Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, California, has launched its robotic heart program.
Goya Raikar, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon at Doctors Medical Center performed the first cases, along with the hospital’s experienced heart team.
“I am excited to work with the heart team at Doctors Medical Center and provide comprehensive cardiac surgical options for the Central Valley,” Dr. Raikar said. “To offer this high level of healthcare for our heart patients in the community is something to be proud of.”
Robotic cardiac surgery is heart surgery done through very small cuts in the chest using the hospital’s da Vinci Xi Surgical System. With the use of tiny instruments and robot-controlled tools, surgeons are able to do heart surgery that is much less invasive than open-heart surgery.
Robotic cardiac surgeries include a number of different procedures including coronary artery bypass, valve surgery, heart defect repair and tumor removal. Dr. Raikar performed coronary artery bypass and valve repair procedures as part of the launch of the robotic heart program at Doctors Medical Center.
By offering robotic cardiac surgery at Doctors Medical Center, patients do not need to travel to have these procedures. Because these surgeries are minimally invasive, other patient benefits may include less blood loss and trauma to the body, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery. Smaller and more precise incisions mean that patients can heal faster and return to activities more quickly.