Special Clinical Focus

  • Reconstruction of the aortic valve
  • Reconstruction of the mitral valve
  • Replacement of the ascending aorta
  • Replacement of the aortic arch
  • Replacement of the thoracoabdominal aorta
  • Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy

About us

The Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery is internationally renowned. As a highly qualified and highly motivated team, we offer all established surgical treatments for diseases of the heart, lungs and aorta at a high quality level. We also attempt to find solutions for unusual problems. To implement our solutions, our committed team has the most modern technology at its disposal. We are internationally renowned for many of our areas of expertise. However, our patients not only can expect excellent and holistic medical care, but also friendly and human interactions with the attending staff.

All heart valve replacement procedures are regularly performed, and include those for the aortic valve as a ROSS operation or with stent prostheses. A particular focus of the department is the reconstruction of the patient's own heart valves, especially the aortic and mitral valve.

To treat heart failure, we reconstruct the leaky mitral valve in the presence of a weak heart muscle. The resection of left-ventricular aneurysms in the presence of impaired heart function is an established part of the routine. Heart transplantation is undertaken if other options to treat heart failure are unavailable.

We offer the entire spectrumof surgical corrections in congenital heart defects. We also regularly treat complex heart defects in collaboration with the Department of Pediatric Cardiology. The early correction of heart defects is our explicit objective.

An additional focus is aortic surgery. In diseases that affect the ascending aorta, the aortic valve is almost always preserved. We regularly replace the aortic arch or the descending aorta in its thoracic or thoracoabdominal section.

In thoracic surgery we regularly perform all types of surgery on the lung and the mediastinum. A special focus is the preservation of lung tissue in the resection of bronchial carcinoma.

Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy in chronic pulmonary embolism and lung or heart-lung transplantation in irreversible respiratory failure are well established.

Diagnostic Services

  • Transthoracic echocardiography
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography (cardiology)
  • Pacemaker Outpatient Clinic (cardiology)
  • Pulmonary function (pneumonology)
  • Diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension (pneumonology)
  • MRI of the heart (radiology)
  • CT of the heart (radiology)

Therapeutic Services

  • Coronary bypass surgery
  • Reconstruction of the aortic and mitral valve
  • Replacement of the thoracic and thoracoabdominal aorta
  • Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy
  • Surgical interventions on the lungs and the mediastinum
  • Transapical/transfemoral aortic valve replacement
  • Tumor surgery on the heart and vasculature, mediastinum and the lungs
  • Heart, lung, and heart-lung transplantation

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Internet via WLAN
  • Hotel near the hospital
  • Physicians and nursing staff fluent in several languages
  • Approved by all health insurance plans
  • Professional care of foreign patients over a period of many years
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Heart Surgery

Other services

  • Aortic insufficiency
  • Mitral insufficiency
  • Ascending aortic aneurysm
  • Aortic arch aneurysm
  • Descending aortic aneurysm
  • Chronic pulmonary embolism


Airports near

  • Airport Zweibrückenapprox. 20 km
  • Airport Saarbrückenapprox. 30 km
  • Airport Frankfurtapprox. 145 km

Additional staff

PD Dr. med.
Diana Aicher

PD Dr. med.
Frank Langer