I had robotic mitral valve repair performed by Dr. Didier Loulmet at NYU Langone in New York. I am thrilled that I chose this procedure and this surgeon. Dr. Loulmet, a pioneer in the field of robotic heart surgery, had a part in developing this minimally invasive procedure. He is kind, caring, and a great communicator. I was extubated while still in the operating room, so I didn't have the discomfort of waking up with a tube down my throat. I had surgery on Tuesday morning and was discharged from the hospital on Friday. I have five small incisions on my right side where the instruments were inserted between my ribs. I have no broken bones. I was able to sleep flat in my bed the first night I was home. I had moderate pain only at first. There was mild sensitivity at the incision sites for a while, but now, eight weeks after surgery, it's almost gone. My cardiologist examined me and confirmed that I got a good repair. Not only does robotic mitral valve repair provide for an easier recovery, but as Dr. Loulmet explained, it provides for a better repair--I saw, on a monitor, how detailed the surgeon's view is with the camera that is used. Amazing! This procedure is not right for everyone and I feel lucky that I was able to go this route to repair my mitral valve and I am grateful to have found Dr. Loulmet. There is an informative video of robotic mitral valve repair on the NYU Langone website.