New hybrid operating theatre enables surgeons to perform life-changing surgery

Thursday 3 December 2020

Over 100 patients have now received life-changing procedures within the new hybrid operating theatre at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside.

The new state-of-the-art hybrid operating theatre officially opened on Monday 19 October. Since then, the procedural space has seen eight leading specialists perform over 100 life-changing operations treating patients requiring complex surgical work for conditions such as coronary disease, heart valve disease and vascular disease.

The hybrid operating theatre is a surgical operating theatre equipped with advanced medical imaging devices (devices usually found in a radiology suite or catheter laboratory). It combines the advantages of an operating theatre with high-end imaging to allow multidisciplinary teams of cardiologists, radiologists, surgeons and nurses to treat patients requiring complex surgical work.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr Andrew Clarke and Interventional Cardiologists Dr Akshay Mishra and Dr Roland Hilling-Smith were the first specialists to operate within the hybrid theatre following its official opening in October.


Dr Clarke calls the new hybrid operating theatre a game-changer for cardiac and vascular patients in Queensland.

“It [the hybrid operating theatre] has allowed the cardiac team to take patient treatment to the next level,” Dr Clarke said.

“The hybrid operating theatre at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside has raised the ability to do complex procedures under ideal circumstances,” Dr Mishra said.

“It has integrated many technical and clinical aspects into a single comprehensive functional unit,” Dr Mishra added.

Dr Hilling-Smith said, “This technology allows us to perform procedures that we could only dream of 10 years ago.”

The purpose-built hybrid operating theatre features the most advanced medical imaging technology, including a robotic C-arm imaging device. The device enables and facilitates pre-procedural planning, intraoperative guidance along with immediate assessment regardless of a patient’s condition or procedural complexity. It can be moved over or under any part of a patient’s body to deliver three-dimensional, high-definition imaging enabling surgeons and interventionalists to observe the progress and accuracy of their work on monitors in theatre in real-time.

Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Dr Simon Quinn performed the 100th procedure in the hybrid operating theatre on Tuesday 24 November.

Dr Simon Quinn in hybrid operating theatre

“The hybrid operating theatre facilitates highly complex, advanced surgical procedures that combine both open and endovascular techniques in the same setting,” Dr Quinn said.

“The floor mounted robotic X-Ray arm allows high fidelity, real-time imaging of blood vessels and the heart to ensure accurate treatment and intervention,” Dr Quinn added.

It is estimated the hybrid operating theatre will accommodate an additional 800 procedures annually. Its installation at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside was part of an $11 million hospital investment to enhance and grow existing cardiac surgical services available at the hospital, in addition to serving as a platform for endovascular surgery, to meet the increased demand for minimally invasive procedures around vascular and cardiac disease.