Welcome to the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery is one of the large specialised centres in Germany, facilitating 2000 on-pump operations, i.e. with heart-lung machine and approx. 550 operations for congenital heart defects annually. We regard ourselves as specialists in a competence centre that guarantees optimal medical care for patients.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation
The German Heart Center Munich is one of the highest volume centers in Europe, performing greater than 800 mitral and aortic valve surgeries per year with extremely low mortality and complications rates.
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation is a minimally invasive, percutaneous (meaning not requiring surgical incisions) treatment modality that allows implantation of a bioprosthetic valve in the beating heart by means of a catheter-based system. This procedure, therefore, avoids open-chest/open-heart surgery and cardiopulmonary bypass.
The image of the university hospital department is reflected in three pillars:
- clinical management,
- patient-related research and
- commission to teach.
All three emphases will be discussed in the following.
These pages are intended to familiarise you with the standards of heart surgery for which we are responsible and with the people who put them into practice everyday.
You will learn about how we proceed for various clinical pictures, which staff members are involved and how, and about what matters, whether in the repair of heart valves or in the surgery of congenital heart defects.
These pages cannot and are not intended to give you more than a first impression of the challenges represented by cardiac surgery today. They cannot replace the personal dialogue with our physicians, nurses, perfusionists or any other staff members. On the contrary, we wish to encourage you to contact us directly. You can find the proper contact person for dealing with your queries regarding heart surgery on the pages "Contact us" and "Team". Talk to us.
Prof. Dr. med. Rüdiger Lange
Director of department