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New Hybrid Cardio-Vascular Laboratory is first in the private sector

The new £1.2 million laboratory is now being used to image any part of the body and supports the integration of interventional and surgical teams to perform some of the most complex procedures available today. It is designed for TAVI, Endovascular Repair of Aortic Aneurysm, Vertebroplasty-Kyphoplasty and Femoral Endarterectomy with dilatation and stenting.

A number of other procedures performed in a general angiography department benefit from the hybrid lab, such as aortic stenting and other conditions including those that are liver related (HPB), orthopaedic and even gynae procedures such as Fibroid Embolisation.

The state of the art imaging available in the hybrid lab allows for simultaneous display of live imaging with 3D reconstruction to provide and determine projection angles during complex interventions. There are also dose saving features including a laser positioner and last image hold positioner which facilitate configuration of images in sections displayed on a 56 inch monitor.

London Bridge Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Reay said the new laboratory was an important addition to the state of the art facilities at the hospital.

“It is all about providing the best patient care and the best facilities for our consultants and medical teams. This hospital has long had a reputation for introducing the latest techniques and technology and it has often been first to provide new services for private patients.”

“We were the first private hospital to carry out minimally invasive heart valve repairs; one of the first to install 64 slice CT imaging technology, the first to develop dual ablation procedures for arrhythmias and the first to carry out the TAVI procedure in the private sector. Our hybrid lab is another first and it is already bringing major benefits for patient care in a wide range of disciplines,” said Mr Reay.

Consultant Interventional Radiologist Dr Tarun Sabharwal feels that the new facility will bring many benefits to patients and doctors alike: “This new laboratory enables us to carry out very complex procedures which combine both surgical and radiological techniques so we can help more patients.”

“We will be able to carry out more minimally invasive procedures which could include things like aortic stentgrafts, combined surgical endartectomy and radiological stenting as a single procedure, and spinal procedures such as osteoid osteoma ablation and kyphoplasty" he said. 

London Bridge Hospital recently opened its new 15 bed critical care unit, the most up to date and the largest private unit in South East England