Approach combines interventional and surgical approaches
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Innovation is an important part of our culture at Cleveland Clinic, and it’s one of the reasons that our Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI) is ranked #1 in the country.
It is always important that we not try to fit a patient to an operation, but that we choose the best operation for the patient’s disease.
Hybrid heart procedures—in which surgeons and interventional cardiologists work together to offer patients the best available combination of traditional and minimally invasive treatments—are just one example of our focus on innovation.
Our hybrid procedures are performed in a special room that provides the diagnostic and visualization tools of a procedure room—such as a cardiac catheterization laboratory—with the capability of an operating room, to expand the options for our surgeons and cardiologists to treat patients.
Breaking from tradition
Not all of the procedures are performed traditionally—minimally invasive and percutaneous options can be combined.
For example, we can perform a robotic or minimally invasive valve procedure combined with a percutaneous coronary intervention, commonly known as angioplasty, to place a stent.