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Title: Robotic Cardiac Surgery at Epworth Hospital.
Epworth Authors: Skillington, Peter
Moshinsky, Randall
Almeida, Aubrey
Other Authors: Goldblatt, John
Keywords: The Epworth Centre, 32 Erin Street, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Cardiac Surgery
Heart Surgery
Surgery, Cardiac
Surgery, Heart
Surgery, Thoracic
Thoracic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Mitral Valve Annulus Repair
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Bypass Surgery, Coronary Artery
Bypass, Coronary Artery
Heart Septal Defects, Atrial
Atrial Septal Defects
Cardiac Pacemaker, Artificial
Australasian Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons
Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
Atrial Fibrillation
Issue Date: Dec-2004
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Heart Lung and Circulation 2004 Volume 13 Suppl 3: S3-S6
Abstract: Epworth Hospital is the first in the southern hemisphere to acquire the da Vinci Robot to facilitate minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Applications for this new technology include mitral valve repair, atrial septal defect closure, single coronary artery bypass graft to coronary arteries on the front of the heart, ablative surgery for atrial fibrillation and insertion of epicardial pacemaker electrodes. A team of surgeons from the Epworth Hospital have trained at East Carolina University (ECU) Greenville, North Carolina, USA; including surgeons, anesthetists, perfusionist and nurses. Following this, during a week in March, a proctoring surgeon from the USA, Dr. Wiley Nifong, assisted the Epworth team with their initial seven operations, which all proceeded without incident. The initial operative times were longer than the standard surgery, although with additional experience, now totalling 24 patients in all, these times have shortened considerably. The experience to date is summarized as an Addendum to this manuscript.
DOI: 10.1016/j.hlc.2004.09.017
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ISSN: 1443-9506
Journal Title: Heart Lung and Circulation
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Descriptive Study
Appears in Collections:Cardiac Sciences

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