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Clinical Specialties - Robotic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Robotic Surgeons and Procedures

Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAH) performs a number of procedures for cardiac and thoracic conditions.

Cardiac conditions are those that affect the heart and valves within the heart. Thoracic conditions are illnesses that affect the organs inside your chest, such as your heart and lungs.

When medicine, lifestyle changes or other options do not ease your symptoms or condition, your doctor may suggest surgery. The method of surgery your doctor suggests could be either open surgery (through one large incision) or minimally invasive surgery through a few small incisions.

If after a discussion with your doctor about the various methods, surgical procedures, recovery times and potential risks, your doctor believes you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, then ask your doctor about the robotic surgery program at the San.

Sydney Adventist Hospital now provides robotic surgery at no extra cost. It has negotiated a zero cost on all the consumables (disposable surgical attachments) required during da Vinci robotic surgery. Depending on your health fund, this can amount to anything from $1,500 to $3,500 in savings. By eliminating this cost, you can make a decision about what type of surgery is best for you based solely on preference and patient outcomes. Finally…robotic surgery on a level playing field.


Our Cardiothoracic robotic surgeons

The new da Vinci robotic program on offer at Sydney Adventist Hospital has a growing number of robotically-trained surgeons capable of performing procedures using this approach. The San is very proud of its robotic surgical team, featuring some of the most highly regarded robotic surgeons across a range of specialised fields, all of whom have extensive training on the da Vinci system.

Our robotic cardiothoracic surgeons include:


Cardiothoracic robotic procedures performed at the San

Minimally invasive surgery, or keyhole surgery, is a modern surgical technique in which operations are performed through small incisions, using small tubes, tiny cameras and surgical instruments, often made some distance from their location. Robotic surgery is a form of minimally invasive surgery, and has been gaining favour over traditional open surgery due to the following benefits as detailed in published clinical journals and referenced in attached patient information brochures:

  • Faster patient recovery
  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss and scarring
  • Lower risk of infection


Below is a list of robotic cardiothoracic procedures performed at the San. Click on the link to access more information, including a da Vinci patient information brochure and the risks associated with robotic surgery.

Mitral Valve Surgery

There are four valves that make up the heart - the mitral, tricuspid, aortic and pulmonic. The mitral valve lies between the left atrium (upper heart chamber) and the left ventricle (lower heart chamber). Mitral valve surgery is required when the mitral valve does not function properly and the goal of mitral valve surgery is to repair or replace the damaged valve and allow blood to flow properly. If medicine or lifestyle changes do not control your symptoms or condition, your doctor may suggest surgery.

Our highly skilled cardiothoracic surgeons may suggest minimally invasive surgery including the use of robotic surgery to perform your procedure.

For more information, please see the da Vinci robotic surgery patient information.

Tricuspid Valve Surgery

When the triscupid valve does not function properly, it is often necessary to repair or replace it. The tricuspid valve lies between the right atrium (upper heart chamber) and the right ventricle (lower heart chamber). If you require tricuspid valve surgery, either repair or replacement, you may be a candidate for robotically-assisted tricuspid valve surgery.

For more information, please see the da Vinci robotic surgery patient information.

Lung Resection

Lung resection is the surgical removal of all or part of the lung, generally due to lung cancer or other lung disease. If you've been diagnosed with lung cancer, your doctor will discuss the condition with you and the best plan of action. They may suggest surgery to remove the cancerous tumour and the type of resection will be based on the tumour location, size and type, as well as the patient's overall health prior to diagnosis.

It can be done using open surgery or minimally invasive surgery, including the use of robotic-assisted da Vinci surgery.

Open surgery is done through a long chest incision, and your surgeon may need to spread your ribs to reach your lung and chest cavity. Minimally invasive surgery (now often the preferred option) can be done a couple of ways. One option is via thoracoscopy, also called video-assisted thoracic surgery or VATS. Doctors insert a tiny camera and surgical instruments into your chest through small incisions. The camera sends images to a video screen to guide doctors as they operate. Another minimally invasive option for patients facing lung resection surgery is robotic-assisted da Vinci surgery.

For more information please see the da Vinci robotic surgery patient information for Lung Cancer.

Thymectomy

Robotic thymectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove the thymus gland. It usually results in remission of myasthenia gravis which is a chronic, often progressive condition that causes muscle weakness. It is usually diagnosed by a neurologist after a patient has experienced unexpected weakness in the eye region – drooping lids or double vision. Removing the thymus gland can result in lessening of symptoms.

For more information please see the da Vinci robotic surgery patient information for Thymectomy.

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