This Hybrid Runs on Team Effort
|Dr. David Joffe
Not so long ago, an aneurysm – or bulge – in the large blood vessel of the chest would have been considered too risky for any surgery, leaving patients to watch, wait and hope.
Today, they have other options because cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and vascular surgeons are teaming up on new hybrid repair procedures at the Dayton Heart & Vascular Hospital at Good Samaritan Hospital.
“A hybrid procedure is a combined surgical and endovascular approach to repair arteries,” explains interventional cardiologist David Joffe, MD, who has been at the forefront of minimally invasive cardiac procedures for nearly 30 years.
The Dayton Heart & Vascular Hospital at Good Samaritan has taken the lead to offer the region advanced hybrid procedures for the most challenging repairs of the body’s great blood vessels, such as thoracic (chest) aneurysms, those that involve the chest and abdomen, and for tears in the arteries.
“Surgeons bring their extensive skills at providing clear access to the blood vessel without damaging it. Endovascular specialists and interventional cardiologists bring our advanced skills at working with catheters and wires within the vessels,” Dr. Joffe says.
The Dayton Heart & Vascular Hospital at Good Samaritan was designed for just such collaboration. Both the cath lab and the operating room are equipped for hybrid procedures.
But it’s the physicians’ understanding and appreciation of what each specialty contributes that make hybrid procedures possible.
“We respect each other. That’s key to our success.”
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