Hybrid Operating Room
UVA Opens State-of-the Art OR for Heart Patients. Hybrid OR is the first of its kind in Central Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Jan. 19, 2011 –
The University of Virginia Health System has opened a
state-of-the-art operating room for heart patients. Called a hybrid OR
because it combines cutting-edge imaging technology with the function
of a standard operating room, it is the first of its kind in Central
Virginia and one of only a few in the nation.
“The hybrid OR is a significant advancement in heart care at UVA,” says Scott Lim, MD, co-director of the UVA Cardiac Valve Center. “We now have the best view of the patient’s heart during surgery that technology allows, and for patients, that means safer surgeries, fewer corrective surgeries and shorter hospital stays.”
Scott Lim, MD, discussing the
Before the hybrid OR, patients would be transported between a cardiac catheterization lab, where their heart would be imaged, and an operating room. Many patients were also transported to a third location – a recovery room – between surgical procedures, greatly lengthening their hospital stay.
The hybrid OR allows everything to be done in one room and allows
surgeons to assess the procedure on a series of monitors as they
operate. It also offers surgeons the flexibility to perform traditional
open-heart surgery in conjunction with less-invasive techniques that
involve using imaging technology to thread a catheter to the heart
through a small incision in the leg. “This flexibility allows us to
perform highly customized procedures,” explains Lim.
In addition to the advanced imaging technology, the hybrid OR also fosters collaboration among physicians. It is larger than a standard operating room. This allows for larger teams of physicians to work with each patient and the use of additional equipment if necessary, where before, a patient would often need to be transported to another room for a second procedure.
The procedures best-suited for the hybrid OR include minimally
invasive heart valve repair and replacement, atrial fibrillation
ablation and surgery, minimally invasive heart bypass procedures,
ablation for ventricular tachycardia and placing stents to repair
For more information about the hybrid OR, including a virtual tour of the space, click here.