Cardiothoracic surgeons can transition from from minimally invasive to open procedures without moving patients. Vascular surgeons use the room for aoertic aneurysms and other complex procedures with the benefit of in-room advanced imaging.

Hybrid OR opens at Sentara RMH Medical Center

Surgery and advanced imaging combined in one room

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In mid-January 2017, Sentara RMH Medical Center opened a new state-of-the-art operating room with a difference — the room combines the capabilities of a traditional operating room with the advanced imaging features of a cardiac catheterization lab. Advanced imaging modalities like CT, MRI scans and echocardiograms can be integrated into the hybrid OR imaging, which is why the room is known as a hybrid OR.

The hybrid OR is used primarily by cardiothoracic surgeons and vascular surgeons. It allows cardiothoracic surgeons to transition seamlessly from a minimally invasive heart surgery to an open surgery without having to move the patient to another operating room. Vascular surgeons use the hybrid OR to treat aortic aneurysm and other complex endovascular (inside the blood vessel) procedures.

“This room allows us to better serve our community by offering advanced cardiothoracic and vascular procedures, using leading-edge technology and an interdisciplinary approach,” said Shawn Craddock, director, Sentara RMH Surgical Services.

“Without a doubt the technology is cutting-edge, yet the greatest benefit to patients and family is the combined knowledge and experience of the various interdisciplinary teams who, using the hybrid OR, care for the patient at the same time,” added Stan Holland, director, Sentara RMH Heart and Vascular Center.

Constructed in late 2016, the hybrid OR was built on the roof of a one-story extension of the hospital. Total cost was $4.5 million. Sentara Healthcare provided $4 million of the cost, and the RMH Foundation contributed $500,000 out of donations from the local community.