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Patient care

Inside this area you will find all the useful information that aims to make your stay at Cardiocentro more comfortable.


With the synergy of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and cardioestestists, the Cardio Center can offers less invasive surgical techniques and the most up-to-date intervention procedures.


Managed by a no-profit foundation integrated into the cantonal healthcare service, Cardiocentro Ticino is a state-of-the-art, highly specialized university clinic in Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Cardioestesthesia

Operating Room Service

Operating Room Service

The fast-track procedure, applied to cardiac patients undergoing surgery at Cardiocentro, is an accelerated procedure that reduces hospital stays and accelerates the recovery of the patient. The first programme implemented at Cardiocentro is the rapid post-op weaning from ventilator. Thanks to the use of state-of-the-art ventilators endowed with modern self-monitoring programmes, a patient can be weaned in 2-to-3 hours -therefore, much faster than with the traditional cardiac anaesthesia.

The optimisation of post-operative analgesia allows the patient chest movement without any particular pain, thanks to the introduction of the “combined” technique with peridural anaesthesia, to limit as much as possible post-operative pain and guarantee fast patient mobilization. This particular technique, though not widespread in cardiac anaesthesia, proves very promising in specific areas, such as minimally invasive surgery, where patients are often woken up while still on the operating table.

Objectives reached in the operating room

  • Perioperative echocardiography
  • Fast-track with locoregional technique (peridural)
  • Anaesthesiologic support for “minimally invasive” surgery according to the Heart port technique
Cardiocentro Ticino

Via Tesserete 48
CH-6900 Lugano

Contact and information

Department secretariat

Tel. +41 (0)91 805 31 83
Fax +41 (0)91 805 31 81

Mrs. Elisa Spina

Mrs. Serenella Calanchini

Mrs. Francesca Galentino




Prof. Dr. Tiziano Cassina
Head of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

Medical Direction