The services

of the Institute for Anesthesiology



6700

patients annually receive anesthesia during our operations

Safe and Gentle Anesthesia

Cardiac surgery often presents particular challenges for the anesthetist, since most patients already have a weakened heart and circulation and the operations are often complex and long. As a result it is important for our anesthesiologists to have great experience, be familiar with the most modern procedures and to be prepared to constantly update their skills and knowledge.

Our everyday tasks include operations for severe congenital heart defects, which are often necessary in newborn children and infants. Thanks to decades of experience and intensive research we can perform anesthesia for difficult procedures as safely and gently as possible.

A further focus of our activities is the intraoperative monitoring of brain function. This involves measuring the perfusion, oxygen supply and brain waves during the operation, using different procedures, so that changes can be reacted to swiftly and effectively.

Forms of Anesthesia

Our team specializes in all the operations that are performed in patients with cardiovascular diseases. These include such diverse patient groups as prematurely born and newly born infants, patients with severe existing diseases and emergency patients.

We also manage the anesthesia for transplantations and the implantation of mechanical circulatory support devices. Here you can learn about what “anesthesia” means, the different forms of anesthesia and when they are applied. 

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Operation Management and the Recovery Room

Our Department is responsible for coordinating the work of personnel from all the disciplines involved in a heart operation and for caring for the patients in the recovery room.

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Steps in Anesthesia

Here are more details about the course of the anesthesia at different points in time in our patients.

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Bodily Function Monitoring

Heart operations require close monitoring of the patient’s circulation and the major organ systems, since there may be sudden changes in the circulation during the operation. Here we explain how our patients’ physical functions are continuously monitored during and after an operation.

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As Little Donor Blood as Possible

Operations on the heart often cause considerable loss of blood. Although the transfusion of donor blood rarely carries the risk of disease transmission these days, it may prolong the course of recovery after the operation. We therefore aim to avoid blood transfusions or to reduce them to a minimum.

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