Medical Advances With Hybrid Surgical Technologies

South Texas Health System Heart was the first hospital south of San Antonio to install hybrid operating rooms. In a hybrid operating room (OR), cardiovascular specialists employ advanced technologies in both non-invasive and invasive cardiology.

Patients at South Texas Health System Heart who undergo surgical procedures experience the convenience of receiving multiple diagnostic and surgical treatments during a single session reducing the risk of complications before and after surgery. In a hybrid operating room, the room itself changes to fit the needs of each specialist while a patient stays in the same bed and room.  This makes surgical procedures safer because surgeons are able to change course and start a new procedure if they need to.

Traditionally, cardiovascular diagnostic and surgical procedures are performed separately in different rooms or on separate days. Hybrid ORs seamlessly convert from a cardiac catheterization lab to a surgical suite in moments, allowing heart specialists to collaborate and make assessments about your condition in real-time. This efficiency means you could spend less time on the operating table and have a lower risk of complications during or after surgery.

The hybrid OR is ideal for many common and complex cardiovascular procedures, including:

  • Aortic repair
  • Peripheral revascularization
  • Acute stroke intervention
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
  • Carotid stenting
  • Repair of aortic aneurism
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Catheter ablation mapping
  • Endovascular intervention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

If you need to see a physician affiliated with South Texas Health System Heart, call the South Texas Health System Reserve and Learn line at 800-879-1033.