COON RAPIDS, Minn.
Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Health, has opened a multi-purpose operating room. The new OR suite makes the most complex heart procedures safer and easier to perform.
The new room blends the capabilities of a cardiovascular catheterization laboratory where minimally invasive heart procedures are performed with a traditional surgical suite where open heart surgeries are performed. The suite, which is large enough for a dozen clinicians to work seamlessly, also features robotic three-dimensional imaging.
"The hybrid operating room allows Mercy physicians to offer patients the latest and best technological options for treatment of complex vascular disease," said William McMillan, MD, vascular surgeon. "For instance, we are now able to treat patients with aortic aneurysms that extend above the level of the kidneys with minimally invasive branched stent grafts. Without the new hybrid operating room, these patients would have had to undergo traditional open surgery."
The new operating room will be used for procedures in which both surgical and minimally invasive techniques are used for repair of mitral and aortic valves and aortic and thoracic aortic aneurysms and coronary revascularization procedures.