Thorac cardiovasc Surg 2010; 58(7): 379-386
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1250294
Special Report

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Cardiac Surgery in Germany during 2009. A Report on Behalf of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

J. F. Gummert1 , A. Funkat2 , A. Beckmann3 , W. Schiller4 , K. Hekmat5 , M. Ernst6 , F. Beyersdorf7
  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, HDZ NRW, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
  • 2Department of Cardiac Surgery, Herzzentrum, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
  • 3German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus, Berlin, Germany
  • 4Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  • 5Department of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Jena, Germany
  • 6Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University Kiel, Kiel, Germany
  • 7Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
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Publication History

received August 3, 2010

Publication Date:
04 October 2010 (online)


All cardiac surgical procedures performed in 80 German cardiac surgical units throughout the year 2009 are presented in this report, based on a voluntary registry which is organized by the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. In 2009 a total of 96 129 cardiac surgical procedures (excluding ICD and pacemaker procedures) were collected in this registry. More than 11.8 % of the patients were older than 80 years compared to 10.3 % in 2008. Hospital mortality in 45 171 isolated CABG procedures (13.1 % off-pump) was 2.8 %. In 23 556 isolated valve procedures (including 2216 catheter-based procedures) a mortality of 4.7 % was observed. This voluntary registry of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery continues to be an important tool for quality control and illustrates the development of cardiac surgery in Germany.


Prof. Dr. med. Jan F. Gummert

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