Lankenau has been a leader in heart surgery since the 1960s. Our
internationally respected specialists use the latest minimally invasive
surgical approaches to deliver exceptional care to patients throughout
the region. These include advanced laparoscopic, endoscopic and robotic
procedures for the surgical treatment of coronary artery disease,
valvular disease, aortic disease, congenital defects/diseases and rhythm
Our Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery Team
Lankenau Medical Center is home to some of the country’s foremost
experts in the areas of robotic and minimally invasive heart surgery.
Our cardiac surgery team is lead by Drs. Scott Goldman and Francis
Our Approach to Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery
As leaders in minimally invasive heart surgery, the Lankenau Heart
Institute team has particular expertise in performing robotic-assisted
coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), endoscopic mitral valve repair
surgery, minimally invasive aortic valve replacement and transcatheter
aortic valve replacement. Innovative approaches such as these have
led Lankenau to consistently score above the Society of Thoracic
Surgeons’ national average in CABG and valve surgical volumes. The
latest 2010 published report by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost
Containment Council, reported that “once again” Lankenau demonstrated
“Less than Expected Readmissions” for patients receiving either CABG or
By combining cutting-edge techniques with a multidisciplinary team
approach, the nationally renowned cardiac surgeons and specialists of
the Lankenau Heart Institute are achieving exceptional patient outcomes
and setting the national standard for heart care.
In most cases, a minimally invasive approach to heart surgery decreases
overall trauma to the body by eliminating the more invasive, open
Compared to traditional surgery, the benefits of minimally invasive and
robotic heart surgery include:
Shorter hospital stays usually 3-4 days and faster recovery
Smaller incisions with minimal scarring and less pain
Maintained strength and independence
Quicker return to normal daily activities, including work. The
patient can resume activities without restrictions including
driving, if they feel up to it.
The Choice for Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery
Since 1997, Lankenau has performed more than 1,000 endoscopic
mitral valve repairs and 1,000 robotic-assisted CABG surgeries.
Dr. Goldman brings nationally renowned expertise in mitral valve
repair and aortic valve replacement to Lankenau and performs 90
percent of his surgeries using a minimally invasive approach.
Dr. Sutter is a national leader in minimally invasive,
robotic-assisted bypass surgery. He has performed over 1,000 of
these procedures, more than any other surgeon in the country. He
uses this approach to treat approximately 70 percent of his
Dr. Sutter is the only surgeon in the Philadelphia region who
has perfected the minimally invasive, robotic-assisted bypass
procedure using just a single 1-inch incision.
Nearly 100 percent of all CABG surgeries (both open and
robotic-assisted) at Lankenau are performed without stopping the
heart and the use of a heart/lung bypass machine. The national
average is 19.4 percent.
81 percent of mitral valves are repaired at Lankenau, compared
to 57 percent nationally.
More than 81 percent of isolated aortic valve replacement
surgeries are performed at Lankenau using a minimally invasive
Surgeons from around the world frequently come to Lankenau to
observe techniques and train under Dr. Sutter and Dr. Goldberg.
Lankenau Heart Institute’s cardiovascular surgeons are committed to
providing patients with individualized care, and combine clinical
research, options for experimental therapies and cutting-edge
technologies to achieve the best outcomes.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.