The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) calls the Hybrid Operating Room “the operating room of the future” – and the future is now here at the Olga and Lev Leviev Heart Center.
Dr. Ehud Ra''anani, Head of the Cardiac Surgery Center believes, "This is a real breakthrough, the most significant in the field of cardiac surgery in the past 20 years. Now, our patients can be done with the different surgical procedures on the heart and blood vessels including cardiac catheterization for diagnosis and treatment, as well as open heart surgery - in one step. "
Operation room "Hybrid", which recently opened at the cardiac center of Chaim Sheba Hospital, provides a completely new option for treating patients with the most complex diseases of the cardiovascular system. The "Hybrid" operation room allows surgeons, vascular surgeons, specialists in the field of Cardiac catheterization and radiologists to work side-by-side.
This hybrid OR technology is the only one of its kind in Israel and only one of a few found in the world today. Over one million dollars were invested in its creation, and this new technology has proven to be a valuable asset in our treatment arsenal. The new hybrid module provides a level of confidence not found in similar conditions and standard ORs. This results in a higher quality of care, as during elective procedures and in emergency situations.
Cardiac catheterization and endovascular heart surgery, in recent years was a highly advanced, rapid development. Today, with a catheter, in addition to coronary angiography and coronary angioplasty, an artificial heart valve can be installed, to remove an aneurysm of the aorta in the thoracic and abdominal parts of it, and other procedures that previously required the expanded operations – can now be performed.
Thanks to modern high-tech equipment – including the most advanced radiology system created by Philips, a hemodynamic monitoring system manufactured by Medcon, as well as the renowned video system of Karl-Storz – our Hybrid OR allows the expert surgical teams to take treatment to a higher level, one never seen before in the field of cardiology.
Such equipment allows the use of advanced diagnostic techniques, including various types of CT angiography of coronary vessels and the brain, in combination with endovascular operations, micro invasive procedures, and open surgery.
The video system installed in our hybrid operating room is the most advanced in the world, allowing our team to get information from 32 independent sources. These include anesthesia monitoring in real time, monitoring surgery progression from the esophagus, ultrasound of the heart, camera fixed to the head surgeon, high-resolution camera – which is above the operating table – X-ray installation from Phillips, hemodynamic systems, endoscopes, cameras, system PACS, hospital-acquired computer system with all applications and camcorders, and videoustanovki operating mode High Definition (high resolution).
Such a video system allows for live coverage of the operating room, passing information using four optical fibers that can conduct operations “on air” during conferences, as well as consultation via the Internet with medical experts anywhere in the world.
Dr. Ehud Ra''anani, Head of the Cardiac Surgery Center said, "The area of operations on the heart began to grow rapidly in the 60s, 70s and 80s, and has since received remarkable results, both in the field of cardiac catheterization, and in other areas. Currently, we have witnessed the most significant breakthrough in the field of cardiac surgery, achieved through the establishment of operating room Hybrid. For years, we have dreamed of the possibilities provided by such an operating environment and had hoped that someday it would appear in our hospital. Fortunately, a strategic management decision of the medical center, and the recriutment of three sponsors, people who have a promising way of thinking – Udi Angel, Ward and Boaz Dotan, and Flour Schneiderman – allowed us to realize our dream. Now we will concentrate our efforts on preparing a new generation of doctors who can work in the hybrid operating room, utilizing all the benefits it provides. It requires the highest training and ensures our patients receive the highest level of treatment based on minimally invasive techniques. This triumphant combination of cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery allows patients to take advantage of both areas of cardiology. "