Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology | Treatment in University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich | Departments. Germany | BookingHealth
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Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology - University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Munich, Germany
Department id # 113757
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Prof. Dr. med. Martin Canis
Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology
Specialized in: adult and pediatric otolaryngology

About the Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology at University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

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The Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich offers the full range of services in this medical field. The priority focuses of the department's clinical practice include the treatment of hearing impairment and hearing loss, diseases of the nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, and skull base, as well as speech, voice, and swallowing disorders, and dizziness. The team of ENT doctors at the medical facility successfully copes with the treatment of malignant head and neck neoplasms. In cooperation with plastic surgeons, the department performs several types of facial plastic surgery, including rhinoplasty, otoplasty, blepharoplasty, scar revision, wrinkle treatment with Botox, and autologous adipose tissue injections. Thanks to outstanding specialists in their field and state-of-the-art medical equipment, the department is one of the leading medical facilities of this kind in Germany. The department has 102 beds and two large outpatient clinics. All diagnostic and therapeutic measures meet current national and international standards. Surgical interventions are performed using laparoscopic, endoscopic, and microsurgical techniques. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Martin Canis.

The department successfully conducts diagnostics and treatment of hearing, speech, voice, and swallowing disorders in adults and children. A highly specialized AUDIOMUC Center was created here for this purpose. The specialists at the center carry out ENT examinations to detect pathological changes, after which they prescribe the most effective treatment. Drug therapy is preferred whenever possible, while surgery is the last-line treatment. A special focus of the AUDIOMUC medical team is regular check-ups and monitoring of patients with previously implanted hearing aids and cochlear implants. The specialists also perform cochlear implantation for adults and children. Today, cochlear implantation is a true medical breakthrough that allows for the treatment of the most complex forms of hearing loss, including unilateral hearing loss. 

An integral part of the work of the department's ENT doctors is the treatment of nose and paranasal sinus pathologies. Patients with difficulty nasal breathing often seek medical help from the department. The reason for this may be enlarged turbinates, for example, due to an inflammatory process. The diagnostic stage involves endoscopic procedures and rhinomanometry. Radiofrequency procedures or laser interventions can be performed (on an outpatient basis) to eliminate the pathology. Difficulty nasal breathing can also be caused by a deviated septum. In this case, the department's specialists perform a septoplasty (with minimally invasive techniques), which makes it possible to eliminate not only breathing problems but also some aesthetic defects.

The medical facility also provides the full range of diagnostics and treatment for malignant head and neck tumors: cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, and paranasal sinuses, as well as malignant neoplasms of the skin of the head and neck and malignant tumors of the salivary glands. Patients with head and neck cancers are treated in cooperation with the specialists from the Comprehensive Cancer Center Munich and the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. To achieve a good therapeutic result, surgical resection of the malignant tumor is usually required. The team of the department's doctors works in state-of-the-art operating rooms adapted for operations of any complexity. They have technical options for microsurgical, laser, and robot-assisted interventions. The primary goal of doctors is to completely remove the tumor, but it is also important to ensure a satisfactory aesthetic result, and therefore, if necessary, reconstructive plastic surgery may be performed. It should be noted that small head and neck tumors in the early stages are removed mainly with the help of laser techniques. Cancer treatment also often includes chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, as well as other types of conservative therapy.

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

Diagnostics and treatment of hearing impairment in adults and children

  • Middle ear reconstructive surgery (for example, after inflammation, tumors, and trauma)
  • Placement of classic hearing aids
  • Placement of active middle ear implants (for complex types of hearing impairment)
  • Placement of bone conduction implants (for example, in chronic purulent middle ear inflammation)
  • Cochlear implantation (for severe types of sensorineural hearing loss) in adults and children
Diagnostics and treatment of dizziness and balance disorders
  • Drug therapy
  • Surgical interventions
Diagnostics and treatment of nose and paranasal sinus diseases
  • Conservative therapy
  • Endonasal endoscopic surgery
  • Microsurgical interventions
  • Laser surgery
Diagnostics and treatment of speech, voice, and swallowing disorders in adults and children
  • Laparoscopic interventions
  • Laser microsurgery for voice and speech restoration
  • Laryngeal plastic surgery
Diagnostics and treatment of allergies
  • Drug therapy for pollen, dust, and pet allergies 
Diagnostics and treatment of benign and malignant head and neck tumors
  • Surgery
    • Computer-assisted navigation surgery
    • Robot-assisted surgery
    • High-precision laser procedures (at the early stages of cancer)
    • Auxiliary operations to preserve the function of the nerve endings
    • Plastic reconstructive surgery after tumor removal
  • Conservative therapy
    • Photodynamic therapy
    • Chemotherapy
    • Radiation therapy
    • Combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy
Diagnostics and treatment of skull base diseases
  • Computer-assisted navigation surgery for inflammatory processes, fractures, tumors, etc.
Diagnostics and treatment of salivary gland diseases
  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for salivary gland stones
  • Microsurgical interventions
  • Reconstructive interventions after tumor removal
Diagnostics and treatment of snoring and sleep-related breathing disorders in adults and children (within an interdisciplinary Sleep Laboratory)
  • Minimally invasive interventions
  • Use of a special mask for continuous positive airway pressure
Diagnostics and treatment of Osler-Weber-Rendu disease
  • Drug therapy
  • Surgical interventions, including laser ones
Plastic aesthetic surgery of the head, face and neck
  • Eyelid and facial surgery (for example, in facial paralysis)
  • Nose reshaping surgery
  • Ear reshaping surgery (also for children from the age of 6 years)
  • Scar revision
  • Treatment of wrinkles with Botox and autologous adipose tissue injections

Other medical services


Curriculum vitae

After studying human medicine at the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg and clinical practice at the University of Vienna, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and the University of St. Gallen, Prof. Dr. med. Martin Canis became an Intern and Research Fellow at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 2004. In 2010, he was appointed the Acting Head Physician in the Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology.

In 2009, Prof. Canis has his board certification, followed by additional qualifications in Allergology, Healthcare Quality Management, Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery.

In 2011, Prof. Canis received an offer to hold the position of W2 Professor at the University of Munich, which he refused. In the same year, he moved to the University of Goettingen, where he held the position of Head of the Section of Oncology, Reconstructive Surgery and Allergology, and since 2014, he was appointed as the Acting Head of the Department of Otolaryngology.

Then he received three offers to hold positions in the departments at the Universities of Goettingen, Regensburg, and Munich. In 2016, Dr. Canis accepted the offer to hold the position of Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Prof. Canis is the author of more than 100 works, many of which are published in the respected and reputable international professional journals, which testifies about his outstanding scientific knowledge.

In addition, Prof. Dr. med. Martin Canis holds many awards and prizes. In particular, he was awarded Johannes Zange Prize for the publications from the North-German Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, as well as Meyer-zum-Gottesberg Prize for Audiology Research from the German Society for Audiology.

In 2013, Prof. Canis received a Scholarship from the German Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, thanks to which he gained an invaluable experience at the Center for Skull Base Surgery at the Loyola University in Chicago (USA). Here the doctor had a unique training in Highly Specialized Surgical and Microsurgical Interventions.

Photo of the doctor: (c) LMU Klinikum