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Open heart surgery in San Donato Hospital

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About the clinic

Policlinico San Donato is a leading Italian clinic for cardiology and cardiac surgery.

Doctors perform over 9,400 open and minimally invasive operations on the heart and blood vessels annually. It is the largest number in the country.

Сardiology, heart surgery, arrhythmology, and rehabilitation are the top specialities in San Donato Hospital.

Highlights

1969 Year of foundation
350 doctors
Highest-Rated Clinic for Open heart surgery
300000 patients per year
8400 Operations per year
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Treatments prices in the clinic

Last price update — 29.04.2024. Prices can be changed depending on the medical case and doctor's recommendations.
Cardiology
diagnostics Price
ECG $43.68
Online Consultation with Heart Surgeon $382.22
Online Consultation with Cardiologist $382.22
Echocardiography $163.81
Holter monitoring $120

hospital accreditations of quality

Scientific Institute for Research and Healthcare Accrediatation certificate for San Donato Hospital
Scientific Institute for Research and Healthcare Accrediatation
IT, Scientific Institute for Research and Healthcare Accrediatation certificate for San Donato Hospital
World's Best Hospitals 2021 by Newsweek certificate for San Donato Hospital
World's Best Hospitals 2021 by Newsweek
US, World's Best Hospitals 2021 by Newsweek certificate for San Donato Hospital

San Donato Hospital: more details about the clinic

Italy, Milan

Policlinico San Donato was founded in 1969. It is a part of Gruppo Ospedale San Donato, which accepts over 4 million patients every year.

San Donato Hospital establishes international projects for congenital heart defects treatment. Medical team of the hospital has operated more than 3,000 children around the world under these projects.

Advantages of Policlinico San Donato

  • Top Italian doctors. The best Italian cardiologists and cardiac surgeons work at San Donato. Prof. Lorenzo Menicanti — ex-president of the Italian Society of Cardiac and Vascular Surgery, Prof. Carlo Pappone — the world's leading specialist in arrhythmology with over 130,000 radiofrequency ablation (RFA) performed, are among them.
  • The best treatment results in Europe. The success rate of cardiac surgeries in San Donato Clinic is 97%. It is one of the highest results among European medical centers.
  • 10 modern operating rooms (OR). All OR have the latest medical technologies for open and endovascular (through a catheter) interventions. The Operating Unit is equipped with telepresence robots connecting a patient and a doctor at any time.

San Donato Hospital in figures

Cardiac Surgery Center

San Donato Heart Surgery Unit is No.1 in Italy because of the amount of operations performed. Since its establishment doctors have been conducting more than 50,000 interventions. Every year 17,000 patients undergo treatment here.

The Center of Cardiac Surgery employs 140 physicians: surgeons, cardiologists, arrhythmologists, anesthesiologists and radiologists.

Medical team of the center has performed:

  • 1,800 surgeries for ischemic cardiomyopathy treatment
  • 20,000 coronary artery bypass surgeries
  • 20,000 heart valve operations.

Operation room, Clinica San Donato Milan

Interventional Cardiology Department

San Donato cardiologists specialize in endovascular operations for the treatment of heart and vessel diseases. Surgeons perform them using a thin and long catheter without skin incisions. The recovery period after such a procedure is much easier compared with open surgeries and lasts only 1-2 days.

Coronary angioplasty


Angioplasty is a procedure to treat narrowed or obstructed arteries of the heart. There are 2 types of angioplasty — balloon surgery and stenting.

Cardiologists perform balloon operation with a small balloon placed in the vessel to increase the amount of blood flowing through the artery. After the procedure doctors put out the balloon.

Stenting is performed with a metal or plastic tube called a stent to increase artery permeability. A stent stays in the vessels for at least 10 years.

Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI)


This is a minimally invasive procedure to replace a heart valve. Usually, doctors carry out a sternotomy (chest opening) to implant a new valve, but TAVI can be done with a small puncture or incision.

Cardiologists insert a catheter with an artificial valve in a vessel. Doctors open the implant like an “umbrella” near the flaps of the old valve and fixate it there. It is an image-guided operation allowing doctors precisely to control the valve movement through the vessels.

Arrhythmology Department

According to the San Donato data, the Arrhythmology Department is the best in Europe to treat cardiac arrhythmia.

There are 45 hospital beds and 12 twenty-four-hour ECG monitoring devices with telemedicine in the department. ECG allows to connect patients with their physicians at any time.

3 operating rooms are equipped with modern devices including the latest X-ray systems. They produce less X-ray emission than previous models and are safer for patients.

Doctors specialize in the following procedures:

  • radiofrequency catheter ablation
  • pacemaker insertion
  • defibrillator implantation
  • cardiac resynchronization therapy to manage heart failure.

Telepresence robot, I.R.C.C.S. Policlinico San Donato

Accommodation in San Donato Policlinico

Inpatients can stay in general or VIP wards. All rooms are equipped with TV, Internet, call buttons.

There is a hotel on the premises of the clinic, the accommodation there is paid additionally.

Additional services
Transfer
Airport to clinic
$100 - $120
Clinic to airport
$100 - $120
Language assistance
Available
free
Accommodation
Hotel (apartments) near the clinic, billed daily
Requirements for admission
Payment methods
Cash
Credit cards

Patient reviews

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Anonymous • Open heart surgery
Romania

Jul 15, 2021
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Сергей • Heart Valve Replacement
Russian Federation

Jan 31, 2022
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"It is unfortunate that politics affects not only ordinary citizens, but also their children
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We successfully operated on our daughter Nika Popova at the San Donato clinic (Italy). Thank you so much for the Bookimed service for the excellent organization of the trip. Our manager Aleksey Karaganov was always in touch and helped with all issues (visas, booking, medical and legal issues). The clinic, staff, ward are all at the highest level and the main thing is that real masters of their craft work there. Our attending physicians were delighted with the results of the most complicated heart surgery, the Ross operation. It is unfortunate that politics affects not only ordinary citizens, but also their children. I wish you patience, kindness and health to you and your loved ones, so that as many children from all over the world as possible can receive help. Thank you very much to Alexei and your entire team.
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Salwa • Consultation with a heart surgeon
Canada

Dec 18, 2023
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So, he was very knowledgeable, very genius and expertise
It was full of information consultation and Dr Francesco Maisano was very generous in providing us with multiple solutions for my father's case with mentioning the best solution among them and why it was the best solution. So, he was very knowledgeable, very genius and expertise. I strongly recommend this service. One issue was that the bookimed was helpful, very fast in replying but the files I sent to them to share it with Dr Francesco Maisano, they didn't share it all, but it was fixed shortly. Overall, it was an excellent experience. Special thanks to Dr Francesco Maisano, thank you San Donato hospital and thank you Bookimed team.
Dr Francesco Maisano was expertise, knowledgeable and intelligent.
The files I sent to Bookimed wasn't shared all with Dr Francesco Maisano.
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The team of Bookimed was helpful, active, but when they didn't share all of our files with the hospital, I found it a kind of negligence.

Ioana Halunga • Aortic valve insufficiency
Romania

Aug 3, 2021
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The results were better than expected!
Doctor Maisano was great and had a lot of patience explaining the problem to me. It helped me a lot with taking a decision in how to proceed with the treatment. The Bookimed support was great. Always easy to reach out and communicate!
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The support was great. Always easy to reach out and communicate!

Светлана • Aortic valve insufficiency
Russian Federation

Apr 29, 2021
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"I can safely recommend this doctor, operations are performed here every day, everything is thought out to the smallest detail and you do not care, as in Moscow, for example, what equipment or conditions for treatment are lacking
I'll tell you how it all happened, maybe it will help someone make their choice. I'll start with the fact that I was looking for a clinic for a long time to treat my son both in Europe and in Russia. The son is 5 years old, it was necessary to carry out a radical operation on the aortic valve, plastic or Rosa operation. The second is very difficult to perform, so it was important to find a surgeon with extensive experience. Alessandro Frigiola has a lot of experience. In Moscow, there are generally few reviews about Italian medicine, but after visiting here I can safely recommend this doctor, operations are performed here every day, everything is thought out to the smallest detail and you do not care, as in Moscow, for example, what equipment or conditions for treatment are lacking. I liked the San Donato clinic itself, despite the fact that almost no one speaks Russian, language barriers almost did not interfere, the staff are caring, they treat children with love. The atmosphere is pleasant here. Special thanks to the staff of international treatment organizations, the department may not write correctly, but I think it's clear. For all questions 24/7, you can contact them, Olga Gribova helped organize everything for a whole year. An excellent translator, Mariana, who also helps to communicate with doctors in the clinic and is constantly in touch if any problems arise. For all questions, even those that did not concern treatment, the girls always responded very responsively and helped. Thanks to them, the trip turned out to be much easier morally and with less worries. I was allowed to visit my son in intensive care. He stayed there for 2 days, and could have stayed less, but there were delays due to a smear on the covid, so they decided to keep him there, because the operation was difficult. Accommodation here is separate from the hospital, but Olga also helped with this issue. Everything was organized very quickly, there is no red tape with documents, as, for example, in Germany. As for the ward itself, in principle, everything is like everywhere else, I have no particular complaints.
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Yes, thanks to Alexey, he helped me in choosing a clinic and simply gave me an objective opinion and support in a moment of confusion. Thank you!
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