St. Joseph Hospital Haan
Department of Vascular Surgery (303012)
Specialized in: vascular surgery
The Department of Vascular Surgery at the St. Joseph Hospital Haan offers both diagnosis and treatment of all vascular diseases. Particular attention is given to the treatment of impaired arterial blood circulation, occlusion of the peripheral arteries (“shop-window disease”), enlargements of the abdominal and thoracic arteries (aneurysms) etc. Since December 2008, the Department has been recognized the Center for Vascular Diseases, certified by the German Society for Vascular Surgery (DGG). The Head of the Department is Dr. med. Udo Huberts.
The Department of Vascular Surgery is primarily specialized in the carotid artery surgery for the prevention of strokes. The surgery is performed either under general or under local anesthesia. During the surgery carotid artery is cut in the neck and the stenosis area is removed. Depending on the length, a small patch is sewn or the carotid artery is sewn directly. To ensure a constant blood supply to the brain throughout the surgery, there is maintained bypass blood circulation (shunting) during the operation. The intervention ends up with contrast-enhanced vascular imaging (angiography) to check the surgery outcome. Inpatient stay usually lasts from 3 to 5 days.
The physicians of the Department have unique experience in the treatment of obliterating atherosclerosis of peripheral arteries. Its treatment involves the use of various techniques. A balloon catheter can be used to expand small narrowing through a puncture in the inguinal area. It can also be simultaneously strengthened by a shunt. If balloon expansion is no longer possible, specialists perform bypass surgery. To this end, doctors use patient’s own veins, if they are available. They have a much higher frequency of opening as compared to the artificial prosthetic veins. The distinctive feature of the Department of Vascular Surgery is minimally invasive bypass, in which the vein is taken by an endoscopic method ("keyhole" technique). This significantly reduces the incidence of wound healing problems. Numerous interventions are also a combination of both methods (hybrid interventions).
Other focuses of the Department include the treatment of the abdominal and thoracic artery expansion (aneurysm), varicose veins (varicose), dialysis shunting, as well as diabetic foot surgery.
The range of surgical services of the Department of Vascular Surgery includes:
- Treatment of diabetic patients with severe circulatory disorders and threatening amputation
- Bypass surgery for circulatory disorders (the so-called “shop-window disease”)
- Carotid artery surgery to prevent stroke
- Abdominal artery surgery in aneurysm
- Installation of endovascular stent prostheses in aneurysms
- Stretching of vessel walls in stenosis using balloon catheters and bypass surgery
- Treatment of varicose veins and chronic ulcers of the shin
- Dialysis shunting to create vascular access for connecting to an artificial kidney
- Minimally invasive bypass techniques
- Surgery of endovascular prostheses in thoracic aortic aneurysms
- Minimally invasive interventions for circulatory disorders of the hands
- Haan, Germany