The Heart Institute of Florida at North Shore Medical Center FMC Campus Continues its Tradition of Excellence with Opening of New Valve Clinic and Hybrid Operating Suite.
The Heart Institute of Florida at North Shore Medical Center FMC Campus recently opened an expansion of its cardiac services with its new Valve Clinic and Hybrid Operating Suite. The 1,416 square feet hybrid operating suite allows for cardiovascular surgeons and cardiologists to work together to perform open and/or catheter-based procedures in the same operating room. This room compliments the new Valve Clinic, which is a destination for the treatment of advanced heart valve disease.
Heart disease is one our nation’s most common health problems – the leading cause of death for Americans age 35 and older; therefore, introducing advancements in the medical technology used to diagnose and treat this condition is more critical than ever before at FMC Campus, one of the area’s leading heart hospitals.
The Valve Clinic will evaluate and treat complex heart valve disorders with a multidisciplinary approach, as interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons work together to determine the best course of treatment for each patient, whether it is traditional surgery or less invasive techniques.
Compared to traditional diagnostic testing that involves multiple visits and tests spanning days, the Valve Clinic is designed to coordinate all patient appointments in one day. This expedited process will allow patients to get their health questions answered faster, and also
allows physicians to more efficiently and accurately prescribe and deliver the most appropriate treatment plan for patients.
Some of the Clinic’s cardiac procedures will be performed in FMC Campus’s advanced cardiac Hybrid Operating Suite. The state-of-the-art operating room/catheterization lab houses all the equipment and monitoring devices necessary to perform a range of heart procedures, from minimally invasive catheterization to open-heart surgeries.
Specifically, FMC Campus will use the Allura Xper FD20 X-ray system from Philips. This fully digital system enables physicians to capture and view detailed 3D images of a patient’s cardiac vasculature, thereby facilitating faster and more accurate diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease. Also important, the Allura system exposes patients to less radiation during the actual procedures than many other available systems. This digital imaging equipment is combined with ceiling mounted equipment from Skytron which includes LED Surgical Lights, medical gas and data ports, and audio/video integration for the HD surgical monitors.