University Hospital Würzburg

location_on Würzburg, Germany
9.2/10 from 38 Votes

Treatment of lower limbs atherosclerosis (stage 4) by thromboendarterectomy (program ID: 227355)

Rainer G. Leyh

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Rainer G. Leyh

Specialized in: thoracic and cardiovascular surgery
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  • 1981-1988 Studium der Medizin, Universität Kiel (Deutschland) und Universitäten Auckland/Dunedin, Neuseeland 
  • 1988-1989 Wehrdienst (Sanitätsdienst) 
  • 1990 Promotion Dr. med., Christian Albrecht Universität Kiel;  
  • 1989–1993 Klinisches Training in der Abteilung Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie, Christian Albrecht Universität Kiel 
  • 1993–1998 Fortsetzung Klinisches Training in der Abteilung Herzchirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Lübeck 
  • 2003 Habilitation, Klinik für Herz, Thorax- und Gefäßchirurgie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover  


  • 1996–1999 Oberarzt, Abteilung Herzchirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Lübeck  
  • 1999–2004 Oberarzt, Klinik für Thorax, Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Leitung der Dependance der Klinik für Thorax-, Herz- und Gefäßchirurgie der MHH, Ortstadtkrankenhaus Hannover 
  • 2004–2007 Stellvertretender Direktor, Herz- und Thoraxchirurgie, Westdeutsches Herzzentrum, Universitätsklinikum Essen
  • Seit 2007 Direktor der Klinik und Poliklinik für Thorax-, Herz- und Thorakale Gefäßchirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Würzburg  


  • Chirurgie der Herzinsuffizienz
  • Rekonstruktive Klappenchirurgie
  • Aortenchirurgie 

Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

The Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University Hospital of Würzburg offers surgical treatment of all congenital and acquired heart and lung diseases in adulthood, including heart transplant. The director of the Department is Professor Dr. med. Rainer G. Leyh.

Due to the use of the most advanced cardiac support systems and tight cooperation with other institutions at the University Hospital of Würzburg, the Department, performing 1,500 operations a year, is very well prepared for the treatment of emergency and high-risk patients. 

The Department has a unique experience in thoracic aortic surgery, where modern techniques, such as stent implantation, are getting more and more important. In cooperation with the Department of Cardiology, there is sometimes provided minimally invasive aortic valve replacement. The Department under the direction of Professor Dr. med. Rainer G. Leyh is a leader in Germany with a very low level of perioperative mortality. 

The range of medical services in the Section of Cardiac Surgery at the University Hospital of Würzburg:

  • Bypass surgery upon coronary artery stenosis
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators
  • Other operations in case of cardia arrhythmia
    • Mini-Maze surgery
    • Pulmonary vein ablation
  • Aorta surgery upon dissection and aneurysm
  • Other heart surgery
    • Surgery upon pericardial diseases
    • Surgery upon heart tumors
  • Surgical treatment of heart failure:
    • Implantation of an artificial heart for the temporary (before heart transplant) or long-term therapy
    • Mitral valve plication
    • Ventricular aneurysm removal
  • Heart transplant 

Thoracic surgery at the University Hospital of Würzburg offers the full range of minimally invasive and open thoracic interventions. Through the introduction of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery in the Department and cooperation with the sections of the Center for Operational Medicine (ZOM) of the Faculty of Medicine, there are also performed more complex resections, in particular, with the use of the cardiopulmonary bypass. The Section of Thoracic Surgery is part of the Multidisciplinary Cancer Center of East Franconia. 

The range of services in the field of thoracic surgery includes:

  • Bronchology
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic treatment of pneumothorax
  • Septic thoracic surgery
    • Video-assisted thoracoscopic and open purification of empyema cavity
    • Surgical treatment of aspergillosis
    • Thoracoplasty
  • Cancer surgery

According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University Hospital of Würzburg ranks among the top German departments specializing in cardiac surgery!

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Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • Lipid metabolism (HDL/LDL, cholesterol,
      triglycerides Lip(a), homocysteine)
    • blood coagulation analysis (aPTT, PT, INR)
    • inflammation indicators (CRP, ESR)
    • metabolic status (uric acid, total glucose, HbA1c)
    • cardiovascular disease risk markers
    • kidney function test (creatinine, urea)
    • TSH
  • doppler/ duplex receptacles of lower extremities
  • angio-MRI from aorta and of lower extremities
  • duplex peripheral arteries
  • preoperative care
  • thromboendarterectomy (surgical excision of the thrombus,
    followed of artery plastic)
  • blood transfusions (if needed)
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation
  • developing of further guidance 


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