Th. Walther, PhD, Director
The number of heart operations at the Kerckhoff Clinic has increased steadily since 1988. Today, more than 2,500 operations per year are performed with the heart-lung machine. The most frequently performed one is the coronary bypass, constituting about 60%. About 40% are done on the heart valves and also include other operations like surgery on the thoracic aorta.
The special range of surgery at the Kerckhoff Clinic also includes treating patients with a so called dilative cardiomyopathy (DCM). A few years ago, these patients had to hope for a heart transplant, but these days, using modern operational methods, improved anaesthetics and a perfectly devised intensive therapy, these patients can be treated successfully. Our surgeons also have special experience in mitralvalve reconstruction; patients whose medication therapy was not successful can be treated in our heart surgery unit with a special operation technique - the maze operation. Our doctors have further developed this technique and created “mini maze operation”. Intensive research is a prerequisite for improving operational methods so our surgeons are involved in comprehensive and interdisciplinary research projects. These include researching DCM, cardiac arrhythmia and neurological complications after heart surgery.
More than 3,500 operations are performed per year in our seven operating theatres.
Department of Cardiac Surgery Kerckhoff-Klinik gGmbH
Secretary Prof. Dr. Thomas Walther
Frau E. Kristen, Fr. M. Nemtut
Tel.: +49 6032-9962502
Fax: +49 6032-996 2567
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