|PATIENT STORY: TERRY WALLACE, AN AURORA RESIDENT, HAD PROCEDURES PERFORMED IN EDWARD HEART HOSPITAL'S HYBRID OPERATING ROOM TO TREAT AN ANEURYSM IN HIS LEG
When a sore pinkie toe led Aurora resident Terry Wallace, 64, to visit his doctor in July 2013 he never imagined he was sitting on a problem that could cost him his leg.
Wallace's cardiologist ordered imaging tests of his leg. The diagnosis: a leg aneurysm, which is a weakened, bulging area in a blood vessel wall. He learned his aneurysm was severe enough to require surgery and angioplasty, in which a balloon is inflated to flatten the aneurysm, allowing a stent to prop open the vessel.
Because Wallace needed both vascular surgery and catheter-based intervention, he was a good candidate for Edward Heart Hospital's Hybrid Operating Room, which features the most technologically sophisticated equipment available to ORs and cardiac procedure rooms.
But it's the logistical advantage of having one room for both the surgery and the intervention that may benefit patients most.
"It saves time and trauma for the patient when they don't have to move from one room to another," says Marissa Marshall, RN, clinical leader of cardiovascular surgery at Edward. "Even when the two teams aren't in the Hybrid OR at the same time, we can have one of the teams ready to come in when the first team finishes up."
On August 12, one team performed bypass surgery, creating a detour around the aneurysm. That was followed by the endovascular repair, which included angioplasty and insertion of a covered stent to seal the aneurysm.
Wallace returned to the Hybrid OR on August 14 for treatment of complications caused by a hematoma. This time, cardiac surgery and cardiac intervention teams together were able to safeguard blood flow to the leg and help prevent future blood clots.
"Each of these sessions in the Hybrid OR resulted in saving Terry's leg," says Marshall.
For more information, visit www.edward.org/heart, or call (630) 527-2825 or (877) 45-HEART (43278).