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CBS 3 goes inside the O.R. at Baystate's new expansion

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Baystate Medical Center's new Mass Mutual Wing and Davis Family Heart and Vascular Center has been up and running for almost three months.

It has taken almost 10 years from planning to completion and around $296 million to complete the new expansion. 

And now that the facility is up and running CBS 3 is taking you inside a surgery to meet a patient and doctors who are taking advantage of all that the new facility has to offer.

"I'm having corrective surgery for an aneurysm in the abdomen," said 84-year-old David MacKay.

MacKay has been living with the condition for about 15 years. And, while it wasn't causing him any problems, he was happy to have the aneurysm repaired.

"I'm anxious to get it done,"said MacKay.

Doctors at Baystate repaired MacKay's abdominal aortic aneurysm using an endovascular aneurysm graft.

"What it does is it forces the blood to basically go through where the blood should be going down into the legs, and it excludes it from the aneurysm," said Baystate Interventional Radiologist, Lowell Kahn.

The procedure was done at one of Baystate's new surgical suites. And doctors say that all the new technology here is really helping to improve patient care.

"These type of rooms that we've created here are extremely beneficial in terms of the imaging capability to see what we are doing," said Baystate vascular surgeon, Neal Hadro.

The new surgical suites combine multiple types of technology together in the same place. And these suites are among a select few in the country to offer these type of hybrid operating rooms.

"We have a progressive model," said Kahn. "It is actually what brought me to Baystate, because what we've done is, we've kind of fused the specialties."

MacKay's surgery was performed using a less invasive approach. Doctors say the technology available in the new suites helps to make surgery's like MacKay's go smoother.

"On these procedures we operate everything externally at the patient's side, and we watch television screens so that we can see what we are doing inside of the patient," said Kahn.

The new rooms can be customized for each patient. That means doctors can adjust the images on the monitors and video imaging screens to help with the work flow.

For MacKay the surgery went smoothly and, he says he's happy that the aneurysms that has been in the back of his mind the last 15 years is now under control.

"My mind will be at ease not having to worry," said MacKay.

Mackay has been released for the hospital and is back at home recovering.

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