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Hybrid Room

Dr Stephens Taylor

McLaren Bay Region is the region's leader in open heart and now, new equipment -- called a Hybrid Operating Room -- opens the door to the future for less-invasive, less-traumatic procedures for increasingly complex vascular treatment that you may need. McLaren Bay Region is the only hospital in the Great Lakes Bay Region to offer this new equipment. 

The Hybrid Operating Room (OR) combines high- resolution ultrasound and X-ray imaging capabilities which can perform catheter-based procedures that are minimally invasive, or traditional"open" surgical procedures with traditional incisions, or do a combination of both, taking advantage of the possibilities for addressing increasingly complicated problems with lower risk to you. The Hybrid OR allows for you to have combined procedures, shorter hospital stays, higher patient satisfaction, better outcomes, and more efficient, cost-effective care.

Vascular surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists, neurosurgeons, and neurointerventionalists can take advantage of the new technology.

According to Stephens Taylor, MD, Vascular Surgeon with McLaren Bay Heart & Vascular, the Hybrid OR technology allows a degree of certainty of which vessel needs treatment that previously was available to only a handful of health systems across the country.

Axel Thors, DO, the newest Vascular Surgeon to join McLaren Bay Region, says,"I was very excited to join the McLaren system after my recent fellowship. The hospital's investment in the technology of this new OR was clear evidence to me of their dedication to the patients of the region and to the services I can support."

"With 14 percent of adults in the area having some degree of heart and vascular disease, the need for this type of imaging capability to support the ever-more complex procedures available to manage these patients is a clear example of McLaren Bay Region's dedication to its mission of caring for the people of the Great Lakes Bay Region," says Dr. Thors."The Hybrid Room really takes McLaren to the next level."

"The Hybrid Room offers significant advantages to patients, with one of the primary benefits being reduced risk," says Willa Rousseau, Director of Patient Care Services of Cardiology. "The combined setting, which offers exceptional imaging capabilities during surgical procedures, reduces delays and infection risk associated with having to move patients to different areas of the hospital."

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Linda Szafranski, Director of Patient Care Services of Surgery, indicates that multiple images of the patient are displayed on a 56-inch monitor along with other important information including blood pressure rate, heart rate, and oxygen level. Better imaging means that more procedures can be done on a less-invasive basis with less requirement for general anesthesia for most patients.

On average, a Hybrid OR costs approximately $3.5 million and requires roughly 1,200 square feet of space -- nearly double the size of a traditional operating room. The additional space is required for capability for more doctors and more equipment that may be needed. If doctors discover during surgery that a traditional open procedure is better for you, the Hybrid Room allows easy conversion instead of requiring a second, later surgery.

The staff of the Hybrid OR is specially trained to get the most out of the technology. The two vascular surgeons are trained specifically in how to use it, as are the radiologists and nurses.

The members of the team, with background experiences in the cath lab, OR, and radiology technology, bring different skill sets, and have learned new skills."They've really developed good working relationships based on respect and sharing knowledge, and they have a newfound respect for what each other does," says Szafranski.

You will find McLaren Bay Region's 1,200-square-foot Hybrid Operating Room located on the second floor of the hospital's South Tower.