Cardiothoracic Surgery

Surgeries on the chest area are performed by cardiothoracic surgeons at the Erasmus MC’s renowned Thorax Center. The departments of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiology and Pulmonary Diseases at the Erasmus MC together constitute the Thorax Center, which was established in 1971.

Cardiothoracic Surgery at Erasmus MC

Every year, the Thorax Center admits around 6500 adult patients and serves more than 38 000 adults in the outpatient clinic. We provide integrated care for patients with diseases of the heart, lungs, great vessels, mediastinum and trachea, in adults as well as children. In order to ensure that our patients receive the most comprehensive care, we offer an optimally personalized treatment plan for each patient. This plan is devised during our daily Heart Team meetings or our multidisciplinary medical team. We decide upon the most favorable treatment strategy through multidisciplinary consensus.

Please feel free to contact us for any disease or disorder related to cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery or pulmonology.

Our specialisms include:

Heart valve disease

We offer the full range of possible treatments for disorders involving any of the heart valves. In our extensive program we perform valve replacement and repair by open chest surgery, minimally invasive/ heart portal surgery and by transcatheter valve interventions. These include the Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve (TAVI) intervention and MitraClip implantation.

Coronary disease

Treatments within this program consist mainly of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) and coronary bypass surgery.

Heart rhythm disorders/ Arrhythmia

We treat patients with all kind of heart rhythm disorders. Depending on the type of rhythm disorder, we perform operative ablations (MAZE surgery) or catheter ablations. In this program, we also perform pacemaker and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantations. The department of electrophysiology is the largest academic electrophysiological diagnostic research center in the Netherlands.

Great vessel disorders

A multidisciplinary team of physicians discusses patients with disorders of the thoracic aorta. Treatments are tailored to the patient’s specific needs. Our treatments include open chest surgery for aortic arch disorders or endovascular treatments with stenting. Patients with connective tissue disorders are also treated in this program.

Heart failure

A dedicated team of specialists is responsible for the care of heart failure patients. We perform heart replacement therapy, heart transplantations and implantation of Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs).

Congenital heart disease

Erasmus MC treats patients of all ages with congenital heart disease. Newborns and children up to the age of 18 are treated at the Erasmus MC – Sophia Children`s Hospital. We operate on around 450-500 congenital heart disease patients each year. Patients may be treated with percutaneous techniques as well.

More about the Thorax Center at Erasmus MC

The Erasmus MC is one of the largest tertiary care and academic hospitals in the Netherlands. Our cardiologists, pediatric cardiologists, pulmonologists and our 12 cardiothoracic surgeons strive to perform to the highest quality of care. Our hospital can proudly offer the services of highly specialized medical professionals for the treatment of complex and rare diseases.

Our Medical Expertise

Thorax Center has all 9 Dutch licenses for special medical procedures (WBMV licenses) to perform any type of cardiac or pulmonary procedure. Our treatment protocols have been validated and are regularly updated according to new evidence, institutional experience and through continuously on-going research.

Affiliated Departments and Expertise Centers

  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonary Diseases

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