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New Hybrid Cardiovascular Operating Theatre Reduces Risk of Surgery

From left: Prof. Malcolm J. Underwood, head, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery; Prof. Simon Yu from the Department of Imaging and Interventional Radiology; Prof. Paul Lai, Dr. Randolph Wong and Dr. Lam Yuk-Hoi, all from the Department of Surgery
Robotic C-arm imaging device enables a 360-degree thorough examination of patients

In 2013, CUHK set up an innovative Hybrid Cardiovascular Operating Theatre at the Prince of Wales Hospital and formed a multidisciplinary specialists team to provide safer and more efficient one-stop consultation and surgery care for patients suffering from thoracic aortic pathologies. Since then, the team has analysed 70 cases and performed one-stop complex thoracic aortic endovascular stenting operations for 29 patients. Compared to the conventional approach, operation time is significantly reduced from a few days to several hours, with satisfactory recovery progress. 

The new hybrid operating theatre is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging facilities. Among these is a Robotic C-arm imaging device which is able to perform 360-degree thorough examination of patients while its laminar air flow system ensures strict compliance to infection control standard. Prof. Paul Lai, chairman of the Department of Surgery, explained, 'The new operating theatre allows doctors from different disciplines to perform all necessary procedures in a single location, which significantly reduces operation time and risk during the transfer of patients, including bleeding and infection. With sufficient resources, hundreds of patients will benefit from this innovative theatre and operating model.'

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