Norwalk Hospital Opens New Hybrid Operating Room

Western Connecticut Health Network

NORWALK, Connecticut – May 8, 2017 – A hybrid operating room (OR) is a surgeon’s dream. That dream became a reality this month when Norwalk Hospital opened a new, 1,000 square foot hybrid OR bringing state-of-the-art surgical technology combined with the most cutting-edge imaging capabilities located all in one place. Norwalk Hospital’s hybrid OR located at the Phyllis and David Komansky Cardiac Vascular Center is designed to facilitate the most advanced vascular and endovascular procedures including minimally invasive procedures requiring enhanced imaging capabilities.

“Norwalk Hospital’s hybrid OR provides our board-certified vascular surgeons and their teams the ability to perform a wide variety of minimally invasive procedures, as well as highly complex interventional procedures, all in the same high-tech OR,” said Kathleen LaVorgna, MD, Chair of Surgery at Norwalk Hospital.

Advantages of a Hybrid OR
Norwalk Hospital’s hybrid OR is equipped with three dimensional imaging software that reconstructs high-resolution images, allowing vascular surgeons to perform intricate procedures with extreme precision in less time, using less radiation and less contrast material—all significant patient benefits.

“Venous disease is a more common affliction for Americans than is arterial disease,” said Paul Gagne, MD, Chief of Vascular Surgery at Norwalk Hospital. “Minimally invasive vascular surgery in a hybrid OR allows vascular surgeons to perform state-of-the-art procedures using the most advanced imaging technologies, resulting in improved patient satisfaction and improved outcomes.”

Norwalk Hospital’s hybrid OR will be used for a variety of minimally invasive procedures, including:
  • Complex venous procedures for treating acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and post thrombotic syndrome (PTS)
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic percutaneous vascular procedures 
  • Abdominal aneurysm stent grafts 
  • Combined open and endovascular procedures
  • Endovascular repairs of the aorta or the carotid artery
Norwalk Hospital’s vascular surgeons are the most experienced vein surgeons in the Tri-State area and New England. Since 2007, interventions they have helped to develop and popularize have safely changed the lives of hundreds of patients each year suffering from chronic venous insufficiency. These interventions are minimally invasive and not widely available in other areas of Connecticut or New England.

Additionally, clinical trials are available for:
  • Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (leg)
  • Chronic leg Vein blockage
  • Chronic leg Venous insufficiency
  • Leg Ulcers
  • Leg Swelling
  •  Leg Discoloration
  • Leg Heaviness

Norwalk Hospital’s vascular surgeons also provide a full continuum of vascular care for arterial disease, including aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). They pioneered the use of drug eluting stent technology for PAD in Connecticut. Working with the most challenging patient populations who suffer with vascular disease, they have consistently achieved high quality patient outcomes with minimal complications and shorter lengths of stay in the hospital.

For more information about Norwalk Hospital’s hybrid OR, visit services/vascular surgery.