UK opening new operating rooms, including high-tech hybrid

The region’s first hybrid operating room, one that adds imaging and robotics to traditional surgery, is opening this week at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. The only other hybrid OR in Kentucky is at the Trover Clinic in Madisonville, according to Kristi Lopez of UK Public Relations.

News media are being invited to see demonstrations and tour the facility, as well as eight new operating rooms opening in the next phase of the hospital’s construction, on Wednesday afternoon. Those on the 1:30 p.m. tour will include Dr. Michael Karpf, UK’s executive vice president for health affairs; Ann Smith, the hospital’s chief administrative officer; Dr. Joseph “Jay” Zwischenberger, UK HealthCare surgeon-in-chief; Dr. Bernard Boulanger, surgical services director; Dr. David Minion, a vascular and endovascular surgeon; and Dr. Justin Fraser, a neurosurgeon.

“Advantages to a hybrid operating room include greater accuracy of surgical procedures, reduced recovery time, and reduced risk of postoperative complications,” a UK press advisory said. “Vascular and endovascular surgeries will begin being performed in the new OR in the next few weeks.”

Journalists wanting to take the tour and watch the demonstrations should park in the UK HealthCare parking garage at South Limestone and Transcript Avenue and meet university public-relations representatives promptly at 1:30. For more information or assistance, call or text Lopez at 859-806-0445.

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