Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson has opened a hybrid operating room that combines the imaging equipment of a cardiac catheterization lab with the specialized features of an operating room designated for open-heart surgery.
Highly specialized imaging equipment allows surgeons and interventional cardiologists to perform complex minimally invasive heart and vascular procedures guided by precise, real-time pictures of the heart and circulatory system.
The hybrid operating room can also accommodate a change of clinical teams and approaches if a patient requires conversion from a minimally invasive procedure to traditional open-heart surgery.
“The enhanced imaging and surgical capabilities of the new hybrid operating room ensure complex cardiac patients receive optimal care in a single location,” says Dr. Matthew Jonovich of Henry Ford Allegiance Health. “Previously, if a patient needed conversion from a minimally invasive cardiac procedure to open-heart surgery, it required transportation to an operating room. Having a technologically equipped hybrid operating room eliminates the need for patient transfer, which can be lifesaving.”
The opening of the new facility is a step-in creating Henry Ford Allegiance Health’s structural heart program, which provides minimally invasive treatment for disease of the heart’s valves, muscles, and walls, including heart valve replacement and repair. It will also be valuable for complex, minimally invasive vascular procedures, accommodating repairs to aortic aneurysms and repairs and stenting of blocked carotid arteries.
Interventional cardiologists at the medical center studied with experts from Henry Ford’s Center for Structural Heart Disease for nearly two years to bring the new services to the medical center.