For Complex Cardiovascular Cases, Hybrid Operating Rooms Provide Unprecedented Flexibility

The new Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center will feature a first-of-its-kind hybrid operating room that will allow experts to execute advanced cardiac and vascular surgery while concurrently accessing powerful imaging tools.
The new Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center will operate a first-of-its-kind hybrid operating room in early 2009 to improve collaborative care for patients with complex aortic and cardiovascular disease. Visit this site right here Advanced Heart And Vascular Of Central New Jersey

The hybrid operating room, which is one of 14 new operating suites at the Center that accommodate next-generation minimally invasive technology, will allow cardiac surgeons, vascular surgeons, and cardiologists to treat patients in an environment with next-generation imaging and operative capabilities for multiple interventions – without having to move patients between ORs and procedure rooms. Patients with difficult thoracic aortic aneurysms, aortic dissections, congenital tissue anomalies – such as Marfan Syndrome – and complex aortic arch disease are increasingly undergoing this procedure.
New Technology Pioneers
Brigham and Women’s Hospital has been a pioneer in the deployment of new technologies and has been a leader in the clinical development of an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to treating cardiovascular disease employing hybrid treatments. The Artiszeego from Siemens Medical Solutions, a robotically controlled, high-performance interventional x-ray well suited for usage in OR conditions, is being installed in the new hybrid operating room for the first time in the United States. Physicians at Brigham and Women’s Hospital collaborated with scientists and engineers to adapt this innovative technology for use in the cardiology operating room. The system offers significantly more versatility than standard floor- or ceiling-mounted imaging systems, as well as better imaging power than transportable OR imaging systems. The robotic arm is equipped with a high-powered x-ray scanner that rotates completely around the patient, providing detailed cross-sectional and three-dimensional images in seconds.
Developing Novel Therapies
The new hybrid operating room will permit additional treatments and provide patients with access to new technology, such as percutaneous valve treatments without open heart surgery or cardiovascular bypass, much as technical improvements have propelled the trend of collaborating surgeons. For example, one arm of a new clinical study comparing a revolutionary catheter-placed aortic valve called the Sapien valve to traditional surgery and medicinal therapy for advanced aortic stenosis in patients at high risk for traditional surgery is using the hybrid operating room. More than 400 people in the United States and Europe have had the valve implanted to alleviate the signs and symptoms of severe aortic stenosis.