As patients prepare to undergo a possibly life-altering procedure, they trust our Surgical Services teams at Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals to do their finest work with the latest, most innovative tools. More and more, surgeons rely on state-of-the-art technology, such as minimally-invasive surgical equipment that reduces pain and complications, and speeds up recovery.
Over the past decade, our hospitals have experienced a quiet revolution in care. Surgical teams have introduced a number of more sophisticated and less invasive procedures, which, in turn, shorten recovery times, decrease hospital stays and improve patient outcomes. These ground-breaking techniques allow our surgeons to offer complex procedures and keep patients close to their loved ones.
Today, 98% of all surgeries are done here on Vancouver Island. These leading-edge procedures significantly improve patient outcomes. To ensure our surgeons can advance this revolution in care and continue to offer complex procedures not previously available here at home on Vancouver Island, our hospitals need to be equipped with the best surgical equipment.
Together, our hospitals have 26 operating rooms for specialized procedures including cardiac, dental, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, gynecology, oral & maxillofacial, orthopedic, plastics & reconstructive, thoracic, urology, vascular, and neurology.
Our hospitals perform over 33,000 surgical procedures per year, including inpatient and outpatient surgeries.
Equipment in this area funded by generous donors supporting The Big Picture campaign:
Large C-Arm - Operating Rooms (RJH)
The C-Arm is a versatile, maneuverable machine that captures X-ray images in real-time. This C-Arm will be used in Royal Jubilee Hospital’s Operating Room for endovascular procedures. In endovascular procedures, surgeons operate on arteries and veins from inside of them using the C-Arm’s X-ray image guidance instead of traditional open surgery.
With the C-Arm, detailed X-rays are obtained, processed, and displayed in real-time, revealing the status of the target area. Clinicians are provided with current and accurate images, during procedures, to assist them in diagnosis and treatment. This immediate information may reduce the need for additional procedures. Clinicians may be able to diagnose and treat the issue on the spot, potentially reducing recovery time and side effects and improving overall delivery of care.
1 needed @$319,000.
Laryngoscopes - Operating Rooms (RJH + VGH)
This scope is used to assess a patient’s airway and determine the risk of airway closure. It also allows for diagnosis of sinonasal pathology, nasopharyngeal tumours, throat tumours and infections, and pathologies of the vocal cords. This model is flexible and can follow the natural anatomy of patient’s airway, eliminating the need to manipulate a patient’s head or neck during intubation, especially important for patients with neck injuries or limited neck mobility. This diagnostic tool is used for life or death assessments (i.e. risk of airway closure) and greatly impacts treatment decisions (for example, whether to recommend tracheotomy or intubation). There is no alternative tool for this type of assessment. Without it, patients may unnecessarily be intubated or tracheotomised, or conversely obstruct their airway and die because of delayed treatment.
This would be used for about 250 procedures per year at Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals.
2 needed @$28,000 each.
Rhinolaryngoscope - Operating Room (RJH)
A rhinolaryngoscope allows for the evaluation of the upper airways: nasal passages, nasopharynx, oropharynx, and larynx. It aids in the detection and assessment of structural abnormalities (e.g., polyps, adenoid hypertrophy, septal deviation, masses, and foreign bodies) and chronic inflammation of a nasal sinus (by visualizing the areas of sinus drainage). This lightweight, maneuverable instrument provides high resolution images to aid in efficient and accurate treatment and diagnosis.
1 needed @$10,000.
Pediatric Gastroscope - Operating Room (VGH)
A gastroscope is used in endoscopic procedures, nonsurgical examinations of a person’s digestive tract, which aid in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, such as peptic ulcers and polyps. It can be used for stent placement for patients with blockages such as esophageal tumours. This unit is narrow in design for use in pediatric patients.
This scope will be used on about 300 patients per year at Victoria General Hospital.
1 needed @$67,000.
Video Gastroscope - Operating Room (RJH)
A video gastroscope is used in endoscopic procedures, which aid in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, such as peptic ulcers and polyps. It can be used for stent placement for patients with blockages such as esophageal tumours.
1 needed @$32,000.
Wide Angle Viewing System - Operating Room (RJH)
This wide-angle viewing system, used during eye surgeries, attaches to a surgical microscope. The system holds a lens away from the eye and allows the surgeon to have fine focus and panoramic view. The surgeon can then operate in the eye without using an additional lens or having an assistant hold a lens in front of the eye for the duration of the surgical procedure. It allows for improved efficiency during surgery.
This system will be used on almost 800 patients per year at Royal Jubilee Hospital.
1 needed @$34,000.