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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery - University Hospital RWTH Aachen

University Hospital RWTH Aachen

Aachen, Germany
Department id # 26103
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Prof. Dr. med. Rüdiger Autschbach
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Specialized in: cardiothoracic surgery

About the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at University Hospital RWTH Aachen

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen ranks among the top medical facilities in the field of its ​​specialization!

The department offers all options of modern surgery for the treatment of diseases of the cardiovascular system and thoracic organs. The department widely uses modern minimally invasive techniques, which are considered the gold standard of surgery. Since its founding in 1976, the department has performed more than 40,000 open heart interventions. The department's surgeons also have vast experience in the field of implantation of the artificial heart and mechanical heart support systems. All operations are carried out in strict accordance with the protocols of professional societies. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Rüdiger Autschbach.

The department has 63 beds, as well as 28 beds in the Intensive Care Unit. In general, the department's cardiothoracic surgeons perform more than 1,500 surgical interventions annually, whereas about 1,000 of them in the open heart. Thus, the department has earned a reputation as the largest and one of the most successful Cardiology Centers in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The department's range of medical services includes: 

  • Cardiovascular interventions
    • Coronary artery bypass grafting with or without heart-lung machine, including minimally invasive bypass grafting
    • Heart valve surgery: classical and minimally invasive heart valve replacement surgery, reconstructive heart valve surgery
    • Correction of heart diseases in adulthood
    • Surgical treatment of heart arrhythmias: implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators, single-chamber and multi-chamber systems (biventricular stimulation)
    • Surgical treatment of heart tumors
    • Implantation of an artificial heart and heart support systems
  • Interventions on thoracic organs
    • Minimally invasive surgery
      • Bimanual video-assisted mediastinoscopy
      • Thoracoscopy for lung biopsy, pleural biopsy, talc pleurodesis
      • Video-assisted thoracic surgery
        • Resection of lymph nodes and mediastinal tumors
        • Atypical lung resection
        • Pleural empyema
        • Bullectomy
        • Lung volume reduction surgery
        • Resection of pericardial cysts
        • Pericardial fenestration
        • Anatomical resection of lung lobe in lung cancer
        • Resection of pulmonary metastases
        • Interventions in pneumothorax (lung rupture)
    • Conventional thoracic surgery
      • Surgical oncology in lung cancer
        • Classical lung resections, including the resection of sentinel lymph node
        • Extensive interventions (bronchoplasty, angioplasty), as well as thoracic wall resection, resection of the right atrium, pericardium and diaphragm, peripheral tumors of the upper lobe of the lung
        • Multimodal therapy concepts (combination of surgical intervention with chemotherapy, radiation therapy)
      • Resection of thoracic wall tumors
      • Surgery in pulmonary emphysema
        • Bullectomy
        • Lung volume reduction
      • Surgery to treat pleural mesothelioma
      • Thymus resection
      • Surgical treatment of tumors and tracheal stenoses
  • Aortic surgery (for example, in aneurysms)
  • Other surgical options

Photo of the doctor: (c) Uniklinik RWTH Aachen