Special Clinical Focus
- Minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB)
- Off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB)
- Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
- Prosthetic heart valve
- Aortic surgery
- Pediatric heart surgery
On the one hand, many people connect heart surgery with life-saving interventions, but on the other hand, everyone fears pain and complications arising from such complex surgeries. This is when new innovative inventions in the field of heart surgery come into play that focus on less traumatic interventions, risk minimization and the search for riskless and almost painless entryways into the body. In this field, the Department for Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery is a widely renowned hospital.
For many years, patients with certain obstructions of the heart vessels have been offered minimally invasive bypass surgery, the so called keyhole surgery. Through a small surgical opening, arteries are being used as bypass material instead of veins which are usually implanted into the heart. At least 90% of these aortic arteries are still open 10 years later, making keyhole surgery still the best therapeutical approach for obstructed coronary vessels. Since this kind of bypass surgery is performed without stopping the heart, the heart-lung machine has become obsolete. The patient’s circulation is sustained during surgery and damages to the heart muscle and most of all the brain are practically non-existent, thus enabling a speedy recovery for the patient.
The heart surgeons at the University Medical Center Mainz are currently listed among the leading experts in Germany concerning minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve surgery. No other hospital in Germany has a higher percentage of successfully performed minimally invasive aortic valve replacements. Especially older patients profit from this gentle treatment: the lack of pain permits a stress free breathing pattern. The risk to contract life-threatening pneumonia or sternal wound healing disorders is thus minimized.
A widely renowned focus of the University Medical Center Mainz is the reconstruction of leaky heart valves. In these cases, artificial valves have become obsolete and the life-long ingestion of blood thinning drugs is prevented. Over the past few years, more than 300 interventions have been successfully carried out in Mainz. In most cases, the surgeries are performed minimally invasive.
In all of Germany, the University Medical Center Mainz is very well-reputed concerning aortic replacement. Expanded and ripped aortae (aortic aneurysm, aortic dissection) are a specialty at the University Medical Center Mainz which was immediately embraced by patients. A differential treatment concept according to the patient’s needs compromises not only the aortic replacement itself but also other interventional methods since only the specific section of the aorta which cannot be treated minimally invasive by internally placing a synthetic mesh for support will be surgically replaced by a prosthesis. Although minimally invasive surgery is scientifically concentrated on the elder patient, it is the younger patients that also benefit from these gentle surgical methods.
All further diagnostics are performed by our cooperating hospitals and physicians.
of selected experts in the specialist field Heart Surgery
Managing Senior Consultant