Albany -- The Phoebe Putney Hospital Board approved the commitment of one operating room to endovascular surgeries. Phoebe will spend more than one million dollars to dedicate the operating room for treatment of aneurysms, artery expansions or blockages.
It could mean less invasive surgery, with shorter recovery time for patients. Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dr. Doug Patten, said it "will enhance our ability to do that in a better environment, with better technology, better imaging capacity, lower radiation exposure, lower contrast exposure, and things like that. "
There is no timeline for when the new endovascular operating room will be completed.