HELIOS Clinic for Heart Surgery Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe, Germany

Department of Cardiosurgery

Uwe Mehlhorn

Prof. Dr. med.

Uwe Mehlhorn

Specialized in: cardiosurgery

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Nach dem Studium der Humanmedizin in Göttingen begann der gebürtige Münsteraner seine Facharztausbildung an der Universität zu Köln. Auf die Dissertation 1992 folgte ein 2-1/2-jähriger Forschungsaufenthalt als Stipendiant der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft am Texas Heart Center in Houston, Texas.

Nach Berufung auf eine Universitäts-Professur für Herzchirurgie an der Universität zu Köln 2001 wechselte Mehlhorn 2007 an die Klinik und Poliklinik für Herz-, Thorax- und Gefäßchirurgie der Universität Mainz, wo er ab 2011 als Stellvertretender Direktor der Klinik tätig war.

Seit März 2015 ist Prof. Uwe Mehlhorn der Ärztliche Direktor und Chefarzt der Abteilung Herzchirurgie an der HELIOS Klinik für Herzchirurgie Karlsruhe.

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In the last 20 years the Cardiosurgery Department got a great recognition far beyond its own region in the branch of surgical treatment of heart diseases. Only in 2015 2900 surgeries has been carried out  there.

The Department provides treanment for a whole spectrum of adult cardiac surgical diseases, with exception of the heart and lung transplantation. An experienced medical team provides medical care for each patient in close cooperation with the Department of Anesthesiology and other partners specializing in cardeology. Professionals of the Department uses for each patient individually worked out sparing treatment methods.

The range of the offered services includes:

Minimally invasive surgical procedures

  • transfemoral and transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI)
  • minimally invasive aortic valve surgery (MIC-AKR/ E)
  • minimally invasive mitral and tricuspid valve surgery (MIC-MKR/ E; MIC-TKR/ E)
  • minimally Invasive Direct Coronary Artery Bypass (MIDCAB) surgery (MIDCAB)
  • hybrid myocardium revascularization (MIDCAB + PCI with stenting)

Myocardial revascularization

  • complete arterial bypass surgery using both arteries of the chest wall
  • beating heart bypass surgery with a high risk level (OPCAB)
  • complex recurrent bypass surgery after the already carried out coronary bypass surgery

Heart Valve surgery

  • reconstructive Surgery of the mitral/ tricuspid valve; also in form of complex surgical procedures with coronary bypass surgery and simultaneous surgeries on several valves
  • reconstructive surgery of the aortic valve in combination with aortic aneurysm surgery (acute aortic dissection type A, Bentall operation, David operation)
  • replacement of all mitral valves using biological/ mechanical prostheses; also with underlying acute/ chronic endocarditis

Cardiac insufficiency and heart rhythm

  • implantation of all systems: cardiostimulators, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), cardiac resynchronization therapy (the CRT), cardiac event recorders (heart rate recorders)
  • complex inspection after implantation, also with underlying systemic infections with laser probes extraction
  • removal of atrial veins and pulmonary veins using minimally invasive techniques
  • implantation of mechanical assist devices (ventricular assist device (LVAD, RVAD, BiVAD) as a secondary recovery method, as a auxiliary method for transplantation or as targeted therapy
  • day-and-night care (extracorporeal life support (ECLS)/ extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)) with mobile mini artificial heart and lungs devices for the use in the out-of-hospital conditions by patients having cardiogenic shock

Aortic Aneurysm Surgery

  • surgery in the case of aortic aneurysm (e.g., supracommissural replacement of the ascending aorta, Bentall operation, David operation), also in combination with reconstructive surgery of the aortic valve
  • operative therapy of acute aortic dissection type A (AADA)
  • aortic arch surgery using hybrid method

Operative correction of cardiac malformations in adults

  • minimally invasive closure of persistent foramen ovale (PFO) or atrial septal defect (atrial septum defect, ASD)
  • closure of the post-infarction ventricular septal defect (VSD)

CardiacTumors Surgery

  • removal of heart tumors (e.g., atrial myxomas) using minimally invasive techniques

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