Our Lady of the Lake Advances Heart Procedure Technology with New Hybrid Operating Room 11/03/2011
Patients at Our Lady of the Lake can now have more than one heart procedure completed in one surgical setting if needed, reducing return trips to the hospital and time away from work and family.
With OLOL’s new 3D imagery, surgeons have a 360-degree view of the heart, giving them the opportunity to provide the patient with all levels of cardiac care in one setting – standard minimally invasive heart procedures and more advanced procedures such as heart bypass surgery. This equipment can also reduce the amount of x-ray radiation used in some heart procedures such as catheterization.
“I recently completed a complex procedure – an endovascular aneurysm repair – in the Hybrid OR using the advanced imaging capability. At the end of this procedure, we usually use 2D imaging to evaluate its progress,” explained P. Michael Davis, MD, FACS, vascular surgeon. “In this case, the advanced 3D imaging technology allowed me to immediately see a leak that the traditional 2D image might have missed. Because we had the Hybrid OR, we were able to correct it right then. For my patient, this means we potentially avoided the need for a second follow-up procedure.”
Karen Engelhardt, the administrator of Our Lady of the Lake Heart Center, describes the Hybrid OR as "flexible, meaning we don’t have to move a patient from one room to another during a procedure and we don’t have to move technology from room to room during procedures. This new OR provides all of the advanced technology required to offer a full range of heart and vascular procedures – from the minimally invasive standard procedures to the more complex advanced surgical procedures.”
See Dr. Davis explain more about the new Hybrid OR and what it means for our region.