Robotic-Assisted Cardiac Surgery

At Saint Joseph's Heart and Vascular Institute, we offer some of the most advanced treatments available, including minimally invasive, robotic-assisted heart surgery. We are the first heart center in Georgia to adopt the use of robotic cardiac surgery, and we take a collaborative, team approach to ensure you receive the highest quality care in a comfortable setting.

Robotic heart surgery uses sophisticated technology to enhance the physician's surgical expertise during delicate and demanding cardiac procedures, such as coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, valve repair and replacement, and atrial septal defect repair. We have world-renowned cardiac surgeons who specialize in performing robotic-assisted heart surgery and also regularly train other cardiac surgeons from around the United States and the world in the use of this technology. We combine our clinical expertise -- which few institutions anywhere can match -- with our commitment to compassionate patient care. You can feel confident that you will receive exceptional treatment and care at Saint Joseph's.

For appointments or to contact us, please call: 1-877-250-STJO (7856)

What Is Robotic-Assisted Surgery?

Robotic-assisted surgery is a form of minimally invasive surgery that combines endoscopic cardiac surgery with robotic technology. In endoscopic surgery, the surgeon uses small incisions, called ports, to gain access to the heart and blood vessels. The surgeon inserts thin surgical instruments and cameras into the ports to perform the procedure. Unlike traditional open-heart surgery, which requires the surgeon to make a long incision and separate the chest bone (sternum) to gain access to the heart and blood vessels, endoscopic surgery spares the rib cage and chest bone.

When using robotic instrumentation, the surgeon sits at a computer console a few feet away from the patient. Using a high-powered camera, the surgeon guides robotic arms, which hold the surgical tools that are inserted into the ports. The surgeon moves his or her hands the way he or she would during traditional surgery. The robotic arms have miniaturized instruments that mimic the surgeon's hand movements but with greater precision. In addition, a video monitoring system provides a high-definition, three-dimensional view of the surgery with magnification 10 times that of the naked eye, which allows the surgeon to see the operating field more clearly.

The advantages of robotic-assisted surgery compared to conventional surgery include:

  • Smaller incisions and scars
  • Fewer side effects and complications
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Faster recovery time
Atlanta's Robotic-Assisted Surgery Leader

Few institutions can rival the skill and experience that the Saint Joseph's team possesses. In 2002, Saint Joseph's became the first hospital in Georgia -- and one of only a few in the nation -- to perform robotic, totally-endoscopic, closed-chest heart surgery. Dr. Douglas Murphy, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, participated in the clinical trials that helped the robotic system gain Food and Drug Administration approval. Dr. Murphy has performed more than 2,000 robotic-assisted procedures, including 1,500 mitral valve repairs.

Our Robotic-Assisted Surgical Services

Saint Joseph's Heart and Vascular Institute offers a highly specialized and expertly skilled group of cardiac surgeons, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and surgical nurses who work together to ensure that you receive the compassionate care that is such an important part of our mission. Saint Joseph's offers a broad range of robotic-assisted procedures, including:

  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Atrial Septal Defect Repair
  • Atrial Myxoma and Thrombus
  • Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting for Single or Multivessel Coronary Artery Disease
  • Hybrid Coronary Revascularization
  • Mediastinal Mass Excision
  • Thymectomy
  • Epicardial Lead Placement
  • Pericardial Window
  • Cardiac and Thoracic Tumors

For more information about robotic-assisted surgery at Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta, please call 877-250-STJO (7856).

Robotic-Assisted Surgery Training

In 2004, Saint Joseph's was named the exclusive training center in the Southeast for the daVinci® robotic surgery system. Saint Joseph's International College of Robotic Surgery (ICRS) is one of only five training sites in the world for the daVinci® surgical system, where physicians from throughout the southeast and around the world are trained in the techniques of minimally invasive, robotic surgery. For more about the ICRS, please visit

Contact Us

Visconti Center for Robotics
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
877-250-STJO (7856)