About the Clinic
The Cardiac Surgery Clinic, located on the second floor of the Medicover Hospital, is intended for 19 patients.
In the Ward, there are 12 comfortable rooms for patients, including 7 single rooms, 3 double rooms, and 2 rooms for three patients.
Each room has a bathroom with a shower, a comfortable bed controlled via a handset, a nurse call system, TV and free WiFi access. All rooms in the Ward are air-conditioned, which makes the stay comfortable at any time of the year. Meals are served 3 times a day. They are individually selected taking into account doctor’s instructions. In the Ward, there is a kitchenette for patients. They can use an electric kettle and a mineral water dispenser. There is a restaurant on the ground floor of the building where patients can buy meals, drinks or sweets.
At the Cardiac Surgery Clinic, we perform a full range of cardiac procedures (excluding heart transplants) in adults. They include mainly the following:
- coronary artery bypass grafting
- valve replacement (valve repair surgery)
- treatment of valve regurgitation with the NEOCHORD method (mitral valve treatment)
- treatment of pulmonary embolism
- aortic aneurysm surgery
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)
- Percutaneous closure of atrial septal defect (ASD) and patent foramen ovale (PFO)
- Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure
- Thoracic aortic stent grafting
- Transcatheter mitral valve repair with MitraClip®
The Cardiac Surgery Clinic of the Medicover Hospital cooperates with all Polish cardiology centres treating pulmonary embolism by providing 24-hour emergency service as part of the national PERT (Pulmonary Embolism Response Team) programme. The Cardiac Surgery Clinic is a leading Polish centre for surgical treatment of thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.
State-of-the-art technologies and the experience of outstanding specialists allow us to treat even the most difficult cases from the entire field of cardiology. Our patients who are covered by the public health insurance have the opportunity to be treated in an innovative medical centre providing comprehensive services. Our team of cardiac surgeons is the only one in Poland to perform mitral valve repair procedures without extracorporeal circulation using the innovative NEOCHORD system which was introduced by Krzysztof Wróbel, MD, PhD. Doctor Wróbel has presented this method in many countries and trained doctors from all over the world in using it.
In the first days after the surgery, we provide continuous monitoring of patient’s vital signs (ECG, respiration, SpO2 – blood oxygen level) using telemetry equipment. The data are monitored by the teams on duty on collective monitors in the doctor’s room and the nurses’ station.
Minor procedures and examinations are performed in the treatment room and examination room. This ensures comfort, privacy and anonymity in accordance with the GDPR.
The postoperative rehabilitation is provided by a team of 5 top-class physiotherapy specialists. They teach the techniques of correct breathing, effective coughing exercises, stabilisation of the surgical wound, correct movement and change of position, i.e. the elements of rehabilitation necessary after the surgery. Early mobilisation speeds up recovery, therefore the first exercises start already on the first day after the surgery.
Over the eight years of the Ward’s operation, our experienced team of cardiac surgeons has performed over 3,000 operations, almost half of which have been performed in emergency, i.e. to save the patient’s life. Under the contract with the National Health Fund, the Clinic provides 24-hour emergency cardiac surgery services. All emergency cardiac conditions requiring urgent surgical intervention are treated here. They include the following:
- acute myocardial infarction;
- cute pulmonary embolism;
- acute aortic dissection;
- mechanical complications of myocardial infarction (acute mitral valve regurgitation, left ventricular rupture);
- acute heart failure;
- acute respiratory distress syndrome;
- iInfective endocarditis;
- cardiac tamponade.
The Cardiac Surgery Clinic also provides planned treatment. The planned procedure includes qualification and preparation for surgery, the operation and postoperative treatment with rehabilitation until the patient is discharged. The following treatment and surgical interventions are performed as part of the planned procedure:
- treatment of coronary heart disease (bypass grafting) using a classical and minimally-invasive method (MIDCAB) or a hybrid method (combination of MIDCAB surgery and stent implantation);
- treatment of acquired heart defects using minimally-invasive methods: repair and replacement of the mitral, aortic and tricuspid valve;
- treatment of heart valve defects using transcatheter methods, including transapical mitral valve repair surgery on a beating heart using the Neochord method;
- ascending and aortic arch aneurysm surgery;
- treatment of thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary embolism;
- surgical treatment of congenital defects;
- treatment of pericardial diseases;
- treatment of heart tumours.
Why is it worth choosing the Cardiac Surgery Clinic of the Medicover Hospital:
- a team of outstanding specialists – cardiac surgeons, perfusionists, operating-theatre attendants, nurses and physiotherapists
- 350 doctors and 280 nurses at the Medicover Hospital
- Intensive Care Unit with 16 beds
- more than 4,000 operations, most of them urgent and life-saving
- the only centre in Poland performing mitral valve repair using the minimally-invasive NEOCHORD method
- first in Poland cardiac operations assisted by the da Vinci surgical robot
- cooperation with numerous centres in Poland and abroad
- scientific activity – a significant contribution to the development of Polish cardiac surgery
Our cardiac surgeons are supported by a team of certified perfusionists, operating-theatre attendants, nurses and physiotherapists who provide perioperative care at a very high level.
Patients’ safety is monitored by a team of 19 experienced and highly qualified nurses, the vast majority of whom are specialised in cardiac or anaesthetic nursing. In nursing and hygienic activities, the nursing team is supported by three medical caregivers who also take care of the well-being of our patients.
The nursing team is headed by Magdalena Jałocha, MSc, a cardiac nursing specialist.