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Single-Vessel Small Thoracotomy (SVST)

In a Single-Vessel Small Thoracotomy, the da Vinci Surgical System robot harvests an artery to be used as a bypass graft. Through a small incision between the ribs, the surgeon can perform bypass surgery with direct vision of the surgical site. In an endoscopic procedure, the surgeon can also use a thoracoscope to view inside the chest cavity. A heart stabilization and exposure device allows the heart to continue beating while the surgery is performed.

Minimally invasive instruments position and stabilize the heart during coronary artery bypass surgery, avoiding the need for a sternotomy (incision of the sternum).

Above: Minimally invasive instruments position and stabilize the heart during coronary artery bypass surgery, avoiding the need for a sternotomy (incision of the sternum).

 

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