If narrowed or blocked arteries require surgery to restore blood flow to your heart, robot-assisted Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) may be an alternative to open-heart surgery.

Robotic Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery: Why Choose Chester County Hospital

The surgeons at Penn Heart and Vascular at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA, are local experts in robotic CABG, a minimally invasive, lifesaving procedure. At Chester County Hospital, you can expect:

  • Penn Medicine Expertise Close to Home: Chester County Hospital is part of Penn’s world-class academic medical center. You can trust you are receiving the most advanced care, right in your hometown.
  • Supportive and Compassionate Care: Our heart and vascular team is with you every step of the way. Your heart and vascular nurse navigator ensures you receive comprehensive and personalized care before, during and after surgery.
  • State-of-the-Art Operating Facility: In our hybrid operating suite, our care team performs catheter-based procedures, minimally invasive surgical procedures and traditional operations together. Our patients can have multiple procedures at one time under one general anesthesia.

Robotic CABG Overview

For the right candidates, robotic CABG avoids the increased risks and recovery time of open-heart surgery. Our skilled surgeons use a highly specialized computer console to control surgical instruments on robotic arms. The thin instruments and a tiny camera enter the chest through small incisions to replace and repair the arteries. 

While the robot assists with the procedure, the surgeon is in full control. Using a robot to assist with cardiac surgery may increase precision and safety because it allows for micro-movements that aren’t possible with the human hand. The robot also increases visualization of the heart beyond what is possible with the human eye.

Robotic CABG: What to Expect

Robotic CABG requires only small chest incisions, making recovery quicker and easier. During robotic CABG, your cardiac anesthesiologist puts you to sleep so you are comfortable throughout the surgery. Your cardiac surgeon then:

  • Makes small incisions in the left side of the chest.
  • Inserts thin surgical instruments and a small camera into the robotic arms and then through the chest incisions. These instruments give the surgeon a clear, 3-D view inside of your body.
  • Controls these instruments to complete the coronary artery bypass graft procedure.
  • Removes the instruments and closes the incisions.

Benefits of Robot-Assisted CABG

Robotic CABG offers numerous benefits over traditional open-heart surgery, including:

  • Increased precision and range of motion from the robotic arms
  • Quicker recovery and return to daily activities
  • Reduced risk of complications, such as infection or bleeding
  • Smaller incisions, which lead to less scarring and decreased pain

Request an Appointment

Call 800-789-7366 (PENN) to speak to one of our heart and vascular experts. You can also request an appointment using our online form.

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