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Winter 2008: Heart

New ORs Open Doors to Innovative Procedures

Perhaps the most tangible evidence of the new alliance between interventional cardiology and surgery is the configuration of procedure rooms at the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which will open in Spring 2008.

The Cardiac Interventional Suite will house six procedure rooms. Two will be hybrid rooms that allow cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and vascular surgeons to perform multiple interventional and surgical procedures in one location. In addition to flexibility that helps manage patient flow, hybrid operating rooms are ideal for complex cases where both interventional and surgical procedures are performed. For example, a cardiologist might use an interventional procedure to place a stent to open a blocked carotid artery, and then the surgeon can immediately step in to surgically replace a damaged heart valve.

“Working in new ways with modern imaging and devices expands the safety of cardiovascular procedures, reducing hospital stays and improving the time required to recover from procedures. The ultimate goal of the hybrid room is to perform hybrid procedures bringing cardiologists and surgeons closer together into highly skilled teams working to treat the patient’s cardiac conditions,” predicts Richard J. Shemin, M.D., chief of cardiothoracic surgery.

In addition to advanced techniques and technology, Dr. Shemin says that expertise and depth of experience of the cardiovascular team enhances quality and ensures accurate diagnosis and performance of safe and appropriate procedures.

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