Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

The Clinic and Outpatient Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery is headed by Prof. Ingo Kutschka, who is responsible for cardiac surgery as well as thoracic and vascular surgery in the University Medical Center Göttingen. This clinic has 9 senior physicians and 16 assistant physicians who carry out a total of 2600 operations every year, of which 1000 are heart operations including transplantations and operations on newborns and children. The clinic maintains a very high level of patient care and is dedicated to both internal and external quality assessment. The quality management system in the Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery was certified in 2014 by TÜV Rheinland according to DIN-ISO EN 9001:2008. It maintains excellent contacts to cardiologists in private practice, other heart catheterization laboratories and hospitals, including the online exchange of patient data, x-rays and angiography films. It has become one of the most trusted and reliable partners in its field for the regions of southern Lower Saxony, northern Hesse, Thuringia and eastern Westphalia – and beyond. In addition, this clinic maintains high competence in the fields of pulmonary and thoracic surgery as well as vascular and endovascular surgery. It is closely networked with other experts in the region serving both the inpatient and outpatient treatment of these conditions. The emergency rescue helicopter Christoph 44 ensures the rapid emergency care of heart surgical needs.

Central Operating Unit

The Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery has at its disposal a total of five of the operating rooms of the Central Operating Unit of the University Medical Center Göttingen around the clock. These OR rooms are equipped with ultramodern apparatus to ensure modern, evidence-based heart surgical techniques that correspond to the guidelines of the respective medical professional associations and guarantee the well-being of its patients. This includes, among other things, catheter-based minimally invasive operations for the endovascular repair of thoracic aneurysms, reconstruction of mitral valves and transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in high-risk patients. An ultramodern angiography laboratory is available for such operations. Our team also includes a number of experts from the Cardiology and Radiology Departments as well as anesthesiologists specially trained for such procedures.

Cardiac Technology

A total of five modern heart-lung machines form the core apparatus at our disposal for cardiac procedures. A team of seven cardiac technologists with extensive training and years-long experience are responsible for the extracorporeal circulation in adults, newborns and small children. In addition, all other extracorporeal systems employed in support of cardiac diseases are their responsibility.

Inpatient Care

The Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery has a total of four wards (Stations 2011, 2012, 2013, 4021) with 84 beds. Continuous telemetric control of the heart functions and oxygen supply of all patients is possible, which ensures a safe postoperative recovery as well as the necessary preoperative control of high-risk patients. The intensive care of our patients is located within an interdisciplinary Intensive Care Unit that is run together with the Anesthesiology Department.

Outpatient Care

Our Outpatient Clinic is responsible for the pre- and postoperative care of patients with cardiovascular and thoracic conditions. This clinic is also concerned with the planning and organization of all outpatient surgical procedures. Our complete surgical and cardiovascular know-how is available to patients with severe, refractory heart failure.

Special Chair for Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Surgical procedures to repair congenital heart defects, whether in newborns or in adults, are done in the special Department for Pediatric Cardiac Surgery headed by Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Ruschewski, who is supported in this endeavor by a number of experienced senior physicians. Together they carry out a total of more than 150 pediatric cardiac operations every year. The pre- and postoperative care of these patients takes place in the Clinic for Pediatric Cardiology and Intensive Care Medicine. A particular concern in the Heart Center Göttingen is the care provided to young adults with congenital heart defects (ACHD), who make up some 20% of all pediatric cardiac surgeries.

Main Treatments Offered

Other main activities include Research and Teaching of medical students.

Prof. Dr. med. Ingo Kutschka, MBA
Prof. Dr. med. Ingo Kutschka, MBA
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