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Westchester Medical Center’s heart and vascular team in the new state of the art Hybrid Operating Room.
Westchester Medical Center’s new Universal Hybrid OR, the first of its kind in the US.
Dr. Steven Lansman, Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Westchester Medical Center.
For decades, Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla has been regarded as the finest advanced care hospital in the Hudson Valley region.
From the latest medical technology and life-saving procedures, to nationally recognized doctors, nurses and staff, the facility is renowned.
And now comes this, another big step for Westchester Medical Center and its patients. In February, Westchester Medical Center (WMC) launched the first “Universal Hybrid OR” in the United States, a flexible and adaptable advanced operating room environment. The Universal Hybrid OR features interchangeable monitoring and surgical equipment and easily moveable, modular room elements that enable clinicians to design, plan and perform the newest cardiac treatments around patient and surgical team needs. It is the first of its kind to integrate the newest and best cutting-edge technology features that allow surgical teams to “move the OR, not the patient” for the most effective performance of advanced applications ranging from minimally-invasive to open surgical procedures – all in one room. The Hybrid OR can quickly adapt as cases change and new configurations are needed.
WMC’s Universal Hybrid OR allows seamless support and implementation of procedures such as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) – which WMC is one of the only facilities capable of providing regionally. According to Dr. Steven Lansman, Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery at Westchester Medical Center, his experienced team will begin to perform the TAVR procedure on patients in February, which is American Heart Month.
“It’s just what I imagined. Patients are relieved,” Lansman said. “A whole category of patients were too old for open heart surgery. This procedure allows these patients to be treated. It’s exciting new technology. It’s the next step in providing minimally invasive fixes for structural heart problems.”
Westchester Medical Center’s new TAVR program has been built on Westchester Medical Center’s reputable cardiovascular program. The hospital’s cardiothoracic team has delivered exceptional outcomes for surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR) including in high risk patients. Interventional cardiologists at Westchester Medical Center have also achieved high success rates in their specialties.
The facility’s cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional cardiologists have trained in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement procedures at leading institutions, have a long history working together and will bring their expertise to this innovative therapy with the ultimate objective of improving our patients’ quality of life.
Prior to Westchester Medical Center’s enterprising TAVR program, this treatment was not available in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley. Patients no longer have to worry about traveling to New York City to have the TAVR procedure done. Being closer to home makes scheduling appointments and follow-ups with your cardiac surgeon and cardiology team much more convenient. TAVR is a new treatment alternative to surgical aortic valve.
TAVR is a new treatment alternative to surgical valve replacement (AVR) for patients who have symptoms from severe aortic stenosis, but are considered prohibitive risk or high risk to undergo surgical aortic valve replacement. The diseased aortic valve is replaced without having to undergo open heart surgery. TAVR is as effective as surgical aortic valve replacement in high risk patients and is better than medication in prohibitive risk patients.
Westchester Medical Center’s TAVR team includes multidisciplinary specialists, such as internists, endocrinologists, neurologists, renal (kidney) specialists, nutritionists and social workers who work together with cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons. Together, the team assesses a patient’s medical history and existing health condition to determine your eligibility for the TAVR procedure. A part of our comprehensive approach to care includes the involvement of medical specialists who collaborate to ensure a treatment plan specific to your needs and current health.
The experienced team will, for example, consider existing conditions such as diabetes, liver or kidney problems, and any other existing health problems you might have--in addition to aortic stenosis when planning your treatment course. Westchester Medical Center is an advanced medical care and referral hospital serving over 3.5 million people covering an area which includes Westchester County, Hudson Valley, Metropolitan New York City and Fairfield County, CT. The facility is also highly ranked both nationally and regionally for heart care and cardiac surgery.
And, with the addition of TAVR, Westchester Medical Center continues to separate itself from the field.

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