Our Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery Program is among the nation’s most experienced in all forms of minimally invasive cardiac surgery. At Penn, surgeons are working to perfect cardiovascular surgery with minimally invasive procedures that can reduce patients’ postoperative pain, risk of infection, scarring and recovery times.

Our cardiac surgeons have been utilizing these techniques for years, allowing us to successfully perform over 1,400 minimally invasive and/or robotic procedures.

Robotic surgery provides a minimally invasive alternative to conventional open-heart surgery. While viewing a highly detailed, 3D-image of the heart, surgeons can perform complex procedures with more precision and smaller incisions, which leads to better outcomes. Robot-assisted cardiac surgery can be used to:

  • Perform mitral valve surgery, both repairs and replacements
  • Repair atrial septal defects
  • Excise tumors from inside the heart
  • Operate on the tricuspid valve
  • Perform bypass surgery

What are the Benefits of Robotic Cardiac Surgery?

Studies show that patients of surgeons who perform minimally invasive procedures have better results. Minimally invasive procedures can lead to shorter hospital stays, reduced pain after surgery and a faster return to daily life.

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