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Published on October 12, 2016

UHS brings hybrid heart procedures to Greater Binghamton

State-of-the-art interventional cardiology rooms at UHS are giving patients and physicians more choices than ever before in the type of heart procedures that can be performed simultaneously in one operating room. UHS has opened two new rooms: an electrophysiology laboratory and a catheterization laboratory specially equipped to perform hybrid procedures.

Hybrid cardiac surgery combines a conventional surgical procedure with an interventional procedure, using a catheter-based action guided by fluoroscopy, MRI or other form of imaging, without interruption. This means a patient can have either traditional open heart surgery or a minimally invasive procedure, or both, in the same operating room at the same time. Procedures can include a wide range of therapeutic interventions, from the implantation of stents to the insertion of pacemakers and internal defibrillators to traditional bypass surgery.

The new, two-room facility at UHS Wilson Medical Center represents a $4 million investment in advancing heart care options in the Southern Tier.

"In addition to this exceptional new technology, UHS is fortunate to have the region's only structural heart fellowship-trained cardiologist to perform these procedures," said Kim Pilarchik, director of Cardiovascular Services at UHS Hospitals.

The hybrid room has expanded video switching capability, so that all necessary images can be projected on multiple monitors around the room. It includes a ceiling-mounted C-arm, operating room specialty lighting, a state-of-the-art anesthesia boom and medical gas hook-ups. Diagnostic caths, angioplasties, structural heart procedures and minimally invasive procedures all can be performed in the room.

The new EP lab is larger than more conventional labs, providing plenty of room for all clinical team members needed to conduct advanced EP procedures. And the imaging technology used in the two rooms offers exceptionally clear pictures, Ms. Pilarchik noted.

"The newest radiographic imaging technology UHS has purchased drastically reduces the amount of radiation exposure to the patient while providing a uniquely crisp image," she said.