Construction is underway to build a Hybrid Operating Room that will be almost three times the size of a standard operating room and include an embedded catheterization lab. The permanently integrated and highly sophisticated imaging tools can visualize very thin blood vessels with a remarkable degree of precision. The sterile, lead-lined surgical theater will allow cardiologists, vascular and cardiac surgeons to work collaboratively to perform minimally invasive procedures with greater precision, supplanting the need for high-risk, major open surgeries.
Construction began in late July on Bridgeport Hospital’s new hybrid operating room. Equipped with state-of-the-art integrated technology and highly sophisticated imaging devices embedded in the room, the hybrid OR will extend the capabilities of cardiologist, cardio-thoracic surgeons and vascular surgeons in working together on a variety of procedures including minimally invasive trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
The new OR was designed with input from several physicians and surgeons, including Chairman of Surgery Nabil Atweh, MD; Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery Umer Darr, MD; Chief of Vascular Surgery Paul Demartini, MD; vascular surgeon Lee Goldstein, MD; interventional cardiologist Edward Tuohy, MD and Chief of Cardiology Stuart Zarich, MD. The project is supported in part by philanthropic gifts from lead donor Elizabeth Pfriem, John Falconi, Albert Kleban, Emil Meshberg and others. Completion is expected in April 2017.
Bridgeport Hospital is dedicated to offering patients safer procedures and improved outcomes in the Hybrid Operating Room with less trauma, less scarring, faster rehabilitation and a more positive overall patient experience while staying close to home. Outcomes are better because of greater precision and shorter recovery periods.