First Human Robotic Endoscopic Aortic Valve Replacement Performed

Wed, 11/04/2009 - 5:47am


The first human robot-assisted endoscopic aortic valve replacement using the daVinci® Surgical System from Intuitive Surgical to implant the ATS 3f® Aortic Bioprosthesis was recently performed by Allen Raczkowski, M.D., at Banner Baywood Health Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.

“The ATS 3f Aortic Bioprosthesis is the only valve that has the flexibility necessary for small access robotic ports, and it provides hemodynamic characteristics which are important for the patient's quality of life,” said Dr. Raczkowski.

The appeal of the ATS unit stems from its stentless design, so it has no rigid supporting stent. As a result, the valve is completely pliable, which allows it to be folded into a small diameter and introduced to the body through small ports using minimally invasive techniques.

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