Baylor Scott & White & Health unveils high tech operation room

Posted at 4:32 PM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2018-07-24 21:31:01-04

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple recently opened a leading-edge biplane operation room, that has state-of-the-art treatment of neurological and cardiac conditions.

The bi-plane room includes a precision 3-D imaging biplane equipment.

"The investment in this room means that we have the latest generation of equipment that gives us the most capability," Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery in the department of Neurosurgery Dr. Ethan Benardete said.

This allows doctors to be able to do two procedures at once at the same locations. For example, Benardete said after doing open surgery, doctors can do angiograms, which are X-ray tests that can look at arteries near the heart, lungs and brain.

"We can do a high quality cerebral angiogram with the equipment in the same room to confirm that we completely treated the aneurism for example," Benardete said.

Baylor Scott & White Patient Rosemary Amos is one of the 80 patients who has been in the bi-plane room since it opened in July.

She said she had surgery to treat a brain aneurism and later an angiogram.

"The benefit that I received from this is a blessing, especially because of the extremity of the condition I was in," Amos said.

Dr. Benardete said the state-of-the art equipment gives better outcomes for patients.

"Aneurisms, stroke, malformations in the brain, are challenging to deal medically and the most tools we have to treat these things, the better for patients," Benardete said.

Benardete said procedures done in the bi-plane room can be life-saving so getting someone to the hospital who just had a stroke is vital.

"If we can get to them in time, and usually that's about a 6-hour window and unblock a large blood vessel in the brain, patients can often go on to recover and have a functional life. It's really important that people know we have this capability," Benardete said.

The OR also allows doctors to do minimally invasive endo-vascular surgeries. 

This is the first operation room of its kind at Baylor Scott & White Health.

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