Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
Aurora St. Luke's was the first hospital in Southeastern Wisconsin to apply the precision of robotic-assisted technology in heart bypass surgery and mitral valve surgery. Aurora St. Luke's was also the first in the world to use the da Vinci® Surgical System to perform a double heart valve repair. Physicians from across the United States have visited Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center to observe and learn from our robotic-assisted surgery program.
Since initiating our robotic-assisted surgery program in 2002, Aurora Health Care physicians have collectively performed more than 4,700 robotic-assisted procedures using the daVinci Surgical System.
The robotic-assisted heart surgery team is led by Daniel O’Hair, MD, a board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon with years of experience in robotic-assisted heart surgery procedures.
Robotic-assisted cardiac procedures available at aurora:
- Mitral valve repair
- Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
- Atrial septal defect repair
- Pacemaker leads placement/implant
Robotic-Assisted vs. Traditional Heart Surgery
|Open Procedure||Robotic-assisted procedure|
|Number of incisions:||1||4 or 5|
|Size of incisions:||8–10”||½”|
Additional benefits of robotic-assisted heart surgery:
- Significantly less pain
- Less trauma to surrounding tissue
- Less blood loss
- Shorter hospital stays
- Faster recoveries
- More rapid return to everyday activities
- Less scarring
- Less risk of infection
To learn more about robotic-assisted surgery, see our frequently asked questions.
If you are considering a robotic-assisted surgery, consider asking your physician the following questions:
- What experience do you have with robotic-assisted surgery?
- What types of robotic-assisted surgery procedures have you done?
- How many robotic-assisted surgery procedures have you done?
- What type of outcomes have your patients experienced?
To find out if robotic-assisted surgery may be right for you, visit Aurora’s Second Opinion Program or call 888-973-2663.