HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF MEDICINE
DEPARTMENT OF CARDIOVASCULAR AND THORACIC SURGERY

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery

The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Hacettepe University Hospital and Ihsan Dogramaci Pediatric Hospital was founded in 1961. Our department consists of two adult wards (Sec. 54 and 64) with 48 bed capacity, one pediatric ward (Sec. 33), with 38 bed capacity, one intensive care unit, with 25 bed capacity, three operating theatres and three separate out-patient clinics.

Services

Our leading surgeons both diagnose and treat various types of cardiovascular diseases including coronary artery, heart valve and vascular diseases and also congenital heart diseases, which can only be treated in unique centres in Turkey. Each year, our surgeons care for around 1,400 patients (800 adults and 600 children).    

Coronary artery bypass operations

Myocardial infarction and heart failure, which are due to coronary atherosclerosis, are leading causes of death both in Turkey and worldwide. Narrowing or occlusion of coronary vessels decrease coronary blood flow to the heart and deteriorates cardiac function. Occluded vessels are diagnosed with coronary angiography. Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is performed to re-establish blood flow in selected patients either by using heart-lung machine or with off-pump surgical technique. Six units of blood is required for these operations. During the post-operative period, all patients are followed up by specialist doctors and medical staff in our intensive care unit. Once patients’ general condition improve they are sent to ward for further care. Medical treatments and dietary arrangements are adjusted in the ward and patients are discharged within 6-8 days.
Surgical treatment of heart valves

Disorders of heart valves can be treated in our department either by surgical repair or heart valve replacement (mechanical or bioprosthesis). Heart-lung machine is used in these type of operations. Six units of blood is required for these operations. Patients stay two days in the intensive care unit following heart valve operations. Once patients’ general condition improve they are sent to ward for further care. Medical treatments and dietary arrangements are adjusted in the ward and patients are discharged within 8-10 days.

Surgery for congenital heart defects

Congenital heart defects arise from developmental disorders during pregnancy and include various defects between the heart chambers, vessel connection anomalies and absent or malfunctioning heart valves. Children with congenital heart defects may have cyanosis and/or developmental anomalies. There are various kinds of defects and treatment strategies in congenital heart surgery.  Our department deals with almost every procedure available for the treatment of pediatric heart disease and defects. We care for children of every age, including preterm and low-birth-weight newborns, tailoring procedures and treatments according to the needs of each individual child and his or her family.

Arterial vascular diseases

Arterial vascular diseases mainly consist of atherosclerosis, aneurysms and dissections of arteries. Gold standard diagnostic tool is angiography. Lack of treatment may cause claudication, gangrene, stroke, organ failure or death according to the region involved. Main treatment options include surgical removal of the occluding plaque and bypass by using venous or prosthetic vessels. Postoperative intensive care unit and hospital stay are decided depending on the performed operation. 

Venous diseases

Although there are various kinds of venous diseases, varicose veins are the most known ones. All kinds of venous diseases are treated successfully in our department. One pair of compression stocking should be obtained by the patient prior to varicose vein operations of the leg. These operations can be performed either with general or spinal anaesthesia and patients are discharged on postoperative first day.

Other diseases

Our department also performs operations for acute vascular occlusive diseases and vascular injuries with very good outcomes.

How can I Benefit from the Service?

Outpatient clinic examinations are given continuously from 08:00 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 17:30 on every Wednesdays and Fridays. Examination and check-up appointments can be received by dialing 444 4 444 during office hours or by clicking the ‘Online Appointment’ link. 

Academic members’ examination and check-up appointments can be received by personally applying to outpatient secretariat or via the telephone numbers given below.

Department of Thoracic Surgery

The Department of Thoracic Surgery was founded in 2001 and it has been offering treatment and education services at Hacettepe University adult hospital. Our leading surgeons both diagnose and treat various types of congenital and acquired thoracic diseases including both benign and malignant disorders of the lungs, pleura, thoracic wall and cavity (Mediastinum).

Services

Malignant Lung Diseases

Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Turkey and worldwide. Lung cancer within the operability limits (Early stage) can be treated successfully in our department. Surgical procedures can be palliative or curative. On average 2-4 units of blood is required for these kind of operations. During the post-operative period, all patients are followed up by specialist doctors and medical staff in our intensive care unit. Once patients’ general condition improve they are sent to ward for further care. Medical treatments and dietary arrangements are adjusted in the ward and patients are discharged within 6-8 days.

Benign Lung Diseases

Benign lung diseases are also treated in our department with excellent outcomes. Two to four units of blood is required for these kind of operations. Average post-operative stay is one day following these operations. Medical treatments and dietary arrangements are adjusted in the ward and patients are discharged within 6-8 days.

Treatment of Congenital Thoracic Diseases

Congenital defects arise from developmental disorders during pregnancy and mainly include pectus excavatum (sunken or hollowed chest) and pectus carinatum (pigeon chest). Congenital chest wall deformities, which can be repaired surgically, can both result in cardiac and respiratory dysfunction and severe psychological distress because of the imperfect physical appearance they lead to.

Other Diseases

Myastenia graves is a common disease of the thoracic cavity (Mediastinum) and caused by self-attack of the immune system towards the thymus gland. Surgical removal of the thymus gland in the mainstream treatment of this disease.

How can I Benefit from the Service?

Outpatient clinic examinations are given continuously from 08:00 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 17:30 on every Wednesdays and Fridays. Examination and check-up appointments can be received by dialing 444 4 444 during office hours or by clicking the ‘Online Appointment’ link. 

Academic members’ examination and check-up appointments can be received by personally applying to outpatient secretariat or via the telephone numbers given below.

 

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Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Sıhhiye, 06100 Ankara
Telefon: +90 (312) 305 10 80 - Faks: +90 (312) 310 05 80
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