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New Dual Surgical Suite at HMFW Minimizes Complications for Treating Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms|
FORT WORTH, Texas — Because they are so difficult to detect, abdominal aortic aneurysms are one of our nation’s silent killers. Bubbles in the wall of the aorta can weaken and rupture, killing more than 15,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital (HMFW) recently opened a new surgical suite that allows physicians to treat the aneurysm through a minimally invasive vascular intervention or traditional surgery.
“Treating an abdominal aortic aneurysm can be high-risk surgery,” said Debbie Bricker, R.N., director of cardiac and vascular services at HMFW. “The dual surgical suite is designed to reduce the patient’s risk of complications during surgery by giving the surgeon the ability to convert from minimally invasive procedure to traditional surgery in a matter of seconds.”
Prior to the addition of the new dual suite, patients would undergo these hybrid procedures in a cath lab. If the patient needed traditional abdominal surgery, physicians would rush them to a separate operating room.
The dual surgical suite is also equipped with the new Allura Xper FD20 digital X-ray technology, enabling physicians to see arteries and the vascular system through high-definition images.
“One of the key features of this suite is the imaging technology which provides excellent contrast and magnification of small areas,” said Jeffrey Lin, M.D., chief of surgical quality review at HMFW. “The highly magnified images yield better precision and accuracy during the procedure.”
In addition to treating abdominal aortic aneurysms, the new surgical suite is also used in treating strokes and leg ischemia — a condition where the legs do not receive proper blood supply.
Prevention and Early Detection
Patients who have high blood pressure, smoke or have a family history of vascular disease, like an abdominal aortic aneurysm, are at greater risk for weak blood vessel walls or vascular blockages.
HMFW offers vascular screenings in the hospital and in its mobile health unit. Three simple, non-invasive tests can reveal in 20 minutes if an individual has a vascular problem that might lead to serious complications or death.
If the screening detects a life-threatening blockage or weak blood vessel, the patient will be evaluated for further treatment and surgery.
For more information on the new surgical suite or to make an appointment for a vascular screening, call 817-250-3400.
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