Thorac cardiovasc Surg 2012; 60(06): 371-382
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1326724
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Cardiac Surgery in Germany during 2011: A Report on Behalf of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Anne-Kathrin Funkat1, Andreas Beckmann2, Jana Lewandowski2, Michael Frie3, Wolfgang Schiller4, Markus Ernst5, Khosro Hekmat6
  • 1Department of Cardiac Surgery, Herzzentrum, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Berlin, Germany
  • 3FOM Hochschule fuer Oekonomie & Management, Essen, Germany
  • 4Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  • 5Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University Kiel, Kiel, Germany
  • 6Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
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27 July 2012

27 July 2012

Publication Date:
03 September 2012 (eFirst)


All cardiac surgical procedures performed in 78 German cardiac surgical units throughout the year 2011 are presented in this report, based on a voluntary registry which is organized by the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. In 2011, a total of 100,291 cardiac surgical procedures (implantable cardioverter defibrillator and pacemakers procedures excluded) have been collected in this registry. More than 13.4% of the patients were older than 80 years compared with 12.4% in 2010. Hospital mortality in 41,976 isolated coronary artery bypass graft procedures (14.7% off-pump) was 2.9%. In 26,972 isolated valve procedures (including 5,210 catheter-based procedures), an in-hospital mortality of 5.2% 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 current facts and the development of cardiac surgery in Germany.