Department of Adult and Pediatric Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Infectology, Nephrology, Cardiology and Pulmonology | Treatment in Hospital Oberberg Gummersbach | Departments. Germany | BookingHealth
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Department of Adult and Pediatric Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Infectology, Nephrology, Cardiology and Pulmonology - Hospital Oberberg Gummersbach

Hospital Oberberg Gummersbach

Gummersbach, Germany
Department id # 284605
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PD Dr. med. Robert Hoffmann
Department of Adult and Pediatric Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Infectology, Nephrology, Cardiology and Pulmonology
Specialized in: adult and pediatric gastroenterology, endocrinology, infectology, nephrology, cardiology, pulmonology

About the Department of Adult and Pediatric Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Infectology, Nephrology, Cardiology and Pulmonology at Hospital Oberberg Gummersbach

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Infectology, Nephrology, Cardiology and Pulmonology at the Hospital Oberberg Gummersbach offers the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services in these medical specialties. The healthcare facility admits patients of all age groups. Many diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. The department's team of doctors specializes in the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, diabetes mellitus, infectious diseases, and pathologies of the kidneys, heart, and respiratory system. The department has modern diagnostic rooms fitted out with equipment for ultrasound, X-ray, electrocardiography, echocardiography, and endoscopic examinations. During treatment, individually developed drug therapy regimens are most often used. Patients with end-stage renal insufficiency are offered renal replacement therapy (dialysis). For this purpose, there is a dialysis unit with 10 beds. The department's nephrology team also provides preparation and follow-up care after a kidney transplant. The department's doctors strictly adhere to current clinical protocols and are always open to personal communication with the patient, trying to best satisfy their individual needs and wishes. The department is headed by PD Dr. med. Robert Hoffmann.

The primary clinical focus for the department is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive system, including liver, gallbladder, and pancreatic pathologies. The department operates a cutting-edge endoscopic unit that performs more than 4,000 diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures for adults and children every year. Typically, endoscopic procedures are performed under anesthesia using Midazolam or Propofol. The dosage of the drug is determined depending on the complexity of the upcoming manipulation. The hygiene standards in the department's clinical practice meet the highest requirements of the German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases (DGVS) and the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE). In addition, compliance with these standards is regularly monitored by external, independent organizations. In the endoscopic rooms, the physicians of the department most often perform such therapeutic procedures as mucosectomy, polypectomy, endoscopic hemostasis, ligation, and sclerotherapy for esophageal varices, peroral endoscopic submucosal myotomy for achalasia cardia, argon plasma coagulation, and many others.

An important part of the department's clinical practice is the medical care of patients with diabetes mellitus. The health of patients with this endocrine disease is in the safe hands of experienced specialists who have received training in accordance with the requirements of the German Diabetes Society (DDG). Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the patient receives structured recommendations for lifestyle modifications. These play a very important role in compensating for diabetes mellitus. To make it easier for patients to accept the diagnosis and the medical and social aspects associated with it, the department's physicians provide comprehensive information to patients and their families. The main task is to maintain a high quality of life. The department's doctors provide consultations to patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (adults and children), type 2 diabetes mellitus, and gestational diabetes mellitus, as well as to patients using insulin pumps. Depending on the type of diabetes mellitus and the characteristics of the disease, the department's clinicians prescribe the optimal treatment regimen. This may include classical insulin therapy, intensive insulin therapy, supplemental insulin therapy (SIT), basal-supported oral therapy (BOT) in combination with oral hypoglycemic agents, or continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII).

Patients with infectious diseases are treated in an isolation ward with 8 specially equipped beds. The head physician of the department personally supervises a specialized outpatient section for patients with chronic hepatitis B and C. Most often, patients receive drug therapy with antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, and other drugs.

The department also regularly treats patients with kidney diseases. The medical facility has all the necessary resources for comprehensive diagnostics: laboratory tests (for example, special urine tests or advanced blood tests), imaging tests (for example, sonography, color duplex scans, and CT or MRI scans), and kidney biopsies. In addition, the department conducts immunological tests. The department specializes in the treatment of both primary kidney diseases (for example, glomerulonephritis) and secondary pathologies of the nephrological spectrum (for example, diabetic nephropathy, nephrosclerosis due to arterial hypertension, and immunological and rheumatic diseases with kidney damage). Renal replacement therapy is available in the department for acute and chronic renal failure. The department performs more than 5,000 dialysis procedures annually, which demonstrates the unique experience of specialists in this field. The dialysis unit has 10 beds with modern dialysis machines from the famous Braun company. Nephrologists also have at their disposal the Fresenius GENIUS system, which is used in intensive care, classical dialysis, and continuous renal replacement therapy. In addition, the following modern blood purification procedures are successfully performed here: plasmapheresis, immunoadsorption, and leukocyte apheresis.

The department also offers cardiology services. Specialists in this medical field provide comprehensive diagnostics of the cardiovascular system and conservative and interventional catheter-based treatment of heart disease. The department has a Chest Pain Unit to provide emergency medical care for acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, life-threatening arrhythmias, and other acute conditions. Intensive hemodynamic monitoring and therapeutic measures are performed here. In addition to stress ECG, stress echocardiography, and 2D and 3D echocardiography, the department offers cardiac MRI, for example, for suspected organic myocardial lesions, myocarditis, coronary heart disease, and other heart pathologies. The department uses catheter-based techniques to implant advanced single- and dual-chamber pacemakers to treat life-threatening arrhythmias.

Diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases of the lungs and other respiratory organs complete the range of medical services of the department. The department's specialists are particularly interested in the treatment of patients with infectious lesions of the lungs and various forms of bronchial asthma.

The department's range of medical services includes the following:

  • Gastroenterology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases
      • Drug therapy
      • Endoscopic therapeutic procedures
        • Mucosectomy
        • Polypectomy
        • Hemostasis (stopping bleeding)
        • Ligation and sclerotherapy for esophageal varices
        • Bougienage for esophageal stricture
        • Peroral endoscopic submucosal myotomy for achalasia cardia
        • Argon plasma coagulation for angiodysplasia, angioectasia, and tumors
        • Endoscopic foreign body removal
        • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy with subsequent monitoring
  • Endocrinology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of diabetes mellitus
      • Individual lifestyle modification programs for diabetes mellitus (nutrition consultations, training in glucose control, etc.)
      • Classical and intensive insulin therapy
      • Continuous glucose monitoring
      • Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (pump therapy)
      • Supplemental insulin therapy (SIT)
      • Basal-supported oral therapy (BOT) in combination with oral antihyperglycemic agents
  • Infectology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of infectious diseases (special focus on chronic hepatitis B and C)
      • Drug therapy with antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, and other drugs
  • Nephrology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of primary and secondary kidney diseases
      • Renal replacement therapy (dialysis)
        • Hemodialysis
        • Peritoneal dialysis
        • Continuous venovenous hemodiafiltration
        • Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis
      • Special blood purification procedures
        • Plasmapheresis
        • Immunoadsorption
        • Leukocyte apheresis
  • Cardiology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of heart disease
      • Drug therapy
      • Interventional catheter-based treatment of arrhythmias
        • Electrical cardioversion
        • Implantation of single- and double-chamber pacemakers, as well as subsequent monitoring of their operation
  • Pulmonology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of respiratory diseases
      • Drug therapy
      • Endoscopic therapeutic procedures
        • Videobronchoscopy
        • Bronchoalveolar lavage
        • Pleural drainage in the treatment of pleurisy and pneumothorax
        • Pleurodesis
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic services

Photo of the doctor: (c) Klinikum Oberberg GmbH