St. Joseph Hospital opens the nation's first true Hybrid Operating Room

In the spring of 2010, St. Joseph Hospital opened the nation's first true Hybrid Operating Room for the treatment of heart and vascular disorders in adult and pediatric patients. The new Hybrid Operating Room features Artis Zeego, the first multi-axis imaging system that uses robotic technology and 3-D imaging software to reconstruct high-resolution images of the heart and vascular system.

When current and future catheter-based technology is combined with the advanced technology offered by the Zeego imaging system, patients who were previously non-surgical candidates - primarily those over the age of 80, as well as those who have had multiple heart and vascular surgeries - will be able to have a heart valve replaced and/or repaired.

St. Joseph Hospital's Hybrid Operating Room is a fully equipped surgical suite designed to handle the most complex adult and pediatric open heart surgeries, as well as minimally invasive procedures. What sets the Hybrid Operating Room apart from traditional operating rooms is Zeego, a multi-axis, robotic, high-resolution, 3-D imaging system that utilizes DynaCT software to reconstruct dynamic images of a patient's heart and vascular system in real time. Zeego's virtually limitless freedom of movement and sharp 3-D images offer pinpoint accuracy of fine details.

This precise imaging allows surgeons to open blocked arteries through catheter-based procedures, rather than open procedures. However, because the Hybrid Operating Room is a fully equipped surgical suite, surgeons can immediately convert from minimally invasive to open bypass surgery if needed, without relocating the patient or referring the case to a new surgical team.

Utilizing the Hybrid Operating Room's advanced technology, heart and vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists and interventional cardiologists work together as highly efficient medical teams. This provides the maximum level of comfort and safety for patients since treatment is performed in the same operating room, at the same time, by members of the same medical team.

For the St. Joseph Hospital Heart and Vascular Center, the Hybrid Operating Room will result in:

  • More minimally invasive procedures
  • Fewer surgical complications
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery times
  • Improved patient outcomes
  • Continued involvement in leading-edge clinical trials
  • Capability to treat patients with complex medical conditions - including those who would have required open-heart surgery, and those previously considered too high-risk for surgery.

Patients requiring the following therapies have access to the latest technology offered in the Hybrid Operating Room:

  • Minimally invasive heart and vascular procedures
  • Catheter-based heart valve replacement and repair
  • Catheter-based congenital heart defect repair
  • Catheter-based vascular procedures
  • Combined open and endovascular procedures
  • Treatment of cardiac arrhythmias
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs
  • Peripheral angioplasties

By utilizing the high resolution, 3-D imaging technology offered in the Hybrid Operating Room, St. Joseph Hospital's highly skilled medical teams provide the safest and most effective heart and vascular treatment available today for adult and pediatric patients.