The Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery specialises in thoracic and vascular surgery.
The department has 70 beds, a semi-intensive unit, a surgical ward, a perfusion unit, a centre for anticoagulation treatment and a research unit.

The department has three focus areas within their clinical treatments:

Aortic diseases and thoracoabdominal aneurysms

The repair of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms is centralised in Denmark to our university-affiliated surgical department. We perform approximately 15-20 of these repairs annually. The surgical protocol includes cerebrospinal fluid drainage, distal aortic and selective organ perfusion, as well as monitoring of motor evoked potentials. The team consists of dedicated vascular and cardiac surgeons, anaesthesiologists, cardiologists, and interventional radiologists. The Department of Neurophysiology provides the neurological monitoring.

Pectus excavatum/carinatum

The surgical correction with the original Nuss-procedure of Pectus Excavatum was started i 2001, but very soon the technique was modified with use of a shorter bar; this is now the standard method. More than 1100 patients have now undergone the procedure at the department, and the department is used to teach the surgical technique to surgeons from many countries. The results of the procedure, quality of life and the physiological impact on the cardiac performance are studied after the correction of Pectus Excavatum.

Cardiovascular rehabilitation

The Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery has a unit that provides interdisciplinary and highly specialised post-surgical rehabilitation to cardiac patients. The rehabilitation programme is evidence-based and encompasses counselling on exercise and diet by nurses and physiotherapists. Furthermore, the unit performs examinations and tests to evaluate and follow-up on the effects of the programme.

The rehabilitation unit collaborates with other hospitals and municipalities in Central Denmark Region on patient pathways, professional development and research.

The rehabilitation unit performs research in close collaboration with the Department of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy concerning:

  • The effect of rehabilitation
  • Patient education
  • Physical activity and mobilisation
  • Exercise and training modalities
  • Activities of daily living
  • Assessment of functional capacity and health-related quality of life
  • Telemedicine in rehabilitation
  • Validation of measurement methods