Hybrid Endovascular Operating Suite Opening Soon
A new hybrid endovascular operating suite will open this spring at North Kansas City Hospital, and Scott Kujath, MD, FACS, with Kansas City Vascular, PC, will be among the first to use it. The suite is a sweeping technological leap forward for North Kansas City Hospital and its surgeons. It will feature new state-of-the-art equipment that can track radiation exposure for patients and staff in real time. The system also drastically reduces the use of contrast, thus lowering patients’ risk of renal failure.
Dr. Kujath has been performing vascular procedures at North Kansas City Hospital since 2001. Fifteen years ago, aortic aneurysm surgery was an open abdominal procedure. Over time, technological advancements integrated the use of stents, which decreased complications and mortality rates. Today, most procedures are performed percutaneously, allowing patients to go home the next day. In the new suite, the latest endovascular equipment and imaging technology will reduce procedure times. Additionally, the use of less radiation and contrast will ultimately result in shorter lengths of stay and recovery periods for patients.
The suite is a sweeping technological leap forward for North Kansas City Hospital and its surgeons. It will feature new state-of-the-art equipment that can track radiation exposure for patients and staff in real time.
Lower extremity revascularization has a similar history, and while Dr. Kujath completes 90% of these procedures with balloons and stents, it is often necessary to also perform an endarterectomy. “In the new hybrid room, both procedures can be done simultaneously,” he explains.
Lower extremity wounds often require both revascularization and debridement or even amputation. With the new suite, all of these procedures can be done with one trip to the OR, reducing the patient’s exposure to anesthesia, which is often the greatest surgical risk to the aging patient population.
The new hybrid endovascular operating suite will be the most technologically advanced surgery suite in the metro area. “From a vascular surgery standpoint, NKCH has all the tools it needs to treat patients in the safest manner possible,” Dr. Kujath says.
The new operating suite will be used by other specialties, such as cardiology, which will use it for the new TAVR procedure scheduled to begin this fall.
Scott Kujath, MD, FACS
Dr. Kujath received his medical degree and completed his surgery residency at the University of Missouri — Kansas City. He fellowship trained in vascular surgery at the University of Tennessee — Memphis and has additional specialization in hyperbaric oxygen therapy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
To learn more, call 816.691.5311.