I feel and read robotic not all that it is cracked up to be and many times has to be repeated and no longer a repair it becomes a replacement. I was offered port access also. I chose sternotomy for these reasons. 1. surgeon has best viewing & full access. 2. less time on heart lung machine. 3. proven results. I spent 5 days in hospital, home alone week 2, driving week 4 and now on week 5 and doing great. My scar not that big of a deal, it runs into cleavage. My repair, surgeons said will last my lifetime. Janis Kielbasa
Open heart has lower risk for stroke, better view & access, less time on bypass. Recovery can be a little slower though due to larger wound. And of course the scar, er, the red badge of courage. Consider what is right for you. -- DVB
Hi Jane, check out Nancy Slocum's journal. Dr. Chitwood did her surgery. I also have a friend who has passed away now from cancer, but Dr. Chitwood did heart surgery on him several years ago and they highly recommended him. I am going to Cleveland Clinic March 13, Dr.Gillinov will replace my aortic valve and possibly repair dilated aorta. Good luck with your search.
I had mitral valve repair at Northwestern Hospital. They are rated #2 in country for valve surgery. The Bluhm cardio group head by Dr. Patrick Mccarthy there is amazing. Dr. Chris Malaisrie did my surgery December 28th. I am 5 weeks post op and doing well. I chose to have a sternotomy versus port access. Janis K.