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We are not just responsible for putting patients to sleep during surgery, but also play an active role in preparing patients for surgery, monitoring the cardiovascular system during the procedure and post-operative patient care, including the administration of pain therapy. Due to its wide-ranging roles and responsibilities, the members of our department of anesthesiology actively provide care in the surgical intensive care units.
A total of nine operating rooms, which includes the pediatric cardiac operating room, are served by the department, which is headed by Dr. Jörg Ender. Our specially trained pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, apart from the pediatric cardiac surgeons, play a very important role in the tremendous success of our surgical team that treats children.
Total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA), as well as the heart-lung machine, is used for surgeries. For quick interventions and surgeries without the heart-lung machine, a combination of inhalational anesthetics or very briefly working opioids can be used. Our anesthesiologists perform minute-to-minute monitoring of patients during surgery using various gadgets that not only measure the patient’s vital functions, but also assess other important parameters involving the circulatory system, the lungs, kidneys, liver, and brain activity. Our anesthesiologists also have expertise in intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography that helps assess both, the pump function of the heart and the structure of its valves. It is particularly invaluable in evaluating the quality and adequacy of heart valve repairs before the patient leaves the operating room.