Da Vinci assisted robotic coronary bypass surgery speeds recovery.

At just 44, Joanna was told there was a 90 per cent blockage in one of the arteries in her heart. she was ideal for a keyhole coronary bypass operation using the new da Vinci Xi robot. “It allows us to do safe, minimally invasive open-heart surgery through smaller cuts, so you get back to normal function faster,”

Unlike traditional coronary bypass surgery, where patients must be hooked up to a heart-lung machine, this operation is done while the heart is still beating “We do this because it reduces the incidence of stroke. The chance of having a stroke in our hands is a fraction of one per cent.”