Apr 26, 2013 11:05 AM by Ryan Haarer
TUCSON - TMC already has one functional hybrid operating room and it's in constant use. The two new ones will likely see the same demand.
Peripheral Arterial Disease basically blocked blood flow in 89- year-old Betty Keeley's left leg.
"The leg felt like it was nothing but cement all the way down to the bottom of the foot. The bottom of the foot felt like sharp needles and knives," said Keeley.
Other medical complications would make a traditional invasive surgery, incisions and all, very difficult, and a minimally invasive surgery would not be effective.
"What's in-between is called hybrid. So that means we make a small incision that allows us to still do this minimally invasive," said her surgeon Dr. Matthew Namanny.
That is where these hybrid rooms come in handy. They are set up for minimally invasive surgery and can transform into an open surgery in a matter of seconds if the need arises.
"This is going to expand the scope of what we can treat for vascular disease. More and more patients will be amenable to endovascular treatment," said Namanny.
The imaging capabilities are enhanced in these rooms allowing surgeons to more easily navigate the complex and narrow passageways in the vascular system. Giving more patients the treatment they need.
"I can get up and get around better. Go back out and eat and do things that I used to do!"
Betty said she hasn't had pain in her left leg since. It was such a success that she is going back for her right leg to be treated by Dr. Namanny next month.