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Hybrid OR at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis

Latest in cardiac care technology in south-central Kansas

The hybrid operating room at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis brings the latest in cardiac care technology to south-central Kansas.

A hybrid operating room is an operating room that combines the technology of a catheterization lab with an operating room facility, as well as bringing high-quality X-ray and other imaging techniques into the sterile environment of the OR. This allows less-invasive procedures to be performed on patients whose health conditions prevent them from undergoing open surgery.

The hybrid operating room at Via Christi is one of approximately 125 in the United States.

One of the procedures done in the hybrid OR is the transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR. Appropriate candidates for this procedure are identified by the multidisciplinary team at the Via Christi Heart Valve Clinic.

The operating room includes cath lab equipment, anesthesia, special lighting, a video and monitoring system, and a CT scan that provides a 3D image of the heart and its vessels. It allows fixed imaging in the sterile environment of the operating room.