Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Ruettenscheid
Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Allergology, Head and Neck Surgery (163)
Specialized in: adult and pediatric otolaryngology, allergology, head and neck surgery
About the Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Allergology, Head and Neck Surgery at Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Ruettenscheid
The Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Allergology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Ruettenscheid provides the full range of medical services for patients with ENT diseases. The department also carries out diagnostics and treatment of allergic diseases. The key areas of the department's specialization are middle ear microsurgery, endonasal microscopic surgery, treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders, phonosurgery and facial plastic surgery. Pediatric otolaryngologists of the medical facility most often admit young patients who require removal of the palatine and pharyngeal tonsils. The department successfully uses both conservative and surgical treatment methods. Surgical interventions are performed in three progressive operating rooms with state-of-the-art equipment. With appropriate clinical indications, some surgical procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, without mandatory hospitalization. The department's doctors constantly improve their knowledge and practical skills, thanks to which they successfully introduce innovative treatment methods into clinical practice, which allow them to effectively restore the health of patients.
The Chief Physician of the department is Dr. med. Winfried Hohenhorst. The specialist has over 25 years of clinical experience and an excellent reputation in his field of expertise. According to the Focus magazine, Dr. Winfried Hohenhorst is recognized as one of the best doctors in Germany in the treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders, otoplasty and rhinoplasty.
In the field of otolaryngology, the department specializes in middle ear microsurgery. The most demanded interventions are paracentesis, including in children, palisade tympanoplasty, interventions for cholesteatoma, stapes surgery and surgery for pathologies of the petrous part of the temporal bone. Otolaryngologists working in the medical facility are distinguished by special competence in the field of palisade tympanoplasty for the treatment of chronic otitis media, tympanic membrane perforation, cholesteatoma, bone tissue pathological lesions and adhesions. In addition, the department successfully performs stapedoplasty for the treatment of otosclerosis. In many cases, surgeons manage to remove the pathological focus and at the same time preserve the stapes. If this is not possible, then a special prosthesis is implanted.
Another important focus of the work of otolaryngologists is on endonasal microscopic surgery. The therapeutic offer in this field includes septoplasty, sinus surgery, including balloon dilation for sinus obstruction, tear duct surgery, cerebrospinal fluid fistula removal, etc.
The department often deals with the treatment of children suffering from inflammatory processes in the palatine tonsils, particularly tonsillitis. The first-line treatment is conservative therapy, but if the inflammatory process regularly recurs, partial (tonsillotomy) or total (tonsillectomy) removal of the tonsils is required. The department performs the most modern modifications of these operations: radiofrequency tonsillotomy, coblation tonsillectomy and tonsillectomy with BiClamp®.
The medical facility performs plastic surgeries in the face and neck. The range of medical services includes rhinoplasty (surgery for nose reshaping), otoplasty (surgery for ear reshaping), reconstructive facial plastic interventions after tumor resection, as well as plastic surgery of the frenum of the tongue and lips in children.
Patients can also undergo comprehensive diagnostics and treatment of allergic reactions in the department. To determine the type of allergy, doctors carry out such tests as rhinomanometry, skin provocation testing, nasal provocation testing, and in vitro allergy testing to determine the levels of total IgE (tIgE) and specific antibodies. The treatment of allergies mostly involves the use of allergen-specific immunotherapy.
The department's key clinical focuses include:
- Middle ear microsurgery
- Palisade tympanoplasty
- Cholesteatoma removal
- Stapes surgery
- Surgery for pathologies of the petrous part of the temporal bone
- Paracentesis in children
- Endonasal microscopic surgery
- Sinus surgery
- Lacrimal duct surgery
- Surgery for the treatment of pathologies of the palatine tonsils in adults and children
- Radiofrequency tonsillotomy
- Coblation tonsillectomy
- Tonsillectomy with BiClamp®
- Phonosurgery (surgery for pharyngeal and laryngeal diseases)
- Endolaryngeal microsurgical interventions
- Laser surgery (CO2 laser)
- Cancer surgery
- Facial plastic surgery
- Reconstructive facial plastic surgery after tumor resection
- Plastic surgery of the frenulum of the tongue and lips in children
- Surgery for obstructive sleep apnea
- Somnoplasty (repair of soft palate defects using radiofrequency energy)
- Laryngeal laser surgery
- Tongue pacemaker placement
- Other medical services
Curriculum vitae of Dr. med. Winfried Hohenhorst
Since 2007, Dr. med. Winfried Hohenhorst has been the Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Allergology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Ruettenscheid. Prior to that, the specialist worked in the Department of Otolaryngology at the St. Anthony's Hospital in Wuppertal. The doctor has over 25 years of successful clinical practice.
Dr. Hohenhorst studied Human Medicine at the University of Duisburg-Essen. In 1985, he received admission to medical practice. In 1992, the doctor had his board certification in otolaryngology. The specialist also has additional qualifications in allergology and facial plastic surgery.
Clinical interests of Dr. Winfried Hohenhorst are middle ear microsurgery, endonasal microscopic surgery, treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders, phonosurgery and facial plastic surgery.
Photo of the doctor: (c) Alfried Krupp Krankenhaus
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