The team at the University of Maryland Heart and Vascular Center was among the first in the nation to perform a combined hybrid procedure.

Our integrated heart team collaborates smoothly to ensure you get the optimal results.

Hybrid coronary intervention combines the best of both worlds: minimally invasive bypass surgery with catheter-based coronary intervention. This combined procedure provides you with a minimally invasive, long-lasting and effective procedure to treat coronary artery disease.

Hybrid Coronary Intervention: What to Expect

In the past, if you needed both bypass and angioplasty, you would need two separate surgeries. You would undergo bypass or angioplasty first, then the other procedure a few days later. A hybrid procedure means you get the benefit of both procedures at one time.

During a hybrid heart bypass procedure:

  1. The cardiac surgeon performs a minimally invasive bypass procedure on blocked arteries.
  2. When the bypass portion is complete, an interventional cardiologist takes over, performing an angioplasty to restore blood flow in the arteries that were not blocked enough to require bypass.
  3. To reduce the chance that a blockage will occur again, we use special stents coated in medication to prevent reblocking (restenosis).

Learn more about our heart bypass surgery expertise.

Hybrid Coronary Benefits

One of the major benefits of the hybrid procedure is that you can undergo bypass surgery and stenting at the same time, rather than undergo two separate procedures on different days.

Other benefits include:

  • Your team performs the procedure in a fully equipped cardiac operating room, so we handle complex procedures as well as any complication that may arise. 
  • The procedure uses smaller incisions instead of a large chest incision, which means less scarring.
  • You have a quicker recovery and shorter hospital stay.

Hybrid Coronary Intervention Candidates

You may be a candidate for this procedure if you have:

  • A blockage in a major vessel called the left anterior descending (LAD) artery, which supplies 60 percent of the blood to the heart.
  • Blockages in non-LAD arteries that can be treated with a stent.

You can feel confident that our team has the capabilities and resources to perform the full spectrum of coronary interventions, from traditional open surgeries to minimally invasive procedures. We will always choose the surgical approach that offers you the best long-term outcome.

Hybrid OR

We perform hybrid procedures in our specialized suite called a hybrid OR. This operating room is both a fully equipped surgical suite and a sophisticated cardiac catheterization laboratory. The ability to perform the full spectrum of catheterization, minimally invasive or open procedures makes the hybrid OR the ideal place for your surgery. If we need to switch from an angioplasty to an open bypass, we can do so without delay and without having to move you to a different room.

In the hybrid OR, cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists work together, performing complex procedures that give you the best outcome possible.