HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF MEDICINE
DEPARTMENT OF CARDIOVASCULAR AND THORACIC SURGERY

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Telephone +90 (312) 305 17 73-74
Fax +90 (312) 311 77 73
E-mail kalp-damar@hacettepe.edu.tr
URL  www.kalpdamar.hacettepe.edu.tr

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Our department and Ihsan Dogramaci Children’s Hospital was founded in 1961. Our department consists of two adult wards (Sections-54 and -64) of 48 beds, one 38-bed pediatric ward (Section-33), a 25-bed intensive care unit, three operating rooms, and three separate out-patient clinics.
Education


Our department offers postgraduate specialty training (residence) programs in both adult and pediatric cardiovascular specialty, which are accredited by the Turkish Ministry of Health, as well as the undergraduate education. There is also a fellowship program, subject to administrative legislation
Academic Staff


Prof. Dr. Mustafa Yilmaz (Head of Department)
Prof. Dr. Metin Demircin
Prof. Dr. Riza Dogan
Prof. Dr. Murat Guvener
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kerem Vural
Prof. Dr. Sadi Kaplan
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Recep Oktay Peker
Dr. Ahmet Aydin
Healthcare Services


Our leading surgeons are dedicated to both diagnose and treat various types of cardiovascular diseases, including coronary artery, heart valve, vascular diseases and congenital heart lesions which can be operated only in a limited number of leading centers in Turkey. Our department provides healthcare for about 1,400 patients, 800 adults and 600 children, annually.
Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Assit Devices Program


As an efficient way to treat end-stage heart disease, heart transplantation as well as mechanical assist devices are an integral part and indispensable component of a comprehensive cardiac surgery program, Our department has an active heart transplant and mechanical assist program for both adults and children.

Endovascular Interventional Procedures


Performed together with the interventional vascular radiology department, newly evolving interventional treatment approaches including the deployment of endovascular grafts, stents, balloons and other modalities are widely used either as stand-alone or hybride procedures in our department.
Coronary artery bypass grafting operations


Myocardial infarction and subsequent heart failure caused by coronary atherosclerosis continue to be the leading cause of death in Turkey as well as worldwide. Any stenosis or occlusion of coronary vessels, which supply the heart causes a decrease in blood flow to the heart and damages the cardiac muscle. Coronary angiography is an invaluable tool in diagnosing such lesions. Coronary artery bypass grafting surgery (CABG) is performed to re-establish blood flow to the ischemic areas, in selected patients. Either on-pump (by using the heart-lung machine on the arrested heart) or off- pump (without using the heart-lung machine, on the beating heart) surgical techniques can be used for this purpose. Usually, six units of blood are required for these operations in case that they become necessary during the operation or in the postoperative intensive care unit. During the early post-operative period, the patients are closely monitored by our specialist doctors and medical staff in our intensive care unit. Once the patient’s general condition sufficiently recovers, she/he is transferred from the intensive care unit to the clinical ward for subsequent care. The medical treatments and dietary arrangements are further adjusted in the ward and patients are often discharged within 6-8 days.
Heart Valve Surgery


Heart valve diseases can be treated surgically either by repairing or replacing the valves with a mechanical or bioprosthesis, surgically. A heart-lung machine is used in these operations, to operate in a bloodless, non-beating field under direct vision. Usually, six units of blood are required for these operations in case that they become necessary during the operation or in the postoperative intensive care unit. Under normal circumstances, the patients undergoing heart valve operations can be transferred to the ward after a 2-day close-monitoring period in the intensive care unit. The medical treatments and dietary arrangements are further adjusted in the ward and patients are often discharged within 8-10 days.
Surgery for Congenital Heart Defects


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connection anomalies, and absent or malfunctioning heart valves. Children with congenital heart defects may have cyanosis and/or consequent developmental problems. The types of congenital heart defects and their surgical treatment methods constitute a wide spectrum with various lesions and treatment strategies. Our department has a well-established reputation in this area as a center of excellence. Children of every age, including preterm and low-birth-weight newborns, are treated with individually tailored approaches with outstanding results.
Arterial Vascular Diseases


Arterial diseases, including atherosclerosis lesions, aneurysms, and dissections are also in our department’s field of expertise. Here, the gold standard diagnostic tool is angiography, an x-ray examination of the arterial tree with a special dye. Untreated patients who has arterial disease may suffer from claudication, gangrene, stroke, organ failure, limb loss or death, depending on the location and severity of the arterial disease. Among the usual surgical treatment methods are surgical removal of the occluding plaque, re-establishing the blood flow to the ischemic area by bypass grafting which may include the use of a venous or prosthetic vessel graft. The postoperative intensive care unit period and time to discharge may vary depending on the type of the operation and patient’s condition.
Venous diseases


Although there are various kinds of venous disorders, varicose veins are perhaps the most widely-known ones. All sorts of venous diseases are treated successfully in our department. Usually before any surgical venous procedure of the legs, the patients are required to obtain a pair of compression stockings. These operations can be performed either with general or spinal anesthesia, and the patients are often discharged on the first postoperative day.
Other miscellaneous diseases


Our department also performs operations for acute vascular occlusive diseases and vascular injuries with excellent outcomes.
How to contact us?


Policlinic services and clinic procedures of an outpatient basis are available from 08:00 AM to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 17:30 on a daily basis. Appointments can be arranged dialing 444 4 444 during office hours or using the "Online Appointment” via internet.
Our academic staff delivers policlinic services for which appointments can be arranged from our department secretariat or via telephone calls from the numbers depicted below.

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