Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2011; 59(5): 259-267
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1271191
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Cardiac Surgery in Germany during 2010: A Report on Behalf of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

J. F. Gummert1 , A. K. Funkat2 , A. Beckmann3 , M. Ernst4 , K. Hekmat5 , F. Beyersdorf6 , W. Schiller7
  • 1Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart and Diabetes Center NRW, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
  • 2Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Leipzig, Heartcenter, Leipzig, Germany
  • 3German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Berlin, Germany
  • 4Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University Kiel, Kiel, Germany
  • 5Department of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Jena, Germany
  • 6Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
  • 7Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Bonn, Bonn, Germany
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Publication History

received May 15, 2011

accepted May 16, 2011

Publication Date:
10 June 2011 (online)


All cardiac surgical procedures performed in 79 German cardiac surgical units throughout the year 2010 are presented in this report, based on a voluntary registry which is organized by the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. In 2010 a total of 95 734 cardiac surgical procedures (ICD and pacemaker procedures excluded) have been collected in this registry. More than 12.4 % of the patients were older than 80 years compared to 11.8 % in 2009. Hospital mortality in 42 804 isolated CABG procedures (14.2 % off-pump procedures) was 2.8 %. In 25 127 isolated valve procedures (including 3660 transcatheter-valve implantations) a mortality of 4.9 % has been observed. This voluntary registry of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery will continue to be an important tool enabling quality control and illustrating the development of cardiac surgery in Germany.


Prof. Dr. med. J. Gummert

Herz- und Diabeteszentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen
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Universität Bochum

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