We provide professional support in Cardiovascular Surgery.
Yeditepe University Hospital Department of Cardiovascular
Surgery offers our international patients world-class solutions to cardiac and
vascular disease, and the superb conditions provided by our team of
academicians and specialists trained in the use of the world’s most advanced
technologies and techniques. Our Adult Heart Surgery Department’s experienced
specialist team is a reference point in terms of excellence in the fields of
by-pass surgery, heart valve operations and aorta surgery.
The department’s success is supported by an experienced team of cardiac anesthesiologists and an
Intensive Care Unit equipped with the most advanced equipment available to
modern medical science. Our international patients are able to recover with all
the comforts of home in specially equipped luxury private rooms with every
medical and concierge service the press of a button away.
The concept of a dynamic “Heart Team” composed
of cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons as the basis to effective
diagnosis and treatment has rapidly spread throughout the most developed health
care centers of the world, and is increasingly demanded by patients seeking the
most successful treatment for heart conditions. The Yeditepe University Hospital
Heart Team has been formed with the aim of providing international patients
with a world class interdisciplinary service to maximize the success and
comfort of their treatment.
The Yeditepe University Hospital Heart Team periodically conducts detailed assessments of each
patient’s data and condition in order to ensure their treatment under the most
The Yeditepe University Hospital Heart Team facilitates international patients’ diagnosis and treatment
by bringing together all the available human and technological resources of the
Yeditepe University Hospital across the range of medical specialties but
centering on the core team of cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons.
“Hybrid Surgery” – the simultaneous performance of different types of
surgery – is carried out at the specially equipped and designed “hybrid
operating theater”, while in appropriate cases angiographic vascular
examinations are carried out after by-pass surgery without the patient leaving
the operating theater. 4-dimensional echocardiographic assessment of the heart
valves can be conducted straight after heart valve surgery, enabling the
patient to leave the operating theater without delay. As well as offering more
traditional methods and techniques when required, Yeditepe University Hospital
is at the forefront of international innovations in the field of cardiovascular
The Yeditepe University Hospital Heart Team is also experienced in the field of aortic valve
replacement and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI).
The coronary arteries are the vessels that feed the heart
muscle. Constriction or blockage of these vessels, which have a diameter of 1-2
mm, can obstruct the supply of blood to the heart muscles, leading to heart
dysfunction, chest pain known as “angina pectoris”, and most
significantly heart attack and sudden death. The recommended treatment methods
for cases of arterial narrowing and blockage that require intervention are
balloon / stent applications, and by-pass surgery. The treatment should be
implemented as soon as possible after the patient has been diagnosed, in order
to prevent further damage to the heart muscle.
Coronary artery bypass surgery is a surgical procedure
performed to relieve angina and reduce the risk of death from coronary artery
disease. Arteries or veins from elsewhere in the patient’s body, especially the
legs and chest region, are grafted to the coronary arteries to bypass
atherosclerotic narrowings and improve the blood supply to the coronary
circulation supplying the myocardium (heart muscle). The use of chest arteries
is important in the long-term success of the operation. Operations using chest
arteries have been shown to have a 10-year survival rate of 92% while the
figure for leg veins is 50-60%.
In contrast to the traditional approach in which only
arteries and veins from the left side are used, the Yeditepe University
Hospital Cardiovascular Surgery department has a team that is highly trained
and accomplished in the simultaneous use of chest arteries from both the left
and right sides. In addition, our team is experienced in carrying out
successful “Beating Heart” by-pass surgery.
In most cases, patients are admitted to the hospital one
day prior to surgery for preparation. International patients may be admitted
some time before this, and they will in any case be assisted by their dedicated
Recovery Specialists throughout the process. After 1-2 days under observation
in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, patients are generally discharged 5-7 days
The heart valves ensure the correct one-way flow of blood
between the heart chambers, and to the organs of the body. Congenital or
acquired narrowing of the heart valves (obstructing the flow of blood to the
organs that it feeds) or valve failure (in which the correct one-way flow is
disrupted and blood flows back in the reverse direction) can occur.
Dysfunctional valves require intervention before they disrupt cardiac function
or as soon as any such effect is observed. Otherwise, valve failure may cause
irreversible damage to cardiac function.
Valve repair is the preferred treatment method for valve failure, without replacing the valve. But
in cases where this is not possible the diseased valve has to be surgically
replaced with a prosthetic valve. The most commonly affected valves in adults
are the aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves. There are two types of prosthetic
valve: mechanical (metal) and biologic (manufactured from animal tissue). The
type of prosthesis to be used is decided upon based on consultations with the
patient and based on the patient’s condition and characteristics. The
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) method is an important recent
development that is preferred for high-risk surgery on the aortic valve,
especially in older patients, as it allows replacement without opening the
chest. The Yeditepe University Hospital Heart Team has accumulated considerable
experience in carrying out TAVI surgery.
The aorta is the main artery carrying blood from the
heart to the organs. Aortic disease can be life-threatening and requires urgent
intervention as soon as it is diagnosed. Any delay can have undesired
consequences, including the loss of the patient.
Aortic Aneurism and Aortic Dissection surgery can only be carried out at advanced surgical centers. The
Yeditepe University Hospital Aortic Surgery unit is highly experienced in every
aspect of the field.