Hybrid Operating Room Brings New Level of Technology to Susquehanna Health

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Dr. Eric Adams, vascular surgeon from Susquehanna Health’s Heart & Vascular Institute, utilized the new, state-of-the-art hybrid operating room (OR) for the first time Tuesday, June 26. The new hybrid OR, located in Susquehanna Tower at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, is an operating room which has permanently integrated diagnostic imaging equipment. This allows physicians to treat more complex aneurysms and other vascular cases. Traditional open and minimally invasive procedures can be done in the same room, reducing patient transport, shortening the length of procedures and providing better outcomes.

Susquehanna Health Heart & Vascular surgeons in hybrid operating room

Susquehanna Health Vascular Surgeons Dr. Eric Adams, Dr. Karla Anderson and Dr. Sai Sajja (front, left to right) are pictured with their surgical team in front of the Artis zeego in a new hybrid OR.

We are excited to have this advanced capability available for our patients; having the highest quality imaging available in an OR setting allows us to apply the right technique at the right time without any slow-down in the procedure.

Dr. Eric Adams, vascular surgeon from Susquehanna Health’s Heart & Vascular Institute, utilized the new, state-of-the-art hybrid operating room (OR) for the first time Tuesday, June 26.

The new hybrid OR, located in Susquehanna Tower at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, is an operating room which has permanently integrated diagnostic imaging equipment. This allows physicians to treat more complex aneurysms and other vascular cases. Traditional open and minimally invasive procedures can be done in the same room, reducing patient transport, shortening the length of procedures and providing better outcomes.

Dr. Adams performed an iliac stent surgery, a vascular surgery technique done to the iliac artery (the two major arteries coming from the aorta that carry blood to the groin and legs). An iliac stent is inserted into a blocked artery in order to widen and open the vessel and maintain blood flow to the groin and legs.

Susquehanna Health’s hybrid OR has an “Artis zeego,” a multi-axis system which has a robotic arm that can move to almost any location on the patient. With Artis zeego, physicians can see internal organs from various angles in precise detail. According to Dr. Adams, “The hybrid OR with the Artis zeego is a quantum leap in imaging, allowing the surgeon to perform complex procedures with significantly less radiation for the patient.”

“We are excited to have this advanced capability available for our patients; having the highest quality imaging available in an OR setting allows us to apply the right technique at the right time without any slow-down in the procedure,” said Dr. Adams. “I believe patients, surgeons and the whole operative team will be very impressed with this system.”

Susquehanna Health has four board-certified vascular surgeons who offer a complete range of advanced clinical services for heart and vascular care. In 2011, the Heart & Vascular Institute was recognized by Thomson Reuters as being one of the 50 Top Heart Hospitals in the nation.

For more information on Susquehanna Health’s Heart & Vascular Institute, visit SusquehannaHealth.org/Heart.

About Susquehanna Health
Susquehanna Health is a three-hospital integrated health system including Divine Providence Hospital, Muncy Valley Hospital and Williamsport Regional Medical Center located in northcentral Pennsylvania. Serving patients from an 11-county region, Susquehanna Health is a healthcare leader and has been recognized at the national and state levels for quality of care. Susquehanna Health offers a wide array of services that include cancer care, heart and vascular care/heart surgery, neurosciences including neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, OB/GYN, gastrointestinal services, behavioral health, physical rehabilitation, home care, long term care, assisted living and paramedic/ambulance services.

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