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Academic Hospital Augustinerinnen

Cologne, Germany


Treatment of lung emphysema with endoscopic reduction of lung volume by valve implantation (program ID: 302395)


Wolfgang Galetke

Head Physician
Priv.-Doz., Dr. med.

Wolfgang Galetke

Department of Pulmonology

Specialized in: pulmonology
Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

Schule und Studium

  • 1970 bis 1983    Grundschule; Gymnasium in Essen
  • 1983      Abitur
  • 1984      Beginn des Medizinstudiums an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • 1984 bis 1986    Zivildienst im Marienhospital Essen-Altenessen
  • 1986 bis 1992    Fortsetzung des Medizinstudiums an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • 1992      Staatsexamen und Approbation als Arzt

Klinische/wissenschaftliche Ausbildung

  • 1992 bis 1993    Arzt im Praktikum in der Abteilung für Lungen- und Bronchialheilkunde des St. Elisabeth-Krankenhauses Dorsten (Chefarzt Dr. Wolf)
  • 1994 bis 1999    Assistenzarzt in der Medizinischen Klinik des Knappschaftskrankenhauses Bottrop (Chefarzt Dr. Schilling)
  • 1995      Verleihung des Grades eines Doktors der Medizin an der Medizinischen Fakultät der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • 1998      Anerkennung als Facharzt für Innere Medizin
  • 1999 bis 2003    Assistenzarzt / Funktionsoberarzt in der Klinik Ambrock Hagen, Klinik für Pneumologie, Allergologie und Schlafmedizin (Leitender Arzt Prof. Dr. Rühle)
  • 2000      Anerkennung der Schwerpunktbezeichnung Pneumologie
  • 2003 bis 2009    Leitender Oberarzt im Krankenhaus Bethanien Solingen, Klinik für Pneumologie und Allergologie, Zentrum für Schlaf- und Beatmungsmedizin (Chefarzt Prof. Dr. Randerath)
  • 2006      Anerkennung der Zusatzbezeichnung Allergologie
  • 2007      Anerkennung der Zusatzbezeichnung Schlafmedizin
  • 2008      Habilitation für das Fach Innere Medizin an der Universität Witten-Herdecke
  • Seit 01.11.2009 Chefarzt der Klinik für Pneumologie, Kardiologie, Allergologie, Schlaf- und Beatmungsmedizin im Krankenhaus der Augustinerinnen Köln

Weitere Qualifikationen

  • Zertifikat „Arbeitsmedizinische Zusammenhangsbegutachtung“ der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Arbeitsmedizin und Umweltmedizin
  • Transfusionsmedizin

Mitgliedschaften

  • European Respiratory Society (ERS)
  • Bund Deutscher Internisten (BDI)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pneumologie und Beatmungsmedizin (DGP)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Schlafforschung und Schlafmedizin (DGSM)
  • Deutsche Interdisziplinäre Gesellschaft für Außerklinische Beatmung (DIGAB)
  • Nordrhein-Westfälische Gesellschaft für Schlafmedizin (NRM-GSM)
  • Verband Pneumologischer Kliniken (VPK)
  • Westdeutsche Gesellschaft für Pneumologie (WdGP)
Publications keyboard_arrow_down

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Galetke+Wolfgang

About the department keyboard_arrow_down

The Department of Pulmonology at the Academic Hospital Augustinerinnen in Cologne, headed by Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Wolfgang Galetke, deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all respiratory diseases. Pulmonology, including artificial lung ventilation and sleep medicine with 3 sections containing 46 beds. There are annually treated over 2,100 inpatients. 

The Department of Pulmonology under the direction of Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Wolfgang Galetke has a special focus on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic obstructive respiratory diseases, especially progressive stages of COPD/emphysema. In addition to drug treatment options, there are also offered non-drug treatments, including noninvasive artificial lung ventilation (ALV), continuous oxygen therapy and lung volume reduction. The diagnosis of malignant lung and pleural diseases is carried out by means of cutting-edge endoscopic techniques. If necessary, drug and maintenance treatment of malignant lung diseases is provided on an inpatient basis. To ensure a comprehensive treatment of all malignant lung and pleural diseases, there is maintained tight cooperation with thoracic surgeons, oncologists and radiologists in private practice.

The Department of Pulmonology at the Academic Hospital Augustinerinnen has a unique competence in the field of device-based therapy for severe respiratory disorders not only of the lungs, but also of complications after diseases of the nervous system, musculoskeletal system. There is designed a specialized section for noninvasive ALV. 

Another focus of the Department of Pulmonology under the direction of Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Wolfgang Galetke is the diagnosis and treatment of interstitial lung diseases. There are offered all common methods, including open lung biopsy (in cooperation with the Department of Surgery), as well as drug and non-drug medical procedures. 

The Department of Pulmonology has a big Weaning Section. There are admitted patients with a long-term ALV from the hospitals of other regions. The Department also provides weaning from mechanical ventilation. If a patient cannot be weaned from ALV, the physicians of the Department at the Augustinerinnen Hospital in Cologne have a separate specialized unit for a long-term ALV. Moreover, there is close collaboration with intensive care services for the so-called artificial lung ventilation at home. 

The treatment focuses of the Department of Pulmonology at the Academic Hospital Augustinerinnen are:

  • Pulmonology / allergology: 
  • Chronic obstructive bronchitis and emphysema / COPD
  • Bronchial asthma 
  • Interstitial lung diseases 
  • Infectious lung diseases
  • Pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis, including, multi-drug resistant forms, as well as atypical mycobacteriosis 
  • Lung diseases in immunodeficiency and immune dysregulation (autoimmune diseases)  
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Occupational lung diseases (silicosis, asbestosis, etc.) 
  • Pleural diseases with pneumothorax, pleural effusion and pleural empyema in cooperation with the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Academic Hospital Augustinerinnen in Cologne 
  • Long-term oxygen therapy and ALV at home
  • Diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the lungs and bronchi, pleura, diaphragm, mediastinum, as well as chest wall tumors and chest deformities in cooperation with the Department of Thoracic Surgery 
  • Diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases 

The field of pulmonology offers the following diagnostic and therapeutic procedures:

  • Video-guided bronchoscopy 
  • Rigid bronchoscopy 
  • Stent implantation 
  • Transbronchial lung biopsy 
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage 
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Interventional bronchoscopy under anesthesia in the treatment of tumors (tumor removal), in hemostasis and removal of foreign bodies  
  • Comprehensive functional diagnosis of the lungs, including a whole body plethysmography, lung diffusion testing, diagnosis of the respiratory muscle disorders 
  • Blood gas test to detect chest wall diseases, including ultrasound-guided puncture of the chest wall, costal and pulmonary pleura, as well as pulmonary lesions close to the chest wall 
  • Thoracoscopy to detect and treat diseases of the costal and pulmonary pleura (in cooperation with the Department of Surgery)

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
    • inflammation indicators (CRP, ESR)
    • indicators blood coagulation
    • TSH-basal
  • x-ray and bronchography
  • electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • high-resolution computed tomography (HR-CT)
  • preoperative care
  • endoscopic valve implantation
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation in 2 bedded room 
  • explanation of future recommendations
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The program includes:

  • Translation of medical documents up to 4 pages
  • Interpreter up to 3 hours
  • Translation of medical documents up to 8 pages
  • Interpreter up to 5 hours
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 8 hours
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 10 hours
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 15 hours
  • Transfer from the airport to the clinic and back to the airport
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 25 hours
  • Transfer from the airport to the clinic and back to the airport
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
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