Robotic Surgery Institute
About USC Cardiothoracic Surgery
For more than a decade, USC Cardiothoracic Surgeons -- led by pioneer Vaughn A. Starnes, M.D. -- has provided advanced cardiothoracic care to adults and children in the Southern California area. From pioneering heart and living-related lung transplant operations to minimally invasive surgical and robotic approaches, our team of experts incorporates the latest clinical and research advances to treat the full range of cardiothoracic conditions. And we do so in a setting that emphasizes compassion and patient satisfaction.
Towards this end, we have taken the truly unprecedented step of extending our expertise into the community … literally. In addition to our practice at USC University Hospital, we have several satellite offices and an active presence in hospitals throughout the Southland -- from the San Gabriel Valley to Orange County. This gives community residents direct access to university-based excellence, without having to drive extended distances. Our efforts to bring services to communities throughout the Southland vividly illustrates our commitment to helping patients achieve the highest quality of life possible.
The word that best personifies USC Cardiothoracic Surgeons is visionary. Not content to settle for the status quo, our team is constantly seeking more effective and efficient ways to improve patient outcomes and enhance patient care. This is vividly illustrated in our leadership role in introducing cardiothoracic robotic surgery to Southern California.
In April 2001, our cardiothoracic surgery team became the first in the Southland to perform heart surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System, repairing the mitral valve of patient using robotic surgery. In this revolutionary procedure, the cardiothoracic surgeon views the surgical area on a video screen while manipulating instrument controls at a console in a separate part of the operating room. The robot precisely matches the surgeon’s natural hand and wrist movements, translating them to the tiny instruments placed inside the patient through small puncture incisions. The result? Less pain, less scarring and a quicker recovery for our patient.
All of our efforts are designed to achieve one major goal -- enhancing patient care. Heart disease continues to be the leading killer in the United States. And as our population ages, more and more patients may need some type of cardiac intervention.
Please visit the USC Cardiothoracic Surgery web site at http://www.cts.usc.edu