Marienhaus Hospital St. Elisabeth Neuwied
Department of General, Visceral and Vascular Surgery (289989)
Specialized in: general surgery, abdominal surgery, vascular surgery
About the department
The Department of General, Visceral and Vascular Surgery at the Marienhaus Klinikum St. Elisabeth Neuwied provides the range of services, starting from the treatment of inguinal hernia up to a comprehensive tumor surgery. The director of the Department is Dr. med. Claus Schneider. The Department maintains cooperation with other disciplines in all fields of its activity. In particular, the physicians of the Department provide planning, treatment and nursing together with the colleagues from the Department of Internal Medicine, specializing in benign and malignant diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and endocrine glands (e.g. thyroid).
If possible, the treatment involves the use of the latest minimally invasive techniques, such as “keyhole” techniques. The treatment of malignant diseases often requires additional therapies. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy serve as adjunct to improve the treatment outcome. Therefore, the physicians of the Department of General and Visceral Surgery closely cooperate with oncologists within the Marienhaus Klinikum.
Vascular surgery covers surgical and endovascular treatment of vessels. The field of vascular surgery in the Marienhaus Klinikum St. Elisabeth Neuwied offers all surgical procedures that do not require the use of a cardiopulmonary bypass. Apart from modern endovascular methods (in cooperation with radiology), the Department under the direction of Dr. med. Claus Schneider has a special focus on the treatment of diabetic foot.
Another focus of vascular surgery includes the treatment of pathological dilation of blood vessels (aneurysm), abdominal and thoracic arteries. The treatment of this condition involves cutting-edge methods (endovascular obliteration). This method allows patients to avoid major surgery. A hospital stay is usually from five to six days.
To avoid stoke, the Marienhaus Klinikum St. Elisabeth Neuwied regularly provides surgery on the arteries that supply blood to the brain (e.g. carotid artery). There are also used all modern treatments for this disease (stents, open surgery).
General and Abdominal Surgery at the Marienhaus Klinikum St. Elisabeth Neuwied under the direction of Dr. med. Claus Schneider covers special surgical diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases of the abdominal and thoracic cavity, thyroid, as well as soft tissue disorders of the whole body:
- Surgical treatment of diseases, such as chronic pancreatitis, excessive sweating or metastases in the lungs
- Sphincter-sparing surgery for low-lying rectal cancer
- Surgery for stomach or pancreatic cancer
- Recovery upon esophageal cancer
- In collaboration with colleagues from Traumatology, the comprehensive treatment of patients with severe (and the most severe) injuries
Vascular surgery includes surgical and endovascular treatment of vessels.
- Carotid artery surgery to prevent stroke and surgery on leg arteries (“smoker’s gangrene”, intermittent claudication (“window disease”))
- Treatment of dialysis patients in cooperation with nephrologists; there are placed vascular accesses (shunts), which are necessary for long-term dialysis
- Surgery on the thoracic and abdominal aorta (aortic aneurysms)
- Diseases of veins, such as varicose veins
- 1984 – 1990 medical education at the Philipp University of Marburg and the University of Essen
- 1991 – 1992 medical practice in the Department of Surgery, Minden Medical Center
- 1993 fellow of the Young Research Foundation, at the Institute of Theoretical Surgery, Philipp University of Marburg
- 1994 – 2000 research assistant, Department of General Surgery, University of Hamburg
- 2000 – 2002 assistant physician, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Altona General Hospital in Hamburg
- 2002 – 2004 senior physician, Clinic and Polyclinic of General, Thoracic and Visceral Surgery, University of Hamburg
- 2004 ship’s doctor, ship Polarstern, south of the Arctic Ocean
- 2004 – 2008 head of the Clinic and Polyclinic of General, Thoracic and Visceral Surgery, University of Hamburg
- Since 2009 chief physician of the Department of General, Visceral and Vascular Surgery, Marienhaus Klinikum St. Elisabeth Neuwied
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