Center for endoscopic assisted, minimally invasive heart surgery
Differentiated rhythm surgery
Transplantation of heart and lung incl. heart and lung support systems
The West German Heart Center Essen is one of the leading and most modern heart centers in Germany for the treatment of heart and circulatory diseases. It is constructed according to the latest know-how and current requirements and equipped with cutting edge and the best medical facilities.
Cardiac surgeons and cardiologists work together under one roof in unparalleled close partnership. The Department for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery is renowned internationally and is leading in the area of acquired cardiovascular diseases such as coronary bypass surgery, minimally invasive heart valve surgery, aortic surgery and heart and lung transplantion. Our patients can expect not only an excellent and holistic medical treatment, but also a comfortable atmosphere with friendly human care. Therefore, it is of great importance for us to have a pleasant environment on the wards and in the patients' rooms. Safe cardiac surgery based on the latest scientific knowledge and close interdisciplinary collaboration with our fellow cardiologists is crucial to us. This interdisciplinary structure guarantees independent decision making concerning the best possible patient treatment.
A highly qualified and highly motivated team of doctors, nurses and medical technical staff will take care of you continuously, with the aim of restoring your health and comfort as soon as possible.
Every year, we carry out approximatly 2,000 operations, 1,250 using the heart-lungmachine. Our four operation theaters are equipped with state of the art technical facilities, which enable us to carry out all current major operative procedures in the area of cardiac and thoracic surgery, under optimal conditions, with maximum safety for the patient. In addition, we have a so-called "hybrid room" which merges operating theater and cardiac catheter laboratory in one place - diagnostic and therapeutic methods at one table. In this way, simultaneous treatment of the patient by the surgeon and the cardiologist is made possible for the first time. We are thus able to carry out just one intervention where two would have been needed elsewhere, thereby saving time and keeping trauma for the patient to a minimum.
Coronary bypass operation also minimally invasive without heart-lung machine (off-pump)
Total arterial bypass grafting
Heart valve operation (reconstruction of the aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves or replacement of them by means of a prosthetic implant)
Minimally invasive endoscopic heart surgery (heart valves, harvesting of veins and arteries, heart tumors, disorders of the atrium)