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Cardiovascular Surgery

Specialized medical services

SAWA Yoshiki Director of Cardiovascular Surgery

SAWA Yoshiki
Director of Cardiovascular Surgery

In addition to general cardiovascular diseases (coronary artery disease, valvular disease, aortic disease, congenital heart disease), with advanced medical technology we perform heart/lung transplantation, implantation of ventricular assist devices, and regenerative therapy in patients with advanced heart failure.
In the general clinic, several physicians are responsible for individual specialized clinical sections. We are able to accept all patients with cardiovascular diseases indicated for surgical procedures.
Cardiovascular surgical operations are performed from Tuesday to Friday, amounting to about 500 cases per year. Since the dawn of cardiovascular surgery in 1950s in Japan we have performed open heart surgery, and we have followed up with patients postoperatively over several decades.

Features

In regard to advanced heart failure, our institute is one of several centers where heart transplantation and ventricular assist device implantation are performed. We have actively introduced advanced surgical technologies such as implantable ventricular assist devices and regenerative therapy in cooperation with Cardiovascular Medicine.
Endovascular stenting is actively performed in patients with aortic aneurysm. For the first time in Japan, we have introduced transcatheter aortic valve replacement in patients who have severe aortic stenosis and cannot tolerate open heart surgery. We can provide compromised patients, who cannot tolerate open heart surgery, with such less invasive therapies. Patients in serious condition who are not indicated for surgical procedures may undergo these advanced medical techniques.
We systematically engage in close follow-up from newborn to adulthood in close cooperation with Pediatric Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Obstetrics & Gynecology. We also perform minimally invasive open heart surgery to minimize the surgical wound cosmetically and provide surgical and medical therapies to patients with congenital heart disease.

Considerations in referring your patients to Cardiovascular Surgery

We actively accept all patients with acute myocardial infarction or aortic dissection, or those who require an emergency procedure, as well as those with serious cardiac failure who require IV inotropics, aortic balloon pumping, or a percutaneous extracorporeal circulation system. In critical cases, we will promptly send our staff to your hospital in order to check the patient’s condition and confirm the patient’s own wishes and the family’s wishes before transferring the patient to our hospital. Please make arrangements for this when needed.

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Guide for Visitors
Outpatient consultation days
Monday to Friday
Non-consultation days
Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays
New Year’s Holidays:
Dec. 29 to Jan. 3
Consultation times
First visit: 8:30 am to 11:00 am

First-time visitors to Osaka University Hospital must have a referral from a physician.

Revisit: 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Revisit with appointment: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

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