Replay of: Robotic Assisted Mitral Valve Repair

First Seen Live webcast: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 5:00pm (EST) (22:00 UTC)




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Greenville, NC- East Carolina University cardiothoracic surgeon W. Randolph Chitwood and his surgical team performed a mitral valve repair using the da Vinci Surgical System during a live webcast on January 18, 2005 at 5pm (EST.) Each year, more than 50,000 procedures are performed on the mitral valve, which regulates the blood flow from the left atrium, or holding chamber, to the left ventricle, the heart's main pumping chamber.

 
  da Vinci Surgical System

Chitwood and his surgical team performed the first total heart valve surgery using robotic technology in North America in May 2000. To date, he has performed more than 175 mitral valve repairs using the da Vinci Surgical System.

 
da Vinci Surgical System
 

Chitwood is professor of surgery, chief of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, and senior associate vice chancellor for health sciences at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. The operation was performed at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, the affiliated teaching hospital for ECU's medical school. The Webcast was moderated by the director of the Robotic Training Center at ECU, cardiothoracic surgeon Wiley Nifong.

Chitwood and Nifong have led the training of more than 250 heart surgeons from around the world in how to use the da Vinci for cardiac and mitral valve surgery through the Robotic Training Center at East Carolina University. ECU was the first training site for surgical teams, teaching surgeons and their surgical teams from around the world. Today, it performs most of the cardiac training and all of the mitral valve surgical training.

To read more about the mitral valve surgical repair using the da Vinci Surgical System, click here.



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