The region's first hybrid operating room, one that adds imaging and robotics to traditional surgery, will reduce recovery time and the risk of postoperative complications when it opens this week at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, officials said.
Not only will common heart surgeries, such as insertions of stents, be performed more effectively in the hybrid room, officials said, but the state-of-the-art technology will better allow doctors to deal with complications that can arise out of complex heart surgeries such as endovascular aneurysm repairs.
The hybrid, plus eight new traditional operating rooms, were shown to the media Wednesday. The traditional operating rooms will be in use within the next few weeks.
The hybrid room cost about $3.2 million compared to a traditional operating room's $1 million, according to UK HealthCare.
Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs, said the operating rooms mark another milestone in the creation of "world-class facilities with cutting-edge technology."
In the hybrid, industrial robotic technology matched with an imaging system allows a robotic arm to move to almost any location on a patient so the surgeon can see internal organs from various angles and in more detail.
Overall, the $800 million construction and expansion at UK Chandler Hospital is expected to be completed in six to 10 years and is designed to support patient care for the next 100 years.
Once completed, the 1.2 million-square-foot facility, when combined with Kentucky Children's Hospital, will have 650 private rooms, replacing the existing UK Chandler Hospital. A parking garage, adult and pediatric emergency departments, and two floors for patient care already are operational.