The hybrid OR is the operating room, which is equipped with modern medical imaging, such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Angiography Systems equipped. In the treatment of heart disease this corresponds to a cardiac surgery operating room with integrated cath lab. Surgeons, radiologists and cardiologists work hand in hand and be able to diagnose and treat at the same time if it’s necessary.
Minimally Invasive implementation of artificial heart valves.
A few clinics in already have these ultra-modern operating rooms, which offer a variety of gentle treatment options. Here, for example, artificial heart valves can be used with the aid of a catheter in a minimally invasive. The artificial heart valve is folded and attached to a catheter that is inserted through a small incision in groin or chest through an artery to the heart. An open heart surgery is no longer necessary. The advantage for the patient: they recover much more quickly from surgery and the hospital stay is shortened.
Especially older or severely ill patients for whom conventional surgery due to the high physical activity would not have been possible to benefit from this gentle treatment method.
The hybrid operating room offers yet another advantage: Thanks to the existing in the operating room medical imaging the function of the new heart valve can be already checked during surgery. The treatment is therefore safer for patients.
Hybrid ablation for atrial fibrillation.
Also during atrial fibrillation, the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia, the hybrid operating room provides new therapeutic options. Until now, the atrial fibrillation could be treated either by surgery or by means of the catheter. However, both methods have limitations that can be overcome with the help of interdisciplinary cooperation in the hybrid OR.
Cardiac surgeons insert the hearts targeted small sores (lesions) on that later scar and thereby disrupt the electrical impulses in the heart misdirected. Since you can not penetrate into the innermost regions of the heart muscle with this surgical method can not therefore prohibit all uncontrolled impulses. Although the cardiac catheterization again achieved very easily the inside of the heart, but not the outer portions of the atrial wall.
In hybrid operating room, together make in the cardiac surgeons and Rhythmology engagement, both methods cannot be combined and complement each other. By also existing medical imaging of the success of the treatment can be monitored continuously during surgery and corrected if necessary. This so-called hybrid ablation thus helping not have struck even patients in whom a very long atrial fibrillation is and conventional therapies. The minimally invasive procedure is not only gentle but also effective for patients.