UMC Heart Center’s operating room includes the latest imaging technology, cardiac electrophysiology mapping and ablation equipment, and all equipment needed for open heart surgery. This allows two physicians — a cardiac electrophysiologist and a cardiothoracic surgeon — to perform surgeries together when appropriate, enhancing patients’ safety during these procedures.
The hybrid operating room also is used for surgical ablations, including minimally invasive mapping and ablation procedures, which are performed when radio frequency catheter ablation alone is ineffective in patients with arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia.
Surgical ablations are often performed as an invasive open-heart procedure, but UMC's hybrid operating room allows us to use a minimally invasive approach. Through small incisions and fiber optic visualization ports, we can perform ablations manually or with the da Vinci robotic system. This approach has a high success rate (usually higher than 95 percent), but most importantly, reduces discomfort, complications and length of hospitalization.