Dr. Balkhy's career as a respected robotic heart surgeon
Revolutionary Robotic Heart Surgery
Dr. Husam Balkhy and the robotic cardiac surgery team at UChicago Medicine performed the world's first fully robotic aortic valve replacement with a suture-less valve to treat Jack Proffit.Learn more about Jack Proffit's recovery
Robotic Mitral Valve Surgery
Kevin Agnew, a 39-year-old father of three, sought international leader in robotic cardiac surgery Husam Balkhy, MD, at the University of Chicago Medicine to repair his heart malfunction through tiny incisions.Read more about Kevin Agnew's treatment
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