Robotic Cardiac Surgery | MedStar Health
Photo of Dr Yuji Kawano with the DaVinci Xi Surgical System at MedStar Health

Photo of Dr Yuji Kawano with the DaVinci Xi Surgical System at MedStar HealthRobotic cardiac surgery is an innovative approach that incorporates the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques. Combining the agility of robotic instruments with a high-definition 3D camera, Yuji Kawano, MD, the lead surgeon, and the surgical team can perform cardiothoracic procedures through very tiny incisions in the chest wall that would not be possible without the da Vinci robotic technology.

This highly specialized approach can provide patients with enhanced recovery, shorter hospital stays, and fewer complications as compared to conventional methods. Robotic cardiac surgery may be applied to treat aortic, mitral and tricuspid valve conditions, atrial fibrillation, and cardiac tumors, for low-risk surgical patients as well as high-risk patients with complex medical conditions.


Aortic Valve Disease

Types of aortic valve disease include:

Mitral Valve Disease

Types of mitral valve disease include:

Tricuspid Valve Disease

Tricuspid valve disease includes:

  • Tricuspid regurgitation: in which blood flows backward through the valve because the tricuspid valve doesn’t close properly.
  • Tricuspid stenosis: a narrowing of the tricuspid valve that limits how much blood flows through the heart.

Cardiac tumors and masses


Our specialists may recommend one or more diagnostic and imaging procedures.

  • Cardiac catheterization: Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive way to diagnose and treat a variety of heart and vascular conditions by guiding thin, flexible tubes called catheters through blood vessels to problem areas.
  • Chest X-ray: Chest X-rays use a small dose of radiation to create pictures of the structures inside the chest, including the lungs, heart, and chest wall.
  • Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of your heart.
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG): An electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG, measures the heart’s electrical activity.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Magnetic resonance imaging, better known as cardiac MRI, is a combination of radio waves, magnets, and computer technology to create images of your heart and blood vessels.
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE): Transesophageal echocardiogram allows us to take very detailed images of your heart structure from a probe in your esophagus.

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MedStar Washington Hospital Center

110 Irving St. NW
Washington, DC 20010

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