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Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek Hamburg

location_on Hamburg, Germany
9.5/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Thoracic Surgery (356109)

Klaus Diemel

Dr. med.

Klaus Diemel

Specialized in: thoracic surgery

The Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek offers the full range of services in this medical field. An experienced team of highly qualified specialists performs surgical treatment of all forms of lung and thoracic diseases, with the exception of heart diseases. A large number of operations are minimally invasive, which contributes to the shortest possible period of hospitalization and early recovery of patients. The department is headed by Dr. med. Klaus Diemel und Dr. med. Jörn Halberstadt, who are world-renowned thoracic surgeons with a long experience.

Of particular interest for the department is the surgical treatment of lung cancer. Specialists of the department have unique knowledge in the treatment of any form of this disease: slow growing tumors, very fast growing tumors and fast metastasizing cancer, which in the absence of treatment can lead to death within a few months. The treatment plan is developed individually, taking into account a specific clinical picture. Any surgical intervention is necessarily preceded by a comprehensive diagnostics of the lungs and heart. In most cases, the operation is combined with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, which can be performed both before and after the intervention.

Quite often, operations can be performed using video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). This is a minimally invasive surgical intervention: during the operation, surgeon makes one or two small incisions, through which he removes the affected tissue using special optical instruments. Such an operation will be effective only in the early stages of lung cancer.

It should be noted that the department has more than 20 years of experience in the field of minimally invasive thoracic surgery and, with appropriate indications, gives preference to this method, which is more sparing compared to open surgery. Nevertheless, for the treatment of metastases in the lungs, surgeons perform open operations, in which even minimal, hardly noticeable pathological changes can be eliminated. There are two methods to remove metastases in the lungs: classical surgical intervention (part of the lung, affected by metastases, is removed with a scalpel) and laser surgery (part of the lung, affected by metastases, is removed by a special surgical laser, which helps to save more healthy tissues).

In addition, the department performs a variety of interventions for the treatment of pleural mesothelioma, pneumothorax, pleural empyema, mediastinal diseases, surgery to remove chest deformities (funnel chest), surgical treatment of rib fractures, etc.

The main treatment focuses of the department include:

  • Open surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Corrective surgery (keeled and funnel chest)
  • Surgery for injuries (e.g., surgical treatment of rib fractures)
  • Surgical treatment of lung and thoracic cancers
  • Surgical treatment of lung metastases
  • Respiratory therapy

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