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Hospital Kassel

location_on Kassel, Germany
9.9/10 from 46 Votes

Department of Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedics and Treatment of Severe Burn Injuries (667102)

Franz Georg Schnekenburger

Dr. med.

Franz Georg Schnekenburger

Specialized in: pediatric surgery, pediatric orthopedics, treatment of severe burn injuries

About the department

The Department of Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedics and Treatment of Severe Burn Injuries at the Hospital Kassel specializes in the full spectrum of surgical interventions in children, including in newborns. The highest professionalism of the department's surgeons allows them to successfully perform surgery even in premature newborns weighing 500 grams. The department's ​​competence also includes high-quality conservative and surgical treatment of musculoskeletal diseases in children. The service range is complemented by the treatment of severe burns in children. Many surgical procedures are performed using sparing minimally invasive techniques, due to which the child does not need a long postoperative recovery, as well as severe pain syndrome is excluded. Depending on the complexity of the clinical case, the surgical procedures can be performed both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The preoperative diagnostics is carried out using special equipment adapted to the needs of children and the characteristics of a growing body. An important role is played by the pleasant atmosphere in the department, which contributes to the speedy recovery of young patients. The department's doctors get along well with children and help them overcome their fear of the upcoming treatment. The department is headed by Dr. med. Franz Georg Schnekenburger.

Everyday, the highly qualified surgeons working in the department performs surgery to treat congenital anomalies, gastrointestinal diseases, urological diseases in boys, respiratory diseases and thoracic deformities, musculoskeletal diseases and injuries, as well as surgery to remove benign and malignant neoplasms. Whenever required, the specialists from related medical fields are involved in the therapeutic process. The surgeons perform surgery in young patients of various age groups – from premature babies to adolescents. They often use sparing minimally invasive techniques, which allow them to cure a child with a surgical disease without extensive skin incisions for surgical access. When performing such operations, the pediatric surgeon makes only a few small skin incisions from 0.5 to 1.5 cm. These incisions are used to insert special surgical instruments and a miniature camera that transmits the image of the operating field on a large screen. Minimally invasive surgery eliminates damage to healthy tissues, but at the same time it is as effective as classical open surgery.

One of the important fields of the department's clinical activities is the treatment of severe burn injuries in children. The department mostly admits children with hot liquid burns and fire burns. The department has a special Intensive Care Unit for emergency care to children with burns. The primary task of the department's specialists is to relieve pain and eliminate shock in a young patient. At the next stage of treatment, it is important to remove the affected skin areas as soon as possible and perform flap plastic surgery. When treating young patients, the department's specialists follow the current clinical protocols and recommendations of the German Society for Burn Treatment. It should be noted that the department cooperates closely with the main Severe Burn Injury Center in Hamburg, while the department's employees take an active part in the activities of the professional Working Group "Severe childhood burns". The department admits young patients from many cities in Germany providing them with highly effective treatment even in those cases, which seem hopeless, and therefore it has the status of one of the best highly specialized centers for the treatment of thermal burns in the country.

The department also pays special attention to the treatment of congenital and acquired musculoskeletal diseases in children. It specializes not only in surgery, but also in conservative therapy. After a comprehensive diagnostics and assessment of the condition of the musculoskeletal system, the orthopedic surgeons decide on the most appropriate treatment tactics. Surgery is the last-line treatment and is used only if the specialists are confident that conservative techniques will not be effective. The most common orthopedic disorders in children include hip dysplasia and hip dislocation, Perthes disease, O-shaped and X-shaped deformities of the lower limbs, foot deformities (for example, clubfoot, flat feet) and hand deformities (syndactyly and polydactyly). In the course of treatment, the doctors always take into account the age of the young patient and the characteristics of the growing organism.

The department’s range of medical services includes:

  • Neonatal surgery and surgical correction of congenital malformations
    • Surgery for congenital malformations of the esophagus, intestines and rectum
    • Surgery for congenital functional disorders of the intestine (for example, Hirschsprung's disease)
    • Surgery for severe inflammatory bowel disease
    • Surgery for omphalocele and gastroschisis
    • Surgery for diaphragmatic malformations
    • Surgery for hypertrophic pyloric stenosis
    • Surgery for congenital bile duct obstruction
    • Surgery for spina bifida
    • Surgery for hydrocephalus
  • General pediatric surgery
    • Surgery for neck cysts and fistulas 
    • Surgery for appendicitis
    • Surgery for intussusception
    • Surgery for intestinal obstruction
    • Surgery for chronic constipation
    • Surgery for gallstone disease
    • Surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Pediatric urology
    • Surgery for ureteral stricture
    • Surgery for vesicoureteral reflux 
    • Surgery for hypospadias
    • Surgery for congenital posterior urethral valves
    • Surgery for malformations and diseases of the upper and lower urinary tract
  • Endoscopic procedures in children
    • Endoscopic examinations of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum
    • Endoscopic examinations of the small bowel, colon and rectum
    • Endoscopic examinations of the bladder and urethra
    • Endoscopic examinations of the trachea and bronchi
  • Pediatric thoracic surgery
    • Surgery for pectus excavatum (Nuss procedure)
    • Surgery for pectus carinatum
    • Surgery for lung malformations
    • Lung resection
  • Pediatric plastic surgery
    • Surgery for hand malformations (syndactyly and polydactyly)
    • Surgery for everted ears
    • Surgery for gynecomastia in boys
    • Surgery for craniosynostosis
  • Comprehensive treatment of severe burn injuries in children
  • Pediatric traumatology
    • Conservative and surgical treatment of bone fractures
    • Conservative and surgical treatment of traumatic brain injuries, thoracic and abdominal injuries
  • Pediatric orthopedics
    • Treatment of congenital and acquired hip dislocation, hip dysplasia
    • Treatment of Perthes disease
    • Treatment of slipped capital femoral epiphysis
    • Correction of O-shaped and X-shaped deformities of the lower limbs
    • Correction of limb length difference
    • Treatment of kneecap instability or knee cartilage defects
    • Correction of congenital and acquired foot deformities (for example, clubfoot, flat feet, hallux valgus)
    • Treatment of the consequences of neuromuscular diseases (for example, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, etc.)
    • Correction of musculoskeletal defects caused by injuries
  • Tumor surgery
    • Surgery to remove benign tumors
    • Surgery to remove hemangiomas
    • Surgery to remove lipoma 
    • Surgery to remove soft and bone tissue tumors
    • Surgery to remove malignant tumors (in cooperation with the Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology)
      • Wilms' tumor
      • Neuroblastoma
      • Teratoma
      • Rhabdomyosarcoma
      • Lung tumors
      • Lymphoma
      • Testicular tumors
  • Laser procedures (Nd:YAG laser)
    • Removal of hemangiomas
    • Removal of lymphangiomas
    • Removal of congenital posterior urethral valves
    • Correction of esophageal stricture
  • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Surgery for abdominal diseases
    • Appendix removal (appendectomy)
    • Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)
    • Surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease
    • Surgery for urologic diseases in boys
    • Surgery for vesicoureteral reflux
    • Surgery for thoracic diseases, including lung malformations
    • Surgery for malformations of the chest wall (pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum)
  • Outpatient surgery
    • Surgery for inguinal hernias
    • Surgery for undescended testes
    • Surgery for phimosis (tight foreskin)
    • Surgery for skin tumors
    • Surgery for everted ears
    • Surgery for bone fractures
  • Other therapeutic options

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