Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Ruettenscheid

Essen, Germany

Diagnostics of varicose veins (program ID: 216517)

Thomas Nowak

Dr. med.

Thomas Nowak

Department of Vascular Surgery

Specialized in: vascular surgery, general surgery

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The Department of Vascular Medicine at the Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen, under the direction of Dr. med. Thomas Nowak, was designed so patients with all kinds of vascular diseases can be examined and treated by a team of specialists from different areas. Bundling diverse competencies in vascular medicine at one site allows the physicians of the departments to give patients a diagnosis very quickly and determine the optimal individual therapy as well as carrying it out according to the current state of medical progress.

The advantages for the patient are very fast diagnosis, gentle therapy and quick recovery without having to arrange for a transfer of patients between clinics and hospitals. Rather, the specialists collaborate in one clinic, which enables them to determine all forms of therapy promising the best benefit for the patient.

The range of treatment for the Department of Vascular Medicine at the Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen, under the direction of Dr. med. Thomas Nowak, comprises all surgical and endovascular interventions as well as medications. Depending on the type of vascular disease, the risk and disease profile of the individual patient, a team of specialists can choose between strictly drug-based treatment, catheter-based intervention and open surgery with and without keyhole technology. The main goal of the department is to ensure the gentlest therapy possible and their lasting success. In this manner the Department of Vascular Medicine can treat the entire range of arterial, venous and lymphatic vascular diseases.

As a network of many other disciplines, vascular medicine is closely connected with radiology, nephrology, diabetology, neurology and pain therapy. Using all modern diagnostic methods in close cooperation with the other medical disciplines, a team of vascular physicians is also available as support in the treatment of patients in the fellow clinics at the Alfried Krupp Hospital. They can, furthermore, be accessed to provide special types of expertise to optimize therapeutic methods. The strength of this concept is in the physicians being connected to one another.

The Department of Vascular Medicine at the Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen, under the direction of Dr. med. Thomas Nowak, offers the following range of services:

  • Vascular surgery
    • Surgery of the arteries
    • Surgery of the brain-supplying arteries
    • Surgery of the peripheral extremity arteries
    • Surgery of the aorta and its branches
    • Varicose vein and vein surgery
    • Dialysis shunt surgery
    • Wound management/ulcer surgery
    • Specific pacemaker surgery
    • Port and catheter implantations
  • Angiology and hemostaseology
    • Internal vascular diagnostics
    • Treatment of chronic wounds
    • Deep vein thrombosis/embolism
    • Circulatory problems in the legs (in case of peripheral arterial disease)
    • Raynaud’s phenomenon (acral perfusion disorder)
    • Lymphedema, varicosis
  • Endovascular therapy
    • Implantations of endovascular stent prostheses (e.g. abdominal aortic aneurysm)
    • Hybrid surgery
    • Catheter-based vascular intervention
    • Endovascular blood pressure treatment
    • Endovascular blood pressure treatment
  • Vascular Center
  • Center for the treatment of vascular diseases with connected vascular laboratory
(Doppler and color-coded duplex sonography examinations)

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • Lipid metabolism (HDL/LDL, cholesterol,
      triglycerides Lip(a), homocysteine)
    • blood coagulation analysis (aPTT, PT, INR)
    • inflammation indicators (CRP, ESR)
    • metabolic status (uric acid, total glucose, HbA1c)
    • cardiovascular disease risk markers
    • kidney function test (creatinine, urea)
  • doppler/ duplex venous
  • phlebography (as indicated)
  • nursing services
  • consultation of related specialists
  • treatment by chief physician and all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan
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About hospital

With 900 beds and approximately 2,050 employees in two branches, the Alfried Krupp Hospital is one of the larger hospital institutions in Essen. As one of the leading providers of acute care in North Rhine-Westphalia, the Alfried Krupp Hospital with its wide range of services and high-quality medical care is an important institution beyond the borders of the region. As an academic educational institution of the University of Duisburg-Essen, it consists of 18 medical clinics as well as 14 certified centers.

The Alfried Krupp Krankenhaus in Essen-Rüttenscheid is known by its highest professionalism and complex thinking and dealing across different disciplines.

Accommodation in hospital

Patients rooms

The kid rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The kid bathroom includes both a toilet and a shower. All rooms offer functional beds with orthopaedic mattresses ensuring unsurpassed support for overall body during sleep. There are bedside stands with pull-out tables, lockers and safe boxes in each room. It is also possible to access the Internet from a PC, smartphone or tablet so that kids always keep in touch with their parents and other family members. There is also a TV in each room.
You can opt for a single or a double room. An accompanying person may stay with the kid in the room. A double room is shared with another patient.
The enhanced comfort rooms are equipped with a safety box, a fridge and upholstered furniture.

Meals and Menus

The patient and the accompanying person are offered a daily choice of three menus. If you are on a specific diet for any reason, you will be offered an individual menu. Please inform the medical staff about your dietary preferences prior to the treatment.

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Standard rooms include:






Christian priests are available for the patients at any time. Representatives of other religions may be requested at any time.

Accompanying person

Your companion may stay with you in your room or at a hotel of your choice during the fixed program.


You may stay at the hotel during the outpatient program. Our employees will support you for selecting the best option.