This text describes and illustrates with some 700 detailed anatomic and surgical drawings the whole spectrum of surgical procedures employed to treat acquired and congenital diseases of the heart and great vessels in adults and children.
A rather traditional chapter on history of cardiac surgery precedes chapters dedicated to quality improvement, followed by ICU management in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery, and techniques of extracorporeal circulation in both age groups.
Further special topics are cardiovascular tissue engineering, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, endovascular treatment of aortic diseases, and cardiac assist devices, including total artificial heart.
Written by 71 internationally recognized experts from 40 cardiac units in Central Europe and North America, this book will be invaluable not only for both novice and experienced surgeons, but also for all physicians, nurses, and technicians caring for patients with heart disease of any type, at any age.
Gerhard Ziemer, MD, PhD, is currently Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is also Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Comer Children's Hospital and Director of Adult Congenital Heart Surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Prior to moving to Chicago, he served for 15 years as Professor of Surgery and Director of the Department Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery at Eberhard-Karls University, Tübingen, Germany. Dr. Ziemer specializes in a wide range of congenital cardiac surgery procedures, including complex, primary, and multistage repair in newborns as well as primary and repeat surgery in adults. In 1989, he performed the first successful neonatal autograft aortic valve replacement (Ross operation) in the world. Each year Dr. Ziemer visits Lima, Peru, to operate on 20-25 children with congenital heart disease, and he is an Honorary Professor at the National University of San Marcos in Lima. Dr. Ziemer has been involved in many international scientific societies and academic boards. Since 2005 he has been an Examiner in Cardiac Surgery for the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons. He was a member of the Founding Governing Council of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery and also is a member of the editorial board for the World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery.
Axel Haverich, MD is a Professor of Medicine and Surgery and serves as Director of the Department of Cardiac, Thoracic, Transplantatiion, and Vascular Surgery. Prof. Haverich serves as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board at Vital Sensors, Inc. He served as president for various national and international societies. He studied at Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany.
INTRODUCTION.- TECHNICAL PREREQUISITES.- Principles and Evolution of Extracorporeal Circulation.- Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering.- Adult Intensive Care Medicine in Cardiac Surgery .- Intensive Care Medicine in Pediatric.- CONGENITAL ANOMALIES OF HEART AND GREAT VESSELS.- Surgery for Congenital Heart Defects.- Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Drainage and Congenital Abnormalities of Atria, Atrioventricular Septum and AV-Valves.- Functional Univentricular Heart and Fontan Circulation.- Ventricular Septal Defects.- Anomalies of the Right Ventricular Outflow Tract.- Anomalies of the Left Ventricular Outflow Tract.- Aortic Atresia, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, and Hypoplastic Left Heart Complex.- Common Arterial Trunk.- D-Transposition of the Great Vessels and Congenitally Corrected Transposition.- Anomalies of the Coronary Arteries and Coronary Diseases in Children and Adolescents.- Anomalies of the Great Intrathoracic Vessels .- AQUIRED DISEASES OF HEART AND GREAT VESSELS.- Coronary Heart Disease.- Left Ventricular Reconstruction and Conventional Surgery for Cardiac Failure.