Thorac cardiovasc Surg 2014; 62(01): 005-017
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1361953
Original Cardiovascular
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Cardiac Surgery in Germany during 2012: A Report on Behalf of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Andreas Beckmann1, Anne-Kathrin Funkat2, Jana Lewandowski1, Michael Frie3, Wolfgang Schiller4, Khosro Hekmat5, Jan F. Gummert6, Friedrich Wilhelm Mohr2
  • 1German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus, Berlin, Germany
  • 2Department of Cardiac Surgery, Herzzentrum, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
  • 3FOM Hochschule fuer Oekonomie and Management, Essen, Germany
  • 4Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  • 5Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
  • 6Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart and Diabetes Center NRW, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
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18 October 2013

21 October 2013

Publication Date:
09 December 2013 (eFirst)


On the basis of a voluntary registry of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (GSTCVS), data of all cardiac surgical procedures performed in 79 German cardiac surgical units during the year 2012 are presented. In 2012, a total of 98,792 cardiac surgical procedures (ICD and pacemaker procedures excluded) were submitted to the registry. More than 13.8% of the patients were older than 80 years, which is a further increase in comparison to previous years. In-hospital mortality in 42,060 isolated coronary artery bypass grafting procedures (84.6% on-pump and 15.4% off-pump) was 2.9%. In 28,521 isolated valve procedures (including 6,804 catheter-based procedures), an in-hospital mortality of 4.8% was observed. This long-lasting registry of the GSTCVS will continue to be an important tool for quality control and voluntary public reporting by illustrating current facts and developments of cardiac surgery in Germany.