Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Heart surgery has been carried out at Örebro University Hospital since 1987. The Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery was founded in its present form on the 1st of May 2004, by combining the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Department of Thorax Anesthesiology and Intensive Care. We carry out 1250 surgical procedures every year, 600 of which are heart surgery, about 100 are lung surgery, 350 are various pacemaker procedures, and 200 are other types of procedures.

The department consists of a surgical suite, a ward, a thorax intensive care unit, and an administrative unit. The department has 150 employees, including 18 physicians, nine specialists in thoracic surgery, and nine specialists in thoracic anesthesiology. The on-call physician can be reached via the hospital's switchboard. 

We carry out all types of open thoracic surgery, with the exception of thoracic surgery in children and heart transplantations. The largest patient groups are those with coronary disease, valve diseases, or dilatation or disease in the thoracic aorta. We also treat patients with lung diseases, especially lung cancer and pneumothorax. In addition, the department accepts patients with deformities of the thoracic cage, such as pectus excavatum. We carry out all types of pacemaker procedures including implantation of ICDs and CRTs. Finally, we also implant SCSs (spinal cord stimulators) in patients with refractory angina pectoris.

The patients come from both our own catchment area and other parts of Sweden. Our aim is to give our patients the best possible care regardless of where they live.

Most of our research is focused on the prevention of complications in heart surgery, such as occlusion of grafts and heart failure, wound infections, and dysrhythmia.

Our goal is to offer treatment and care of the highest quality. We follow our results via the Swedish Heart Surgery Register and our own quality control. 

Page revised Monday, January 28, 2013

Content manager: Anders Ahlsson

Published by Anita Pettersson

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Department Head

Anders Ahlsson

Switchboard: +46 19 602 10 00