At Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell, our hybrid operating room allows our highly trained surgeons to provide both minimally invasive and open surgical procedures in one setting by merging radiology (imaging) and surgical technologies into one room.
As one of the first hybrid operating rooms in the country with integrated image guidance, this state-of-the-art technology allows surgeons from our Heart & Vascular Institute and Capital Institute for Neurosciences to visualize the highly complex network of veins and arteries in the human body while they perform their advanced procedures.
Traditional operating rooms are usually only set up for surgeons to provide either a minimally invasive procedure or open procedure, not both. There is also little or no room for radiology equipment to visualize the surgical area. These rooms require the imaging and the surgery to be performed in separate rooms at separate times with different teams and greater potential for safety complications. And when it comes to treating vascular conditions that block the blood from circulating throughout the body, time is extremely important.
In the hybrid operating room, a well-coordinated, multidisciplinary team can do everything in one room. Our expert surgeons use tiny instruments called endoscopes to view channels and surfaces inside the body, insert catheters using the same entrance as the endoscope to perform minimally invasive procedures or use robotic and laparoscopic devices to perform extremely precise surgeries through very small incisions. At the same time in the same room, our highly trained radiologists control a very advanced guidance system enabling our surgeons to immediately use images similar to a GPS of the brain if open surgery becomes a necessity following an assessment of endovascular options.