Hybrid Operating Room Now at Crozer-Chester Medical Center - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on September 09, 2016

Hybrid Operating Room Now at Crozer-Chester Medical Center

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Katrina Stier
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Hybrid Operating Room Now at Crozer-Chester Medical Center

The OR is used by vascular surgeons,
interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons
and interventional radiologists.

Crozer-Chester Medical Center now offers a state-of-the-art hybrid operating room (OR) for minimally invasive vascular and cardiac procedures. This system incorporates the latest advances in computer and imaging technologies to give surgeons exceptional control and clear three-dimensional (3D) views similar to those obtained in traditional open surgery.

A revolutionary alternative to conventional operating rooms, the Hybrid OR is equipped with a large fixed imaging system that supports high-quality interventional imaging for complex open and minimally invasive surgeries. The room’s state-of-the-art 3D imaging techniques allow surgeons to better visualize body parts, such as small blood vessels. Patient benefits include smaller incisions and shorter recovery times.

The new hybrid OR is an ideal setting for advanced vascular and cardiac procedures including a built-in, advanced imaging system for use in endovascular aortic repair (EVAR), peripheral angioplasty and stent placement, carotid artery stent placement, hybrid treatment of coronary artery disease and percutaneous closure of heart defects. “This equipment may be used in the future for thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and percutaneous mitral valve repair,” says Muhammad Raza, M.D., interventionist cardiologist.

“It allows us to treat patients with complex and multi-level vascular disease using a combination of traditional operative procedures with minimally invasive endovascular interventions providing the opportunity for complete restoration of blood flow. There is also less radiation to the patient and staff and a reduction in the use of X-ray dye given the latest technological features built into the system,” says Sai Sajja, M.D., vascular surgeon.

“In recent years, there has been a convergence of different approaches to the treatment of cardiovascular disease through combined cardiology, radiology and surgical multidisciplinary team based management. Our new hybrid OR represents this sharing of knowledge and clinical expertise resulting in a close collaborative physician partnership to benefit the patient. It is yet another example of why patients and their families no longer need to travel to receive the type of state-of-the-art care that is currently available here at Crozer-Chester Medical Center,” says Charles Geller, M.D., chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Crozer.

Having the ability to perform simultaneous imaging studies and interventions in the same room eliminates the need to move patients during a procedure and potentially reduces the risk of infection. Patients also benefit through shorter procedure times, as well as shorter intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital stays.

“This technological achievement offers physicians a procedure suite with the dual functionality of a traditional OR and catheterization lab. It improves surgical quality, patient safety and efficiency, while allowing surgeons to perform simultaneous or back-to-back procedures on a patient. This provides physicians with the most sophisticated surgical setting imaginable to perform medical procedures and deliver the best outcomes possible,” says Aley Tohamy, M.D., interim chief of surgery for Crozer-Keystone Health System.

For more information about Crozer-Keystone’s hybrid OR, visit crozerkeystone.org/Surgery.

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