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Hybrid Operating Rooms

Innovation in Surgery

State-of-the-art operating rooms reflect the various medical developments in modern medical equipment, imaging devices, or even sterilization and hygiene, while taking into account the surgeon’s primary role. This shows how hospitals are investing in digital devices and technologies as well as advanced medical imaging.

Medical imaging companies have been able to combine high-quality surgical imaging technology with utmost flexibility in various surgical fields, from orthopedics and spine surgery to vascular, cardiac and surgical imaging solutions, offering the latest technologies that improve healthcare efficiency.

A hybrid operating room is equipped with all the medical instruments, equipment and devices required for diagnostic imaging and scanning, allowing the surgeon to perform minimally invasive surgeries, with the possibility of rapidly converting to traditional surgeries. 

It is an integrated operating room with advanced imaging equipment designed for complex surgeries in the heart, blood vessels, brain and bones, allowing the surgeon and interventional radiologist to perform minimally invasive procedures from one location in a single session.

Specialized companies have been able to help by achieving their goals in establishing hybrid operating rooms to provide medical and surgical services in addition to comprehensive solutions that exceed patients’ expectations. This multidisciplinary hybrid system within the operating room offers a unique model in organizing workflow within a single environment.

The hybrid operating room has become a safe haven for patients, as it combines the ordinary room and the advanced digital medical imaging system. It reflects medical advances and pioneering technology, as it is possible to perform surgery with the least complications unlike surgeries performed in the traditional operating rooms. This would save time and costs and the patient can be discharged from hospital faster. Hybrid ORs allow for the ability to attempt a minimally invasive surgery procedure that was once considered unsafe due to the potential of the procedure rapidly converting to an open procedure that requires an equipped environment, specific equipment and personnel.

In hybrid ORs, the surgeon remains the maestro who is able to professionally use modern technology while dealing with any emergency that may occur, so it can be treated immediately. Today, hybrid ORs have become the modern trend for minimally invasive surgeries due to the integration of modern imaging technology and traditional surgical technology to improve and develop treatment methods, which had a positive impact on the patient’s general condition.

Hybrid ORs offer the capability to perform combined image-guided procedures with minimally invasive procedures. These state-of-the-art spaces also allow for the combination of image-guided surgery with open procedures. Finally, if the need arises to convert a minimally invasive surgery to an open procedure, these spaces allow for a smooth transition to an open procedure by providing all the necessary capability and personnel in one space. 

Hybrid ORs help improve patient outcomes, speed patient recovery time and reduce length of patient stays, decreasing cost for the healthcare organization. Diagnostic imaging systems such as MRI and catheters are integrated into the hybrid operating rooms to assist surgeons when performing specialized neurological and cardiac procedures. 

Today, the operating room is more efficient and less dangerous to patients’ lives, thanks to new digital devices and technologies that help avoid surgeries that result in large wounds and significant blood loss. 

Hybrid ORs have witnessed remarkable developments in recent years thanks to the hospitals’ tendency to promote the concept of day surgeries in addition to performing minimally invasive surgeries that result in less stress and are less costly; this will automatically lead to higher comfort and quicker recovery in patients. Therefore, investing in this type of operating room will have several advantages for both the patient and the hospital.

Hybrid operating rooms are flexible and can adapt to the patient’s needs during the surgical intervention while using the latest medical imaging technologies.

Hybrid ORs offer benefits for patients, surgeons and hospitals alike. For patients, they have the potential to speed diagnosis and therapy, have access to minimally invasive techniques that support the goal of faster recovery, shorter procedures, eventual elimination of corrective surgeries and reduction of anesthetics in addition to real-time availability of high-quality imaging that helps surgeons preserve as much healthy tissue as possible.

Hybrid ORs give surgeons the opportunity to have a clearer picture of the inside of the body to accurately reflect the medical condition, which contributes to improving the quality of care that the patient will receive with the least invasiveness possible.

On the other hand, hospitals benefit from the expansion of reputation-enhancing medical services, the potential to reduce the length of procedures, application of cost-effective multidisciplinary use of strategic resources, flexibility to focus on increasing the number of patient-preferred minimally-invasive procedures, in addition to shorter patient stay resulting in patient satisfaction and revenue generation.

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