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da Vinci®Links & Resources
If you are looking for more information about da Vinci Surgery, minimally invasive procedures, patient support sites or other relevant and reliable medical information, we hope you find it in the links provided below.
The following external resources are provided as an information service only. Information contained herein does not constitute medical advice and is in no way warranted by the provider to be complete or accurate. Intuitive Surgical makes no judgment about the providers of these pages and is not responsible for the accuracy and/or completeness of the information contained herein.
American Heart Association
The AHA is a national voluntary health agency whose goal is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
American Heart Association - HeartHub
HeartHub is the American Heart Association’s patient portal for information, tools and resources about cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)
The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is an independent, academically focused non-profit organization dedicated to improving the survival and quality of life for people with cardiovascular disease through research and education.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
The NHLBI goals are to 1) prevent, diagnose, treat and cure heart and blood vessel and lung and blood diseases, and sleep disorders and 2) provide a safe and adequate blood supply for the nation.
Heart Valve Surgery
This website was designed to support the patient or caregiver through the entire heart valve surgery process - from diagnosis to recovery. Its goal is help patients manage the opportunities and potential pitfalls of heart valve surgery through patient success stories and tips to enhance the patient's recovery.
All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci Surgery. Results, including cosmetic results, may vary. Serious complications may occur may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious and life-threatening complications, which may require hospitalization, include injury to tissues or organs; bleeding; infection, and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery. Patients should understand that risks of surgery include potential for human error and potential for equipment failure. Risk specific to minimally invasive surgery may include: a longer operative time; the need to convert the procedure to an open approach; or the need for additional or larger incision sites. Converting the procedure to open could mean a longer operative time, long time under anesthesia, and could lead to increased complications. Research suggests that there may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Patients who bleed easily, have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly obese are typically not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery. Other surgical approaches are available. Patients should review the risks associated with all surgical approaches. They should talk to their doctors about their surgical experience and to decide if da Vinci is right for them. For more complete information on surgical risks, safety and indications for use, please refer to http://www.davincisurgery.com/da-vinci-surgery/safety-information.php.
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