SMC Expands Vascular Services

(PUEBLO, COLO.) St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center announced today that it has opened a state-of-the-art vascular theater with advanced imaging capabilities designed to enhance surgeons ability to deliver the best possible outcomes for vascular patients. The next generation vascular theater is sleek in design, has powerful computing capabilities and provides enhanced visualization through HD monitors resulting in the ultimate surgical experience for patients and surgeons.

As a result of the dramatic development of interventional technology to treat vascular disease, an increasing number of formerly open vascular surgical procedures can be done in a less invasive manner with catheter techniques or a combination of both open and catheter-based approaches, said Cathy Petersen, director of perioperative services, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. In the new vascular theater at St. Mary-Corwin, advances in technology and medicine have converged that appear to be straight out of the future, ensuring superior patient safety with high-quality imaging and an optimal environment for quick open conversion in a safe, sterile surgical environment if necessary.

Combining the advantages of an operating room with image quality produced in a radiology suite, the centerpiece of the new vascular theater is the NuBoom hybrid platform. This large structure houses the theaters HD monitors that can display everything from X-rays to CT scans for review as well as the images from the new C-arm, a flexible imaging system that can be moved over or under any part of the patient delivering three dimensional, high-definition on-the-spot imaging. It allows surgeons to observe the progress and accuracy of their work with small body parts such as veins and arteries in real-time on large HD television monitors. In addition, the vascular theater boasts a state-of-the-art procedure table, giving the surgical team more power, precision and performance with unencumbered imaging access.

An increase in obesity, Type II diabetes and an aging population has contributed to the increase in vascular disease among Americans. The vascular system is our bodys internal highway made up of arteries carrying oxygen-rich blood from the heart to body parts and organs and veins that transport blood back to the heart. Vascular disease affects the entire body and includes stroke, peripheral artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, carotid artery disease, arteriovenous malformation (AVM), critical limb ischemia (CLI), pulmonary embolism (blood clots), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), and varicose veins.

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