Robotic Heart Surgery Available at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown

Published On 01/19/2011

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital now offers robotic mitral valve repair, a minimally invasive surgery option to repair a damaged heart valve in a condition called mitral valve prolapse. 

The mitral valve controls blood flow between two chambers of the heart. When this valve does not form a complete seal and allows blood to flow backward, it causes the heart to work harder. This can lead to further valve damage and other complications including congestive heart failure.

“By providing patients a robotic option for repairing the mitral valve, we continue to advance our cardiac care and strengthen our comprehensive cardiac program,” said William Kenley, CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital.

Cardiovascular surgeon Ed Garrett was the first surgeon at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital to use the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System to repair a damaged mitral valve with minimally invasive heart surgery.

“The robot is basically a tool to improve minimally invasive surgical approaches,” explained Dr. Garrett. “It allows you to operate like you would normally without instruments that are a couple of feet long.”

Dr. Garrett says the Germantown surgery team was well prepared for their first case. Robotic heart surgery provides a number of patient benefits including smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, less pain, and a faster recovery.

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