Robot-assisted repair of diaphragmatic hernias following ventricular assist device implantation

J Surg Case Rep. 2018 Feb 21;2018(2):rjy016. doi: 10.1093/jscr/rjy016. eCollection 2018 Feb.


Use of ventricular assist devices (VADs) is increasingly common, as is the need for surgeons to be familiar with the management of common complications in this population. Nonetheless, repair of diaphragmatic hernias which commonly develop following VAD implantation remains technically challenging due to intra-abdominal adhesions and the proximity of vital structures. Despite the potential benefits of improved dexterity and visualization, robotic approaches have thus far not been used to address this. We present the first two described cases of robot-assisted repair of diaphragmatic hernias in the setting of prior or current VAD placement.

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