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Below is the translation of the information on the website of HDZ NRW

About the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic

With its widely recognized range of treatments, including all cardiac surgery procedures, from minimally invasive interventions to heart and lung transplants to ventricular devices and artificial hearts, the thoracic and cardiovascular surgery clinic is one of the largest centers of its kind worldwide, with a very high level of surgical experience.

The HDZ NRW Quality Report documents the large number of treatments performed by the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic and the high level of experience.

Here we present an overview of the current facts and figures:

Routine experience and expert network

3,500 operations on the heart and coronary vessels per year

1,000 pacemaker/defibrillator surgeries per year

More than 1400 heart valve operations

More than 2,400 heart and heart-lung transplants

More than 4,000 ventricular device (VAD) and artificial heart implants

Clinical research and education / national and international collaborations.

The clinic for thoracic and cardiovascular surgery is a leading partner in the expert network of the German Health Insurance (DKV), responsible for the specialist area of cardiac and thoracic surgery. With the aim of providing the best possible care for every patient, it is mandatory to maintain and further develop universal quality standards.

(Note that it is also possible to obtain permission through the Dutch insurance to be treated in Germany or to get a second opinion. If necessary, contact can be made with the Dutch insurance company with which one is affiliated ( )

Heart surgery in 2018

3,500 operations on the heart and coronary vessels

Nearly 1,400 isolated heart valve surgeries

Over 1,000 Isolated Bypass Operations

Nearly 300 heart valve surgeries with combined bypass surgery

81 heart transplants

More than 100 implants of (L)VAD and full artificial hearts

Over 1,000 pacemaker/defibrillator surgeries

Total number of operations since 1984 > 130,000

Heart and heart-lung transplants > 2,400

VAD and Artificial Heart Implants > 4,000

Pacemaker/defibrillator operations >17,000

Over 130,000 operations since 1984

Since 1984, more than 130,000 surgeries have been performed by our clinic, including more than 2,400 heart and heart-lung transplants, as well as more than 4,000 VAD and artificial heart implants.

The specialist clinic for thoracic and cardiovascular surgery has nine operating rooms. It also has four nursing units (including the luxury Tuscany unit) with a total of 190 beds, an intensive care unit, a transplant unit and a VAD unit for patients with artificial hearts and devices