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University of Minnesota surgeons unveil new hybrid OR

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UMMC's new hybrid operating room allows clinical providers from across cardiovascular subspecialties to work together to provide the safest, most advanced care available in the nation.

Earlier today, surgeons from University of Minnesota Heart at Fairview performed a complex endovascular aneurysm repair that demonstrated the technology and capabilities of a new hybrid operating room at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, that integrates vascular surgery, cardiology, interventional radiology, cardiac surgery and anesthesia services.

The room, developed in partnership with Philips Healthcare, is a unique combination; part endoscopy suite and part operating room that offers unparalleled technology including:

  • An integration of technologies that allows for 70 percent less radiation exposure to patients and clinical providers during X-ray based procedures
  • A Philips Flexmove x-ray beam mounting system that allows for better beam positioning
  • A complete compliment of ultrasound and echo technology, as well as the ability to display a patient’s previous CT and MRI images, allowing for improved disease targeting and a reduction or elimination of some surgical incisions.

While much of the technology is designed to assist in minimally-invasive procedures, the room also offers technology designed to improve outcomes during the most serious and invasive operations, including a Maquet modular OR table that is almost infinitely adjustable, robotic surgery technology, heart-lung bypass circuitry and heart rhythm correcting technology.

“In designing this space, our focus has been locked onto one thing: improving care for our patients,” said University of Minnesota vascular surgeon Steven Santilli, M.D., Ph.D., who helped define the room’s needs, requirements and development. “This hybrid operating room is where clinical providers from across cardiovascular subspecialties can work together to provide the safest, most advanced, and most innovative care available in the nation.  We’ve even designed the room to incorporate future technology so that we can stay ahead of the curve and represent the forefront of cardiovascular medicine.”

Examples of procedures that can be performed in this room are:

  • Robotic assisted surgery
  • Thoracic and aortic procedures, repairs, implantations and debranching
  • Graft implantations and repairs
  • Advanced procedures for heart rhythm maladies
  • Endovascular repairs and fenestrations
  • Lower extremity revascularizations

Currently, the room is not equipped or staffed to manage emergency cases, however UMMC hopes to continue training additional staff on the specialized equipment with the goal of utilizing the room during emergency cases next year.

  1. November 13, 2013 9:26 am | mary bradley Says:

    As a patient that has had many surgeries, I think this is so cool that it can all be done right there in the room. I love less time for recovery. Way to go!!!