OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

Hybrid Operating Suite

The Hybrid Operating (OR) Suite (one of a few in the country featuring the GE Discovery IGS 730 image guided system), is a powerful imaging system that helps doctors use minimally invasive techniques to correct heart and vascular problems. The room provides a single suite where doctors can perform both traditional open surgeries and minimally invasive procedures. This results in shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries, better outcomes, and an elite standard of care for your health and for the wellness of our community.

By utilizing the high resolution imaging technology offered in the Hybrid Operating Suite, our highly skilled medical teams provide the safest and most effective heart and vascular treatment available today.

What is a Hybrid Operating Suite?

The Hybrid OR Suite is unlike anything physicians, surgeons and patients have experienced. The Suite contains standard operating room equipment in addition to advanced imaging. It’s equipped with advanced medical imaging devices – CT scanner, fluoroscopy, advanced monitoring and ultrasound – providing clear and accurate visualization of small vessels, stents, catheters and guide wires during complex procedures. This specialized imaging equipment enables minimally invasive surgery, which is less traumatic for the patient.

During minimally invasive procedures, the surgeon does not need to perform a completely open surgery, but instead inserts catheters or endoscopes through much smaller incisions (if an incision is needed at all) to reach the targeted area. The benefits of this high tech operating room? Shorter operating times, shorter lengths of stay, fewer complications, decreased pain, lower infection rates, and improved survival rates.

Increasing Efficiency & Safety

The Hybrid OR Suite allows for multidisciplinary teams to have access to a patient in the operating room at the same time. These teams are composed of interventional cardiologists and thoracic and cardiac surgeons. By combining endovascular and open surgery into one scheduled operation, the Suite prevents the patient from having to undergo different procedures on different days.

The world of cardiology and surgery is moving toward minimally invasive procedures. A patient who requires an advanced complex interventional procedure with appropriate surgical backup will now have access to both in the Hybrid OR. A cardiologist and a surgeon can form a multidisciplinary team, working on a patient simultaneously, each with their own areas of expertise. The Hybrid Suite can be transformed into an operating room in a matter of minutes. The OR also creates a safer environment for patients initially scheduled for minimally invasive procedures that ultimately require surgery in the event of complications.

Benefiting from the Discovery IGS 730

The Discovery IGS 730 allows for increased surgical flexibility. It features highly mobile laser-guided motion technology that provides for revolutionary advanced imaging and allows for precise motion and positioning of the system in the OR. Rather than resting in a fixed position, the imaging device moves on a mobile gantry along predefined pathways guided by a laser, permitting surgeons and interventionists unobstructed patient access. Advanced workstation and software enables overlay of 3D imaging on live fluoroscopic imaging to assist surgeons in achieving accurate guidance of catheters and device placement.

Raising the Bar for Health and Healing

The Hybrid Suite allows OSF Saint Francis Medical Center to continue to set an elite standard of care for patients, enabling advanced treatment options and procedures ranging from open surgery to complex procedures, including both open surgical and endovascular components. Physicians are performing innovative procedures like replacing heart valves using only a catheter, called TAVR or transcatheter aortic valve replacement for aortic stenosis in the new Hybrid OR. Thousands of TAVR procedures are performed each year in the United states. In the absence of an aortic valve replacement, 50% of patients would not survive more than two years following the onset of symptoms.

The Hybrid Suite can also be used to perform abdominal (EVAR) and thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) for patients with an abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysm. Before the Hybrid OR, patients would spend weeks in the hospital followed by months of recovery for an open repair of a thoracic aneurysm. Now we are able to perform a minimally invasive procedure by inserting a stent graft through a small incision in the groin, and patients are in the hospital for several days with a week or two recovery time. This has made a dramatic difference in the outcome of our patients.