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Treatment of Retina Degeneration in Germany

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Cost for treatment

Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
423
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
4786
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
2000

University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

The University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich was founded in 1834. It combines long traditions with the very latest advances in modern medicine. The medical facility includes 33 specialized departments and 20 interdisciplinary centers, where patients can receive top-class medical care in all medical fields. The hospital annuall
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
2023 help1773
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
16056 help14506
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
8767 help7617

University Hospital Ulm

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Ulm

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

The University Hospital Ulm started its activities 35 years ago and during this time it has become one of the most prestigious medical institutions in Europe. The hospital is famous for its numerous discoveries and the world-class achievements in medicine and pharmaceuticals. The medical facility has 29 specialized departments a
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
1812
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
14349
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
7608

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10
location_onGermany, Frankfurt am Main

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the reputable Focus magazine, the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital was founded in 1914 and today is a well-known German medical facility, which combines rich traditions and scientific innovations. A medical team of more than 6,500 employees cares about
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
1734
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
13703
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
7298

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the Charite University Hospital Berlin occupies the first place in the rating of the top German medical facilities! The hospital is one of the largest and leading university medical complexes in Europe. The hospital in Germany provides modern diagnostics and treatment of patients, a
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
2317
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
20021
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
10000

University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Muenster

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Muenster ranks among the top German hospitals! The hospital belongs to the most prestigious medical institutions in Germany. The hospital is distinguished by a high professionalism of its doctors, state-of-the-art technological equipment and the availability of the most ad
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
1725
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
13672
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
7419

University Hospital Erlangen

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Erlangen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the Focus magazine, University Hospital Erlangen ranks among the best medical facilities in Germany! The hospital is one of the leading healthcare facilities in Bavaria and offers top-class medical care distinguished by the close intertwining of clinical activities with research and training of medical students. The
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
1806
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
14244
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
7603

University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Hamburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf ranks among the top ten hospitals in Germany! Since its foundation in 1889, the hospital has taken a leading position in the European medical arena and still occupies it until today. A highly competent medical team of more than 11,000 employees takes care
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
2150
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
17526
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
8910

University Hospital RWTH Aachen

8.9/10
location_onGermany, Aachen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital RWTH Aachen ranks among the top German hospitals! As a maximum care university medical facility, the hospital guarantees patients first-class medical services combined with a respectful and human attitude. The hospital integrates all the modern options for the
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
1896
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
15449
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
8085

University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Würzburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the Focus magazine in 2019, the University Hospital Würzburg ranks among the top national German hospitals! The hospital is one of the oldest medical facilities in Germany. The centuries-old traditions of first-class treatment are combined with the very latest achievements of modern evidence-based medicine and
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
1722
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
13746
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
7362

University Hospital Bonn

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the University Hospital Bonn ranks among the top ten medical facilities in Germany! The hospital was opened on January 1, 2001, although in fact it inherits the medical facility, which operated at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bonn. The hospital in Germany combin
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
1872
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
15416
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
8029

University Hospital Jena

8.9/10
location_onGermany, Jena

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Jena regularly ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital has positioned itself as a multidisciplinary medical facility with a long history of more than 200 years. Since its foundation, the hospital has been constantly developing and modernizin
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
1565
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
12028
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
6630

University Hospital Halle (Saale)

9.6/10
location_onGermany, Halle

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Halle (Saale) ranks among the top German medical facilities! The history of the hospital has more than 300 years, and during this time it managed to earn an excellent reputation not only in Germany, but throughout the world. The hospital positions itself as a s
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
1717
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
13579
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
7313

University Hospital Marburg UKGM

8.6/10
location_onGermany, Marburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

The University Hospital Marburg UKGM offers patients modern diagnostics and comprehensive therapy at the international level. As a maximum care hospital, the medical facility specializes in all fields of modern medicine ranging from ophthalmology to traumatology and dentistry. The main areas of specialization of the hospital are
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
1641
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
12931
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
6984

University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

10/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is regularly ranked among the best medical institutions in Germany! The hospital is the largest multidisciplinary medical facility, as well as a leading research and training center in Germany and Europe. The hospital is proud of i
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
1782
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
14993
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
8051

University Hospital Duesseldorf

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Duesseldorf

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the University Hospital Duesseldorf ranks among the top Germany hospitals! The hospital is an excellent example of a combination of high-quality health care, research and teaching activities. With more than 50,000 inpatients and about 300,000 outpatients every year, the hospital is
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
1934
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
15540
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
7950

University Hospital Tuebingen

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Tuebingen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the prestigious medical publication Focus, the University Hospital Tuebingen ranks among the top five German hospitals! The hospital was founded in 1805, therefore it is proud of its long history, unique experience, and outstanding achievements in the field of medical care, as well as research and teaching activitie
Diagnostics of retinal degeneration
1772
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retina degeneration with retinal cells transplantation
14185
Diagnosis and surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with extrascleral buckling
7789
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Retinal degeneration usually develops with age and may also be related to genetic causes. As a rule, this pathology is difficult to treat, and visual impairment is considered irreversible. Doctors in Germany use the latest treatment methods that provide good results. Vision can not only be stabilized but also improved. Clinics in Germany use anti-VEGF therapy, gene therapy, retinal cell transplant, stem cell transplant and other methods that are not yet available or are used to a limited extent in countries with poorly developed medicine.

Content

  1. Standard treatment
  2. Innovative treatment
  3. Stem cell therapy
  4. Treatment of retinal detachment

Anti-VEGF therapy is considered the first-line treatment. Laser photocoagulation is often performed, and retinal detachment may require surgical treatment. Some clinics offer gene therapy for retinal degeneration. If standard methods do not work, ophthalmologists resort to retinal and stem cell transplants.

You can undergo treatment in one of the following hospitals: University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich, University Hospital Ulm, Charite University Hospital Berlin.

Please leave your request on the Booking Health website by attaching the available medical records to the form. The Booking Health medical advisor will recommend a treatment method, a clinic and a doctor. Travel managers will take care of obtaining a visa, arranging airline tickets and accommodation, medical insurance, interpreter's accompanying and other issues.

Standard treatment

 

The main treatments for retinal degeneration used in most patients are described below.

Conservative therapy involves the intake of anti-inflammatory drugs, glucocorticoids, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors to reduce edema, antioxidants, and lipid-lowering therapy to improve the condition of blood vessels.

Laser coagulation is used to destroy pathological newly formed vessels. Approximately 20% of cases are considered suitable for laser coagulation. The procedure helps the patient to reduce the risk of retinal detachment.

Photodynamic therapy replaces laser photocoagulation as a safer alternative. Doctors inject a sensitizer and then apply light to the membrane. The procedure is not very common, and it is used only in specialized centers.

VEGF inhibitors are used as first-line therapy in Germany. The drugs are injected into the eye and block the development of new blood vessels. They not only prevent vision loss but also increase its acuity.

Innovative treatment

 

In severe cases, as well as in some types of retinal degeneration, doctors resort to the use of innovative techniques that can improve vision and stop the progression of the disease.

Gene therapy. Many patients with retinal degeneration have a mutation in the RPE65 gene, which codes for an important enzyme in the visual pathway. With AAV vectors, a healthy copy of the RPE65 gene is introduced into the patients' cells. After a single injection into the subretinal space, vision improves, and the best results are observed in children. These successes have led to the fact that gene therapy drugs are already being used in clinical trials for other forms of retinal degeneration: choroideremia, achromatopsia, X-linked retinoschisis, Stargardt disease, Usher syndrome.

Retinal cell transplant. It refers to innovative treatment methods that have not yet entered into clinical practice but have proven themselves in clinical trials. Doctors perform photoreceptor transplantation. These are light-sensitive cells that transmit visual signals to the brain. They are transplanted from a donor. The procedure is carried out at the advanced stage of the disease.

Autologous retinal transplant. The procedure is carried out in case of large retinal holes for their closure. The operation provides replacement of nervous tissue in the macula, restores the retina's anatomical structure, and improves visual acuity.

Stem cell therapy

 

A promising area of ​​treatment is the use of stem cells. They can be donor ones or the patient's own cells. Cells can be injected both intravenously and locally (into the eye). Studies show that stem cells increase visual acuity and at the same time, do not cause proliferative changes – pathological tissue growth in the injection area. Complications in the form of the appearance of epiretinal membranes are rare, but they can be successfully treated.

Impressive results were obtained in the Kahraman study. The scientists injected mesenchymal stem cells into the suprachoroidal region. As a result, vision improved in 46% of patients, visual acuity stabilized in another 42% of treated patients, and retinal degeneration stopped.

To date, stem cells are not part of the standard treatment. In some clinics in Germany, they are already used in clinical trials. Cellular therapy is used in cases where other treatment options cannot provide the patient with good results.

Treatment of retinal detachment

 

Over time, retinal degeneration can lead to retinal detachment. The following methods can be used to treat this condition:

  • Extrascleral filling – local or circular. The retinal defect closes, and the organ approaches the choroid due to pressure.
  • Cryopexy is the freezing of the posterior segment of the eyeball. As a rule, this is not an independent procedure but an addition to the filling.
  • Vitreoretinal surgery is a surgical treatment of retinal degeneration with detachment used in severe cases. During the operation, doctors bring the retina close to the vascular part and fix it.

You can undergo high-precision diagnostics and innovative treatment of retinal degeneration in Germany by booking a medical care program via the Booking Health service. Our website presents current prices. They are reduced for you due to the lack of additional coefficients for foreign patients. On the Booking Health website, you can find out the cost of surgery and conservative procedures in different clinics in Germany to compare the cost and book the medical care program at the best price. Our specialists will help you select an Eye Center and arrange your trip.

 

Authors: 

The article was edited by medical experts, board certified doctors Dr. Nadezhda Ivanisova and Dr. Farrukh Ahmed. For the treatment of the conditions referred to in the article, you must consult a doctor; the information in the article is not intended for self-medication!

 

Sources:

Open Ophthalmology Journal

Ophthalmology Times

Medical News Today




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