Hybrid Cardiac Operating Suite

The Hybrid Cardiac Operating Suite, located at the nationally ranked Sentara Heart Hospital, is a region’s first operating room to combine the best medical expertise of Sentara Heart cardiothoracic surgeons, electrophysiologists and interventional cardiologists with the most advanced heart technology available.

This unique operating suite expands the ability to provide less invasive heart surgery for more people with severe heart disease and/or other medical complications. It also gives Sentara Heart the ability to offer new procedures for treating atrial fibrillation currently not possible in a normal operating room or electrophysiology lab.

With a 56-inch HD screen in the operating suite and control room, all members of the surgery team can readily assess the patient and the progress of the treatment. Images and data from 21 different inputs – including angiograms, ultrasound, 3D electrical mapping, CT and MRI high resolution images of the heart – can all be simultaneously displayed on the monitors.

The Hybrid Cardiac Operating Suite is setting a trend around the country for this unique type of care for cardiac patients, such as offering innovative procedures like replacing heart valves using only a catheter, called TAVR or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement.

In addition, atrial fibrillation is one of the most common cardiac problems to be treated in this new operating suite.