22457 Hamburg, Germany
We offer all modern cardiac surgical techniques from coronary surgery to cardiac valve reconstruction and replacement, as well as treatment of complex aortic aneurysms and implantation of cardiac support systems.
A special focus of cardiac surgery is the treatment of coronary artery disease by means of complete arterial bypass surgery, exclusively with both breast wall arteries. The Albertinen Cardiovascular Center is rated at 95% and thus is one of the leading centers for complete arterial coronary surgery in Germany.
There is a special department for cardiac anesthesia within the Department of Cardiac Surgery. All surgeries are performed by specialists with many years of experience in cardiac anesthesia.
Our heart surgery also has a department for the percutaneous treatment of heart valve disease by means of interventional techniques. The heart team, which always consists of a cardiologist, a cardiac surgeon, and a cardiac anesthesiologist, determines the best method of treatment for each patient.
Cardiac Surgery is a dynamic field that has developed rapidly in recent years with the development of new surgical procedures. Complete arterial revascularization with and without the use of the heart-lung machine; mitral, tricuspid, and aortic valve reconstruction; and aortic aneurysm surgery with reconstruction of insufficiency aortic valves are now all part of the daily routine. The development of new so-called minimally invasive surgical techniques using smaller and less invasive surgical approaches which, in particular, do not require a heart-lung machine, have made cardiac surgery less stressful for the patient. Patients with serious concomitant diseases benefit particularly from avoiding the use of a heart-lung machine, as they do not experience deterioration of preexisting organ dysfunction due to side effects of the heart-lung machine.
Prof. Friedrich-Christian Riess, M.D. has been Head Physician of Cardiac Surgery and Chairman of the Albertinen Heart Center at Albertinen Hospital since 2006. The clinical focus of his work is complete arterial coronary bypass on the beating heart without a heart-lung machine, reconstruction of heart valves, rhythm surgery, and the treatment of thoracic aortic aneurysms.
Interventional transcathetic aortic valve implantation (TAVI), transfemoral, transapical, transaortic, and transjugular treatment of mitral valve insufficiency, as well as treatment with MitraClip.
Patients with heart valve disease and high operative risk are treated percutaneously (using catheter techniques). This is usually done via blood vessels in the groin area and always on the beating heart, thus avoiding the use of a heart-lung machine. The most common procedures are interventional transcathetic aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and transfemoral, transapical, transaortic, and transjugular [aortic valve implantation], as well as treatment of mitral valve insufficiency with MitraClip.
We use the most modern procedures for all these interventions, and we have a variety of different heart valve prostheses, which allows us to tailor a treatment to the individual patient.
Julian Witt has been Senior Physician, Department of Percutaneous Treatment of Structural Heart Diseases, Clinic of Cardiac Surgery, Cardiovascular Center, Albertinen Hospital, since 2019. This is the focus of his medical work, as well as cardiac MRI.
After studying medicine, he began training as a cardiac surgeon at Christian Albrecht University in Kiel. In August 2001, Julian Witt moved to Albertinen Hospital and began his specialist training in internal medicine and cardiology. In addition to intensive care, his focus from the beginning has been on interventional cardiology and cardiac MRI. From 2014 to 2019, Julian Witt worked closely with Prof. Schofer in the field of percutaneous treatment of structural heart disease.