Hybrid Operating Room
The East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center is home to the first hybrid operating room in eastern North Carolina.
A hybrid OR is an operating room equipped with a sophisticated imaging system that allows physicians to perform minimally invasive cardiac and vascular procedures with greater precision than ever before.
For patients, a hybrid OR means reduced recovery time, better outcomes and getting back to normal routines quicker.
Using a piece of equipment commonly referred to as a C-arm, physicians can take pictures all the way around a person’s body. This three-dimensional view allows the entire care team to work with extreme accuracy when performing cardiac and vascular procedures.
A common cardiac procedure performed in the hybrid OR is for the treatment of a condition known as Aortic Stenosis or AS. With AS, a heart valve is narrowed which impairs the ability of the heart to pump blood. The corrective procedure, known as trans-catheter aortic valve replacement or TAVR, involves insertion of a new valve under X-ray guidance with minimal to no incision and without the use of a heart-lung machine. A common vascular procedure is the repair of an enlarged blood vessel or aneurysm in the chest or abdomen with the insertion of a device known as a stent-graft. Once again, this is commonly done with little to no incision required because of the imaging capabilities available in the hybrid OR.
At 1,200 square feet, the Heart Institute’s hybrid OR is far larger than a standard operating room and among the largest such rooms to be found in the nation. But more important than its size, the design of this new OR incorporates the best aspects and ideas to be found in existing older and smaller rooms. The signature aspect of this room is the floor mounted robotic C-arm, which provides real time imaging of the patient. Having this leading edge technology, a large area and efficient layout in one room allows for physicians from different specialties to work side-by-side and results in the highest quality outcomes for patients.
The design of the room was driven by the vision and experience of the physicians and nurses who provide care in the hybrid OR every day. With this new space, these medical professionals have helped create a room that allows them to provide the highest degree of flexibility for standard vascular and cardiac procedures, as well as those that require sophisticated technology for both minimally invasive and open procedures.
The East Carolina Heart Institute brings together many different levels of specialties under one roof. These skilled professionals work together toward the common goal of improving cardiovascular health in eastern North Carolina. The concept of the hybrid OR truly supports that mission as cardiologists and surgeons work together using this leading-edge technology to deliver the best possible care.