University Hospital Cologne
Department of Cardiosurgery and Thoracic Surgery
Specialized in: cardio surgery, thoracic surgery
The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the Heart Center of Cologne at the University Hospital Cologne under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wahlers is one of the leading centers in Germany for the treatment of congenital and acquired heart defects. The Heart Center at the Department contains 40 beds for the patients, who receive standard medical care, as well as the intensive care unit with 24 beds for the patients, who need intensive care and artificial lung ventilation in close cooperation with the Department of Cardiology. There are also 24 beds for the patients, receiving the intermediate care. The intensive care unit with 2 beds for the patients with heart transplant is a part of the Department as well.
All together, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the Heart Center of Cologne at the University Hospital Cologne under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wahlers performs over 2,800 operations every year. 1,700 of them are performed with the use of the cardiopulmonary bypass. The Department includes 4 operating rooms for cardiothoracic surgeries and an additional room for the pacemaker implantation. The operating rooms are equipped with the state-of-the-art devices, including the so-called hybrid operating room – equipped with the multilayer X-ray optics for the complex cardiovascular operations. It is used together with the cardiologists to implant a heart valve with the use of a catheter. Moreover, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery supervises its own research laboratory.
The range of medical services at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the Heart Center of Cologne at the University Hospital Cologne, headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wahlers, includes such priority areas:
- Surgery of acquired heart defects with the application of the cardiopulmonary bypass and without it (incl. Coronary surgery, surgery of acute myocardial infraction and complications, ventricular septal defect etc.)
- Surgery of congenital heart defects with the application of the cardiopulmonary bypass and without it (incl. surgery of newborns, children, adolescents and adults)
- Arrhythmia surgery (pacemakers, defibrillators, Maze surgery)
- Thoracic surgery (tumors of lungs, trachea and bronchi)
- Heart transplant
- Mechanical circulatory support and the artificial heart
- Round-the-clock medical care
The University Hospital Cologne in Germany offers patients medical care at the always current state of knowledge and skills. The Department constantly looks for new methods of diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The people, who work at the University Hospital Cologne, commit themselves day after day to the physical and mental well being of our patients. As a hospital of excellence at the University Cologne („Exzellenz-Universität “), the Department continuously do research for new knowledge in all fields of human health. Due to the active, committed teaching, even recent graduates can provide excellent treatment quality. The people, who work at the University Hospital Cologne, commit themselves day after day to the physical and mental well being of our patients.
In the University Hospital Cologne You will receive a good care. The team of doctors and the medical staff will support You during the recovery process from the first appointment and up to the outpatient treatment after the hospitalization. During your hospital stay many employees work day after day, hand in hand in order to make Your hospital stay as nice as possible.
Accommodation in hospital
The kid rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The kid bathroom includes both a toilet and a shower. All rooms offer functional beds with orthopaedic mattresses ensuring unsurpassed support for overall body during sleep. There are bedside stands with pull-out tables, lockers and safe boxes in each room. It is also possible to access the Internet from a PC, smartphone or tablet so that kids always keep in touch with their parents and other family members. There is also a TV in each room.
You can opt for a single or a double room. An accompanying person may stay with the kid in the room. A double room is shared with another patient.
The enhanced comfort rooms are equipped with a safety box, a fridge and upholstered furniture.
Meals and Menus
The patient and the accompanying person are offered a daily choice of three menus. If you are on a specific diet for any reason, you will be offered an individual menu. Please inform the medical staff about your dietary preferences prior to the treatment.
Standard rooms include:
Christian priests are available for the patients at any time. Representatives of other religions may be requested at any time.
Your companion may stay with you in your room or at a hotel of your choice during the fixed program.
You may stay at the hotel during the outpatient program. Our employees will support you for selecting the best option.
University Hospital Cologne
- Cologne, Germany
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