Heart Surgery Breakthrough

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Rob Mauer has quite a story to tell.  He had heart surgery last year, and was able to play golf just a few weeks later.  He enjoyed that quick recovery, all thanks to a robot, and Dr Sanjay Tripathi at Porter Adventist Hospital.  Dr Tripathi is the only surgeon in Colorado to use the da Vinci Robot for cardiac procedures.  He says the instruments are small, and the surgery is minimally invasive.  There’s no need to crack the chest, and there’s no need for a long incision.  “All of these instruments with the robot go between the ribs, without having to spread the ribs open, and so that really cuts down on the pain and the recovery,” Dr Tripathi said.  Here’s how it works.  Dr Tripathi makes some very small incisions.  He inserts a 3D high definition camera, and watches the video stream from a console, where he is able to control the robot arms.  The technology is exciting, but some patients need convincing.  “I got pretty apprehensive,” Rob Mauer said.  He was won over when he realized the recovery time could be cut in half, and now months after his surgery, he feels he made the right decision.  “I’m golfing, running, we are babysitting two brand new twins three or four times a week, so I’m fine,” Mauer said.

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