Ultra High Definition
operating theatre opens at the Royal
THE Royal Liverpool University Hospital
has unveiled a state of the art operating theatre which uses 3D maps for highly
skilled surgery to repair veins and arteries.
The £3.7million hybrid theatre gives surgeons access to ultra high definition
imaging during surgery on serious conditions such as abdominal aortic aneurysms
An AAA is a swelling of the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel in the body that
provides blood to the lower body. If an aneurysm bursts, it causes huge internal
bleeding, 80% of people who suffer a ruptured AAA die before reaching hospital.
The theatre has been built on a temporary
platform at the Royal so the innovative technology can be transferred to the new
Royal when it opens in 2017. The surrounding structure will be transferred to
Broadgreen Hospital to provide further operating space.
Using an electronic arm; known as a 'C arm' - which moves in tandem with
a carbon fibre operating table, the advanced technology provides ultra clear
images to guide the surgeon through the complex network of arteries.
Ultra clear high quality visuals provide less fatigue for the operating team and
uses lower doses of radiation and contrast material, making it safer for
patients and staff.
George Hasset, 74, cut the ribbon on the new
theatre, having been one of the first patients to benefit from the new theatre
when he underwent surgery on a complex aortic aneurysm.
George, from Broadgreen, said:- "As with most procedures, you're not aware
of your surroundings. When I found out my procedure took place in this high tech
theatre, I was blown away.
These surgeons saved my life and without them I wouldn't be here to cut this
ribbon. I just want to say thank you. It's an honour to be able to open this
theatre and thank the whole team for what they did for me."
Professor Rao Vallabhaneni, consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon at the
Royal, said:- "The new hybrid theatre is one the most modern of medical
environments. With this we will stay at the forefront of vascular surgery and
can continue to offer our patients some of the most advanced treatments with the
very best in safety and accuracy.
Building a temporary structure for a state of the art facility that can be
transferred to our other site was challenging. This shows that, while we are
investing in the future of healthcare with the new Royal, we remain committed to
excellence in today's healthcare too."
The Royal provides vascular services as part of the Liverpool Vascular and
Endovascular Services (LiVES) which connects the Trust with neighbouring
hospitals across Merseyside.
To find out more about the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital
NHS Trust's AAA Screening Programme, call:- 0151 706 4767 or go
to find out more about AAA screening programmes near you.