St. Joseph Hospital Haan
Department of Internal Medicine (303009)
Specialized in: internal medicine
The Department of Internal Medicine at the St. Joseph Hospital Haan treats a wide range of diseases of the internal organs. The main clinical focuses of the Department are cardiovascular diseases, including the placement of pacemakers, diseases of the liver, gastrointestinal tract, as well as cancers and infectious diseases. The distinctive feature of the Department is an integrated Sleep Laboratory. The Head of the Department is Dr. Henning Henke.
In the field of gastroenterology the Department of Internal Medicine specializes in the following focuses: diseases of the liver and gastrointestinal tract, oncological diseases, diseases of the kidneys and infectious diseases. In close cooperation with the Departments of General Surgery and Vascular Surgery, Radiological practice and the Diabetes Center Rheinland Haan, there is provided both diagnosis and treatment of the whole range of gastrointestinal diseases, including malignant masses.
The Unit of Pulmonology and Phthisiology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of the entire spectrum of lung diseases, including malignant tumors. The treatment is especially focused on pneumonia, bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, COPD and malignant lung tumors.
The Unit of Pulmonology and Phthisiology has a comprehensive Pulmonary Function Laboratory offering the following diagnostic options:
- Body plethysmography for determining lung volume and airway resistance
- Spirometry for measuring lung volume and inhaled air
- Lung diffusion testing (gas exchange between air and blood)
- Measurement of the respiratory muscle strength (P0,1 technique)
- Blood gas test
- Provocative tests
- Carbon monoxide content in the inspired air (e.g. due to smoking)
- Spiroergometry in the diagnosis (and counseling) of choking
Oncological medicine is an important focus of the Department of Internal Medicine. The cutting-edge diagnosis of colorectal cancer ensures comparatively good recovery chances. In cooperation with other hospitals of the Kplus Group, the St. Joseph Hospital Haan together with the West German Cancer Center (WDC) has set up a specialized center with this aim in view. This was designed according to the strict criteria of the German Cancer Society. The experienced specialists use state-of-the-art technologies to provide an early detection, diagnosis and treatment. Every week, the Kplus Hospital Group conducts interdisciplinary cancer consultations to discuss patients’ clinical pictures.
To improve medical care for chronic patients, the Unit of Cardiology has developed a unique coronary heart disease management program (DMP KHK). The Department has at its command all diagnostic methods for non-invasive cardiology. In cooperation with the Department of General Surgery, for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias there are installed single and double chamber pacemakers, as well as defibrillators (ICD). These prevent life-threatening heart rhythm disorders. The Unit has a specialized outpatient clinic for monitoring pacemakers.
The medical team is proud to have the latest medical equipment and special treatments. The St. Joseph Hospital Haan possesses three video monitoring systems with highly productive processors and modern imaging technology, which are used in combination with 11 endoscopes for lung, stomach and intestine imaging. These devices allow obtaining of high-resolution images of the internal organs. In addition to an accurate diagnosis of changes and diseases of the lungs, as well as tissue sampling, there are also provided therapeutic interventions, in particular, to shrink tumors. There are used Bronchoflex tubes, which are extremely soft and flexible. This allows the treatment to exceed the usual standards.
The main focuses of the Department of Internal Medicine include:
- Diagnostic and interventional gastroenterology
- Cancer Center of the Kplus Hospital Group
- Cardiology / Coronary Heart Disease Management Program (DMP KHK)
- Asthma / COPD Management Program
- Sleep Laboratory
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