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Surgical treatment of congenital and acquired heart defects without the heart-lung machine (program ID: 302829)

University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

location_on Hamburg, Germany
9.2/10 from 92 Votes
Specialized hospital
Hermann Reichenspurner

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. Dr. med.

Hermann Reichenspurner

Specialized in: cardiovascular surgery

The chief physician of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf is Prof. Dr. med. Hermann Reichenspurner. As the specialist in the field of cardiac surgery, Professor Reichenspurner specializes in minimally invasive surgery, aortic surgery, use of the cardiopulmonary bypass system as well as heart and lung transplant.

The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery covers the full range of heart diseases requiring surgery – from children with congenital defects up to older patients. The Department specializes in minimally invasive surgery of heart valves, especially heart valve repair.

Another priority of the Department is modern treatment of coronary artery diseases. This field involves an extensive experience in artery bypass surgery and therefore doctors achieve successful long-term treatment results. Whenever possible, there are applied sparing minimally invasive techniques that do not require a cardiopulmonary bypass system.

Overall, the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf annually performs over 2,000 operations with the use of the cardiopulmonary bypass system. Performing over 400 TAVI operations, the University Heart Center Hamburg ranks among the largest programs dealing with the interventional treatment for heart valves.

The range of clinical services of the Department includes:

  • Coronary surgery (OPCAB, ACB)
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery, surgical treatment of valves (TAVI/MitraClip)
  • Aortic valve reconstruction and treatment of the bicuspid aortic valve
  • Heart transplant and surgical treatment of heart failure (HTx, VAD, ECMO)
  • Lung transplant (LuTx)
  • Aortic surgery
  • Surgical ablation
  • Electrophysiological surgery (pacemakers, defibrillators, removal of probes)
  • Theoretical cardiac surgery 
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Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • physical examination
  • cardiological examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • TSH-basal, fT3, fT4
    • indicators of inflammation
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)
  • EKG/ ECHO/ x-ray of th chesе
  • holter monitoring (24h)
  • heart catheterization
  • preoperative care
  • surgical treatment of heart defects
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation
  • explanation of future recommendations
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