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About da Vinci® Cardiothoracic Surgery

da Vinci® Surgery - Coronary Bypass (Revascularization) Surgery

When medication, lifestyle changes and other treatments cannot relieve your symptoms due to coronary artery disease (CAD), your doctor may recommend surgery. If you need coronary artery bypass surgery, ask your doctor about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery.

Why da Vinci Surgery?

With the da Vinci Surgical System,surgeons operate through a few small incisions between your ribs, instead of a large chest incision used in open surgery. As a result, your breastbone is not cut and your ribs are left in place. With da Vinci, surgeons do not need to use a heart-lung machine or stop your heart during surgery.

da Vinci® Revascularization

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The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Coronary Bypass Surgery offers the following potential benefits over traditional open heart surgery:

  • Fewer major complications1
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions1
  • Less time in intensive care unit (ICU)1
  • Shorter hospital stay1
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities1
  • Higher patient satisfaction1
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring

State-of-the-art da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is beneficial for performing complex surgery. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. da Vinci – taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.

Physicians have used the da Vinci System successfully worldwide in approximately 1.5 million various surgical procedures to date. da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.

Risks & Considerations Related to Coronary Bypass Surgery

Potential risks of coronary artery bypass surgery include:

  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Heart rhythm problems
  • Kidney or lung failure
  • Fever and chest pain (together called post-pericardiotomy syndrome)
  • Memory loss and/or loss of mental clarity

In addition to the above risks, there are risks related to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Coronary Bypass Revascularization Surgery, such as conversion to open surgery and a chest wound infection which is more likely in patients who are obese, diabetic or have had coronary bypass surgery in the past.1,2

  1. Poston RS, Tran R, Collins M, Reynolds M, Connerney I, Reicher B, Zimrin D, Griffith BP, Bartlett ST. Comparison of economic and patient outcomes with minimally invasive versus traditional off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting techniques. Ann Surg. 2008 Oct;248(4):638-46.
  2. National Institutes of Health. Heart bypass surgery – minimally invasive. Available from:

PN 1002208 Rev B 06/2013

Performance characteristics for conduct of totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) have not been fully established. The system should only be used for CABG when there is direct surgical access to the surgical field. Performance of autologous venous coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) using the da Vinci Surgical System has not been established.

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious or life-threatening complications, which may require prolonged and/or unexpected hospitalization and/or reoperation, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: injury to tissues/organs, bleeding, infection and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction/pain. Risks of surgery also include the potential for equipment failure and/or human error. Individual surgical results may vary.

Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: temporary pain/nerve injury associated with positioning; temporary pain/discomfort from the use of air or gas in the procedure; a longer operation and time under anesthesia and conversion to another surgical technique. If your doctor needs to convert the surgery to another surgical technique, this could result in a longer operative time, additional time under anesthesia, additional or larger incisions and/or increased complications.

Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci® Surgery. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to and Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models.

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If you have questions about the da Vinci® Surgical System or about surgical procedures conducted with the da Vinci Surgical System, consult a surgeon that has experience with the da Vinci Surgical System. A list of surgeons that have experience with the da Vinci Surgical System can be found in the Surgeon Locator.

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