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Heart Hospital of Austin at St. David’s Round Rock recently opened a Hybrid Operating Room (OR)—the first of its kind in Williamson County and the first hybrid OR to be built in a trauma center in Central Texas. The $2.6 million, state-of-the-art facility provides patients faster, more efficient cardiovascular treatment closer to home. A Hybrid OR is the integration of a surgical OR with an advanced X-ray imaging system. It enables cardiovascular surgeons, as well as interventionalists, to perform the most advanced minimally invasive procedures.

The opening of the hybrid OR has allowed surgeons at Heart Hospital of Austin at St. David’s Round Rock to perform complex cardiovascular surgeries in Round Rock, and it has allowed the facility to enroll in important medical research projects. The room is outfitted with advanced audiovisual equipment that allows streaming of live and recorded cases to classrooms and remote sites, further enhancing medical education opportunities at the facility.

Surgeons recently performed the first percutaneous endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) in the new hybrid OR, and they’ve also enrolled in a new research study, the LEOPARD study—which stands for Looking at EVAR Outcomes by Primary Analysis of Randomized Data. The study will compare and evaluate current stent graft devices for the repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms, or AAA. The facility is the first in the Greater Austin area to enroll patients and perform this procedure as part of this study.

Pictured above: The newly opened Hybrid OR at Heart Hospital of Austin at St. David’s Round Rock.

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