Hybrid operating room means better vascular care

Hybrid operating room means better vascular care

A new concept in operating room design allows vascular surgery patients to receive multiple levels of care within a single operating room.

Located within Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, the new Hybrid Operating Room / Vascular Suite is equipped with advanced imaging systems, a robotic angiography system and several high-definition monitors. The suite, the first in the region, is designed to allow physicians to perform the most advanced surgical and minimally invasive vascular procedures in the same room.

“Because the vascular lab is also a fully-equipped surgical suite, we can immediately convert from a minimally invasive vascular procedure to an open surgical procedure if needed,” said Michal Nawalany, MD, Marshfield Clinic vascular surgeon on staff at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital. “There is no need to move the patient or refer the case to a new surgical team. We are proud to offer patients in north central Wisconsin the latest innovation in vascular care.”

This means fewer surgeries, shorter stays, faster recoveries and better outcomes for patients. The robotic-assisted positioning also allows the 3-D visualization of larger sections of the body, so physicians can detect narrowed or blocked arteries faster and more thoroughly.

The new $2.5 million suite features a multi-axis angiography system called an “Artis Zeego.” The robotic technology allows virtually unrestricted freedom of movement. This facilitates positioning that enables physicians to perform the most advanced vascular and surgical procedures and techniques.

The suite is equipped with numerous large, high-definition, flat-screen monitors, for viewing the images, as well as the patient’s vital signs.

“Advanced technology leads to improved patient outcomes,” said Greg Babcock, MD, Marshfield Clinic interventional radiologist on staff at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

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