fibrillation is a common arrhythmia after conventional open heart surgery. A
minimally invasive robotic approach has the potential to lower its occurrence. We
sought to review the literature on the incidence of post operative atrial
fibrillation in robotic heart surgery and compare it to the incidence in
conventional cardiac surgery. The types of operation investigated were:
coronary artery bypass surgery, mitral valve repair, atrial septal defect
closure and myxoma excision. Operations were performed using the first, second,
and third generation of the daVinciTM surgical robotic system.
fibrillation after robotic heart surgery has a low occurence rate in the 0% to 27.9%
range. By comparing with historical series of conventional surgery, the robotic
approach offers a potentially lower incidence. Reasons for this difference
could be reduced tissue trauma, less frequent atrial and cardiac manipulation.
Credits: LEONARDO CANALE; STEPHANIE MICK; RAVI NAIR; TOMISLAV MIHALJEVIC; JOHANNES BONATTI