Cardiovascular Surgery Department

Message from the director

The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery of Okayama University was established to provide the best surgery for patients having heart and vascular disease. We have extensive experience in the care of patients with heart and vascular diseases of various kinds. Our policy is to provide comprehensive heart and vascular surgery for patients.


Cardiovascular Surgery Department

Shingo Kasahara

Scope of Target Diseases

Our department specifically treats heart and vascular disease of any kind.
1. Congenital heart surgery
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), atrial septum defect (ASD), ventricular septum defect (VSD), tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD), total anomalous of pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC), transposition of the great arteries (TGA), single ventricle (includes hypoplastic left heart syndrome), complex heart anomalies, and severe heart failure requiring repair.
2. Adult congenital heart surgery
Pulmonary valve regurgitation after repair for tetralogy of Fallot, long-term complications after repair for congenital heart disease during or after adolescence, for example, anti-arrhythmia therapy for a single ventricle.
3. Adult heart surgery
Valvular disease, coronary artery disease, thoracic aortic aneurysm, aortic dissection, arrhythmia. Minimally invasive surgery will be introduced for aortic and mitral valve surgery.
4. Vascular surgery
Aortic aneurysm, arteriosus sclerosis obliterans, varix, venous malformation. Any kind of systemic artery or venous disease is treated either using conventional surgery or endovascular treatment. More than 100 cases have been resolved using AV fistula and repair.

Features and Description of Medical Care

At the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) (10, 8, and 6 beds each), expert staff members give high-level care for every patient in critical condition who is experiencing heart and vascular difficulty.
We are accepting patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no matter how severe the condition is, as one of the largest heart centers in the area. Our pediatric cardiovascular surgery team is one of the largest teams in Japan, performing 350 heart surgeries annually, accepting patients not only from Okayama Prefecture and the Chugoku region, but also from all over Japan and overseas. Such unique experiences are shared with the adult heart and vascular surgery team, providing tailor-made care according to each patient’s lifestyle.

For outpatient visits

Patients are seen by experienced physicians who have been trained in Japan and overseas. We thoroughly explain the reason, proposed results, and risks of surgery. Patients who are considering second opinions are welcome to visit the outpatient clinic. Visit us at .

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