24h emergency switchboard: +41 (0) 91 811 51 11 info.icct@eoc.ch
Patient care

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


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

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In this area you will find all the news and information about the initiatives promoted by Cardiocentro.

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Cardiac Surgery

The cardiac surgery department performs procedures to treat heart diseases available 24/7 to deal with any kind of emergencies

Valve Surgery

Surgical treatment of cardiac valve disease is a major pillar of the Department of Cardiac Surgery. Thanks to significant improvements in science and technology, our standard surgical approach has evolved in the last years: all patients are considered candidates for minimally invasive surgery. Only in case of contraindications surgery is proposed and performed in the traditional manner (full sternotomy, i.e. complete longitudinal division of the breast bone).

There are several techniques for less invasive surgical access to the heart valves. They all have in common that, compared to the traditional approach, they result in better stability of the thorax and a faster recovery of normal daily life after surgery. Application of these access techniques requires a change of concept and mental attitude in the whole surgical and anaesthesiology team. This process has been successfully accomplished and we are proud to offer the minimally invasive approach as our standard approach to valve surgery at the same high safety standards compared to the traditional approach.

Below you can find some notes on special techniques and approaches.

Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino

Via Tesserete 48
CH-6900 Lugano

Contact and information

Cardiac Surgery Service Office

Ms. Chantal Zurfluh
Tel. +41 (0)91 811 51 44
Fax +41 (0)91 811 51 48


Prof. Dr. Stefanos Demertzis
Head of Cardiac Surgery Cardiac Surgery

Scientific Director