OSU MEDICAL CENTER USES ROBOTIC
HEART SURGERY TECHNIQUE


A new minimally invasive heart surgery technique utilizing robotic technology has been performed at The Ohio State University Medical Center. It was the first use in North America of the da Vinci Computer-Enhanced Surgical System which uses sensitive remote-controlled surgical instruments guided by a surgeon at a computer keyboard.

The da Vinci system involves using a tiny camera with multiple lenses inserted into the patient's chest, providing a three-dimensional image of the heart. The surgeon, at a nearby computer workstation, watches through a viewport to see inside the chest as a pair of joysticks are manipulated to control two precisely-engineered robotic arms.

The arms hold specially designed surgical instruments that mimic the actual movement of the surgeon's hands on the joysticks. Using the robotic technology, only three holes - each about the diameter of a pencil - are needed to complete the surgery.


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