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 treatment techniques for conditions of the heart, lungs and aorta at a high quality level. We also endeavor to find solutions for uncommon problems. Our dedicated team has the most up-to-date technology at its disposal in order to realize our solutions. We are internationally renowned for many of our areas of expertise. Our patients can expect not only excellent holistic medical care, however, but also kindly care with a human touch. All heart valve replacement procedures are performed regularly, and include ROSS procedures to the aortic valve or the use of stent prostheses. A particular focus of the Department is the reconstruction of the patient’s own heart valves, particularly the aortic and the mitral valve. In treating heart failure, we reconstruct the leaky mitral valve where there is a weak heart muscle. The resection of left-ventricular aneurysms where there is an impaired heart function is an established part of the routine. We provide the entire range of corrective surgery for congenital defects. We also regularly treat complex heart defects in collaboration with the Department of Pediatric Cardiology. An additional focus is aortic surgery. In conditions that affect the ascending aorta, the aortic valve is almost always preserved. We regularly replace the thoracic or thoracoabdominal section of the aortic arch or the descending aorta. In thoracic surgery, we regularly perform all types of surgery on the lung and the mediastinum. A particular focus is the preservation of lung tissue in the resection of bronchial carcinoma. We are one of the few European Centers of Excellence in pulmonary thromboendarterectomy for chronic pulmonary embolism and lung transplantation for irreversible respiratory failure is a long-established procedure.

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 to the lungs and the mediastinum
  • Transapical / transfemoral aortic valve replacement
  • Tumor surgery to the heart and vasculature, mediastinum and the lungs
  • 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 valve insufficiency
  • Mitral valve insufficiency
  • Ascending aortic aneurysm
  • Aortic arch aneurysm
  • Descending aortic aneurysm
  • Chronic pulmonary embolism


Airports near

  • Zweibruecken airport 12.4 miles (approximately 20 km)
  • Saarbruecken airport 18.6 miles (approximately 30 km)
  • Frankfurt airport 90.1 miles (approximately 145 km)

Additional staff

Asst Lect. Dr.
Diana Aichner

Asst Lect. Dr.
Frank Langer