HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal
Department of Endocrine Surgery (384377)
Specialized in: endocrine surgery
About the Department of Endocrine Surgery at HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal
According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Endocrine Surgery at the HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal ranks among the top German medical facilities specializing in the surgical treatment of thyroid diseases!
The team of the department's surgeons performs the full range of surgical interventions for the treatment of diseases of endocrine glands – thyroid gland and parathyroid glands. The department was one of the first in North Rhine-Westphalia to receive the status of the Reference Center for Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery (certified by the German Society for General and Visceral Surgery, DGAV). The department is one of the few medical facilities in Germany that provides comprehensive thyroid cancer treatment using surgery and radioiodine therapy (in cooperation with specialists in nuclear medicine). In total, the department's endocrine surgeons annually perform more than 800 interventions for thyroid and parathyroid diseases, including malignant ones. Doctors are rightfully proud of their rich clinical experience, as well as regularly master innovative surgical techniques, which contributes to high treatment success rates.
The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Cornelia Dotzenrath. During her long clinical practice, the surgeon has performed thousands of operations of varying complexity and is a recognized expert in professional medical circles in Germany. According to the Focus magazine, Prof. Cornelia Dotzenrath regularly ranks among the top German endocrine surgeons.
Effective surgical treatment requires modern equipment, and therefore the department's operating rooms have all resources for reducing the risks to the patient's health and ensuring a favorable outcome of a surgical intervention. They have 2X head-mounted binocular loupes, the use of which helps to avoid damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve, devices for intraoperative ultrasound scanning, systems for radiofrequency coagulation of blood vessels, neuromonitoring systems for controlling the state of recurrent laryngeal nerves during surgery, a device for express biopsy in case of suspected oncology, as well as laboratory possibilities for intraoperative determination of parathyroid hormone levels. The technical base contributes to the most effective and safe surgical procedures, after which the patient can quickly return to his usual life. The highly qualified surgeons of the medical facility have all the necessary resources to restore the health of patients suffering from endocrine pathologies.
Most of the surgical procedures in the department are performed for thyroid diseases: pathological thyroid enlargement, "cold" thyroid nodules, thyroid malignancies and others. The surgical intervention is always preceded by comprehensive diagnostics, the results of which make it possible to assess the advisability of the surgical manipulation. For the convenience of patients, preoperative examinations are often performed on an outpatient basis. With clinical confirmation of the indications for surgery, surgeons begin to plan the upcoming intervention. The department's doctors use both minimally invasive and classic open surgical techniques in their clinical practice. Whenever possible, first-line therapy is a low-traumatic surgical intervention. Follow-up diagnostic tests are carried out 6-7 days after the operation to assess its results. The patient also receives the necessary recommendations for further medical supervision and treatment.
The department's range of surgical services includes:
- Surgery for benign thyroid diseases
- Thyroid nodules without hyperfunction (nodular goiter)
- Thyroid nodules or enlargement with hyperfunction
- Surgery for malignant thyroid diseases
- Papillary and follicular thyroid cancers
- Medullary / C-cell thyroid cancers
- Lymph node removal for thyroid cancer (neck dissection)
- Surgery for parathyroid diseases
- Primary parathyroid hyperfunction (primary hyperparathyroidism)
- Secondary parathyroid hyperfunction due to decreased renal function or dialysis (secondary hyperparathyroidism)
- Surgical interventions for other endocrine diseases
Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. med. Cornelia Dotzenrath
Prof. Dr. med. Cornelia Dotzenrath holds the position of the Head Physician of the Department of Endocrine Surgery at the HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal. She is certified in General Surgery, Special Abdominal Surgery and Traumatology. According to the Focus magazine, Prof. Cornelia Dotzenrath regularly ranks among the top specialists in the field of her expertise.
Dr. Dotzenrath's special clinical interests include nodular goiter and thyroid tumor surgery, surgical removal of parathyroid glands (parathyroidectomy) and surgical removal of adrenal glands (adrenalectomy).
Photo of the doctor: (c) Helios Universitätsklinikum Wuppertal
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