Second Hybrid Operating Room Opens

The New Hybrid Room Accommodates Growing Needs of the Heart and Vascular Program A second hybrid operating room opened Nov. 30 and has already been put to good use with more than 50 procedures being done so far. “The opening of a second hybrid operating room allows us to expand our capabilities for performing the most advanced endovascular and structural heart interventions including transcatheter aortic valve replacement, MitraClip and aortic endograft placement for complex aneurysms,” says Mike Moulton, MD, triad-physician leader, Heart and Vascular Network, and chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery. For those unfamiliar, a hybrid operating room is equipped with advanced medical imaging devices and combines several departments to provide the best care for our patients. Heart and Vascular, Radiology, and Surgery staff all work together to have the ability to provide a wide range of procedures, which increases the overall flexibility, and efficiency of the department. One of the main benefits to providing care in a hybrid room is the ability to quickly and efficiently transition from a minimally invasive procedure to an open surgery case as needed.

The hybrid OR suite opened for business on Nov. 30 and has already been used many times. The technology inside the room allows doctors to perform a wide range of heart and vascular procedures.

“With the growing need for advanced structural heart and vascular interventions, this additional procedural capacity allows us to effectively perform complex cardiovascular procedures for our patients,” says Dan Anderson, MD, PhD, triad-physician leader, Heart and Vascular Network and chief of Cardiovascular Medicine. The types of procedures performed in the hybrid rooms are primarily complex cardiac and vascular cases such as transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR), angiograms, electrophysiology (EP) Lead Extractions, MitraClips, and fistulograms. “All members of the vascular surgery and cardiac teams have been eager for this second hybrid suite,” says Matthew Longo, MD, Vascular Surgery. “It allows the Heart and Vascular Services team to see and treat an increased number of patients both in the community and region. Furthermore, it increases efficiency, decreases patient wait times for treatment and increases collaboration between the vascular surgery, cardiac surgery and cardiology.” It took a little more than a year to complete the creation of this second hybrid operating room, which is located next to the existing one in the southwest corner of level two at Clarkson Tower. “This was a fast moving complex project which required a lot of hard work and dedication from multiple teams,” says Michaela Newman, director, Heart and Vascular Network. “Thank you to all those involved in making this happen. As our Heart and Vascular Program continues to grow, this second hybrid operating room will help us accommodate those needs to continue to provide the expertise care our patients expect.”

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