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)