Univ.-Prof. Dr Christian-Friedrich Vahl
Director
Specialist in Cardiac Surgery
Mainz, Germany

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Heart Surgery Specialist Prof. Vahl Mainz, Germany

Treatment focus

  • Complex aortic surgery (aorta = main artery, e.g. replacement of the main artery, therapy for aortic aneurysms, large stenoses/constrictions, PAOD of the major abdominal vessels)
  • Aortic valve reconstruction, minimally invasive aortic valve surgery (MIS-AVR), heart valve replacement, catheter-based heart valve therapy (TAVI)
  • Minimally invasive bypass operations (MIDCAB), open bypass operations for coronary heart disease (CHD)
  • Heart insufficiency surgery with heart chamber reconstruction
  • Rhythm surgery (e.g. in cases of an AV block, tachycardic rhythm disturbances)
  • Children's heart surgery in cases of congenital heart defects
  • Secondary surgery

Medical range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Basic cardiological diagnostics (blood pressure, ECG, resting ECG, ECG under stress, ECG over 24 hours)
  • Heart catheters
  • Imaging techniques: (computed tomography, MRI, ultrasound examination/heart echo (transthoracic, transoesophageal))

 

Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Minimally invasive and open-surgery procedures on the heart, thorax and blood vessels.
  • For cases of coronary heart disease: balloon dilatation (PTCA), stenting, bypass operations
  • Valve reconstruction, heart valve replacement (mechanical and biological heart valves)
  • Anatomical reconstruction for congenital heart defects (children's heart surgery)
  • Close interdisciplinary collaboration with other specialist disciplines (e.g. cardiologists, angiologists, pulmonologists, radiologists)

About

Univ.-Prof. Dr Christian-Friedrich Vahl is a specialist in cardiac surgery and Director of the Clinic and Polyclinic for Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at the University Medical Centre of Mainz.

Prof. Vahl and his team always work closely together with other specialist disciplines at the University Medical Centre, such as cardiologists, angiologists, radiologists and pathologists. Thus patients are always granted the best possible treatment that reflects the current state of scientific knowledge.

Utmost Expertise in Minimally Invasive Coronary Surgery

Prof. Vahl and his team rely on the very latest developments in heart surgery in order to make surgeries less traumatic and to minimise the risks. This becomes immediately apparent for the patients in the field of minimally invasive surgery. Thanks to smaller incisions in the skin, patients require significantly less post-operative pain-relief, are more quickly resilient again, and results are good in comparison to the standard open-chest operations that were previously customary.

Heart surgery under Prof. Vahl has been making use of state-of-the-art minimally invasive technology for bypass operations for 3 years already. The patient's chest is not opened up, as was previously customary, nor is the circulatory system linked up to a heart-lung machine; rather, the patient’s "clogged" arteries are operated upon through only small incisions. This technique is significantly less invasive and is associated with fewer complications, with the result that patients feel fit again after the surgery more quickly than when compared to classic open bypass operations. With this expertise, Prof. Vahl is ranked among the best in his area of speciality.

Specialist in Heart Valve Reconstruction and Replacement

Similarly, the Mainz cardiac surgeons, with their years of experience, carry out minimally invasive aortic valve replacement surgery. Aortic valve stenosis is the most common form of change that valves undergo and causes older patients, in particular, serious symptoms that limit their quality of life. Patients complain of (among other things) stabbing chest pain, shortness of breath, and frequently also of circulatory collapse.

Heart valve insufficiencies (= heart valve leakage) can be reconstructed at the University Medical Centre of Mainz. This often saves patients from having artificial heart valves, which would have had the effect of thinning the blood over the course of the rest of the patient's life – biological replacement valves would need to be replaced after approximately ten years. By modifying the body's own heart valve, which is in part already possible with minimal invasiveness, patients are given the most natural option.

Heart Surgery forYoung and Old

Another important aspect of Prof. Vahl's area of speciality is surgery for congenital heart defects. In this field, for example, children with congenital valve defects, cardiac abnormalities (abnormal shunts) or embryonic malformations of the heart (e.g. transposition of the great arteries, tetralogy of fallot, aortic and pulmonary stenoses) are cared for and treated. Early care from experienced specialists is essential here in order to prevent long-term consequences such as pulmonary hypertension, irreversible heart insufficiency (heart failure) or brain damage due to reduced availability of oxygen. In addition, the young patients and their parents are provided for as best as possible in the children's clinic, with patient-oriented care. In the meantime, the technical possibilities of paediatric surgery are now immense - the surgeons can usually heal through interventions on a child's heart and prevent consequential damage, compared to previous years, when operations could, for the most part, merely mitigate or relieve the situation.

Christian Vahl was voted "Mainz person of the year", which once again underlines the human as well as professional expertise of our specialists.

For more information, please visit Prof. Vahl's website.

Curriculum vitae

1975-1981

Medical studies at the University Clinic of Göttigen and the University Clinic of Heidelberg

1979–1981

Year of study at the Complutense University of Madrid.

1981-1984

Foundational scientific training at the University of Hamburg's Institute for Physiology

1984-1988

Clinical further training at the German Heart Centre Munich and at Augsburg Clinic

1986

Award of Dr doctorate

1988-2004

University clinic of Heidelberg

1995

Habilitation

2002

Appointment as Adjunct Professor at the University of Heidelberg

2004 – today

Director of the Clinic for Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at The University Medical Centre of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Medical team

  • Prof. Dr Bernhard Dorweiler
    Chief Senior Physician for HTV, Head of Vascular Surgery
  • PD Dr Fritz Dünschede
    Chief Senior Physician of Vascular Surgery
  • Dr Hassan Ammar
    Senior Physician of Heart Surgery
  • Prof. Dr Andres Beiras Fernandez
    Chief Senior Physician for Heart Surgery, Head of Section for Special Heart Surgery
  • Dr Halem El Beyrouti
    Specialist Physician for Heart Surgery
  • Dr Marwan Youssef
    Senior Physician, Head of Endovascular Surgery
  • Prof. Dr Ullrich Hake
    Head of Section for Thoracic Surgery

Location

Mainz Central Railway Station

2 km

Frankfurt am Main Airport

36 km


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Univ.-Prof. Dr Christian-Friedrich Vahl
Director

University Medical Centre of Mainz
Clinic and Polyclinic for Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery
Langenbeckstraße 1, D-55131 Mainz

T: +49 6131 17 32 08
F: +49 6131 17 36 26
E: vahl@primomedico.com

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