Cardiac Surgery. Our Specialisations

Cardiac surgery - performing cardiac surgery on adults.

All cardiac surgery treatment required by adults can be performed at our clinic for cardiac surgery. Specialisations are:

  • Coronary bypass surgery for arteriosclerosis (vascular calcification) - "disease number 1"
  • Cardiac valve replacement and cardiac valve reconstruction for degeneration, calcification and inflammation of the cardiac valves
  • Surgery to the aorta (major artery) and aortic arch
  • Surgery for cardiac dysrhythmia
  • Correction of hereditary heart defects in adults
  • Treatment of the carotid artery and cardiac surgery in one operation

At the clinic for cardiac surgery, patients receive wholly integrated therapy - from surgery through to completing rehabilitation at home.

 

Cardiac surgery - unique concept in Germany.

Cardiac surgery, and the specialisations of vascular surgery and neurosurgery in particular, work in close collaboration under one roof. Such seamless cooperation enables expertise to be consolidated, and prevents a loss of time and information. Our patients are thus spared unnecessary duplicate examinations, waiting periods and inconvenient journeys.

 

Cardiac surgery. Our Treatment Concepts

Cardiac surgery .

Different treatment methods.

In Germany, approximately 71,000 bypass operations and 250,000 heart catheter treatments are performed in cardiac surgery each year. The proportion of coronary bypass operations is around 70 % of all heart surgery interventions. Congenital tissue damage or changes in form, degenerative, sclerosing changes and inflammations are the most frequent causes of diseases of heart valves, which steer the bloodstream. Very often, the heart valves on the left-hand side of the heart (aorta or mitral valve) are affected by the diseases, as these are exposed to the highest stresses

 

Emergency cardiac surgery unit.

Local treatment saves human lives.

Through fast and efficient cooperation between registered doctors, the surrounding cardiological centres and the clinic for cardiac surgery at the Schön Klinik Vogtareuth, optimum treatment can be ensured for patients with heart diseases. In this way, the local treatment means that at least 60 more lives can be saved per year, which people would not have survived if they had had to undergo lengthy and complicated transport. As every second really does count in an emergency, our cardiac surgery is always on 24-hour standby, i.e. even at the weekends and on public holidays. The proportion of emergency patients in our department is around 15 %, nationwide they account for approx. 11 % of all operations. The complication rate and lethality (proportion of patients that die) is far below the national average for this group patients in our hospital.

 

Efficient treatment in emergencies.

All interventions on the heart are performed at the Schön Klinik Vogtareuth

All interventions on the heart are performed at the Schön Klinik Vogtareuth

Summarising, any emergency can be immediately operated on in our clinic. The whole range of adult heart surgery is covered, including highly complicated interventions in cardiovascular stoppage. Emergency operations are performed more frequently in our region that the national average, on the other hand, the complications rate is far lower. Our heart surgery therefore makes a decisive contribution to efficient treatment of patients in the region, especially for emergency operations.

During a heart operation, the patient's vital functions are constantly monitored

 

Surgery of the aorta.

Replacement of the aorta with repair of the aortic valve.

In the event of pathological enlargement of the aorta by more than 5 cm in diameter (aneurysm) or dissections (lamination of the aortic wall) of the ascending aorta and the aortic arch, in most cases the diseased heart valve and aorta were replaced by valve-carrying prostheses (Bentall operation), whereby the branches of the coronary vessels are sewn into the prosthesis. Cardiovascular stoppage in deep hypothermia (cooling to 18° C body temperature) is required.
Therefore, in general, weakness of the aortic valve (insufficiency) and pathological enlargement or dissection of the ascending aorta are combined. In these cases we almost always prefer valve-preserving interventions, e.g. after David. The enlarged artery is always replaced by a coated tubular graft. This is a particularly gentle method for these patients with increased risk.

 

Postoperative rehabilitation in cardiac surgery.

In Germany, approximately 71,000 bypass operations and 250,000 heart catheter treatments are performed in cardiac surgery each year. The proportion of coronary bypass operations is around 70 % of all heart surgery interventions. Congenital tissue damage or changes in form, degenerative, sclerosing changes and inflammations are the most frequent causes of diseases of heart valves, which steer the bloodstream. Very often, the heart valves on the left-hand side of the heart (aorta or mitral valve) are affected by the diseases, as these are exposed to the highest stresses.