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UCSD’s Sulpizio Center’s hybrid operating room sees first patient

City News Service

A heart attack patient who got a bypass and a stent in a single operation became the first patient to undergo surgery in one of the “hybrid’’ operating rooms at UC San Diego’s Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, hospital officials said Thursday.[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehh_R-uaw00&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Hybrid operating rooms enable multiple procedures to be done in a single operating session. Glen Bernard, 62, had a bypass operation and a stent inserted to clear coronary blockages in September, according to the hospital.

In the past, the procedure would have required separate surgeries.

Our new set-up allows the physicians from two different disciplines to merge their expertise in one room for the benefit of the patient,’' said Dr. Michael Madani, co-director of the center.Here, two teams — the surgeon’s team and the cardiologist’s team — work as one to achieve optimal results

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while improving patient care and efficiency.’'

The result is less time in the operating room and lower costs, according to hospital officials.

Barnard said he was walking a day after his surgery and in physical therapy the next day. Since the surgery, he and his wife took a vacation to Las Vegas, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The four-story cardiovascular center next to Thornton Hospital opened in August, following a four-month delay caused by an investigation by the state Department of Public Health into issues at emergency rooms at two UCSD hospitals. The construction was funded in part by a $10 million donation from the family of former Qualcomm executive Richard Sulpizio.

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