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Department of Interventional Radiology - St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe

St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe, Germany
Department id # 333815
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Prof. Dr. med. Karl-Jürgen Lehmann
Department of Interventional Radiology
Specialized in: interventional radiology

About the Department of Interventional Radiology at St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe

The Department of Interventional Radiology at the St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe offers the full range of medical services in the areas of its specialization. The department's team of doctors performs imaging diagnostics and image-guided therapeutic interventional procedures. The department has state-of-the-art equipment, which allows the doctors to perform the full range of imaging tests, such as X-ray, sonography, mammography, angiography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging, as well as PET-CT and SPECT-CT (in collaboration with the nuclear medicine specialists). As for the department's therapeutic offer, the focus is on endovascular treatment of vascular diseases and cancer. The department has an emergency service that provides 24-hour care for patients with acute bleeding, vascular obstructions, and other urgent conditions. Diagnostic examinations and most therapeutic procedures are performed on an outpatient basis without mandatory hospitalization. The department's doctors are always open to dialog with the patient and tell them in detail about the upcoming procedure and its expected results. To store the results of imaging tests, the department uses a modern picture archiving and communication system (PACS), which allows for unhindered access to images for doctors in all departments of the hospital. The Head Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Karl-Jürgen Lehmann.

The department successfully performs image-guided endovascular interventions for the treatment of vascular diseases. Doctors regularly perform percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty with follow-up stent implantation for the elimination of stenoses of the coronary arteries, carotid arteries, and lower limb arteries. During this procedure, a balloon catheter is percutaneously introduced into the vascular system through the groin, positioned at the area of the narrowing, and inflated to expand the artery. All the manipulations are done under angiography or computed tomography guidance. Then a stent, resembling a metal frame, is placed in the area of the narrowed blood vessel. The stent prevents recurrent stenosis. Percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty is performed under local anesthesia and does not require any skin or soft tissue incisions, so patients quickly recover after treatment.

Lysis therapy for stroke is regularly performed in the department's operating rooms. This treatment involves targeted catheter-based drug injections to dissolve blood clots that impede normal blood supply to the brain.

Doctors also have vast experience in endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms (EVAR). The essence of the method is the implantation of a special stent graft to strengthen the walls of the blood vessel in the area of the aneurysm, preventing its rupture and related consequences. The EVAR procedure is performed through a vascular approach in the groin area with the use of local anesthesia under angiography guidance. This method of aneurysm repair is a good alternative to open surgery, which potentially carries high risks for the patient.

The department's team of interventional radiologists performs many effective therapeutic procedures for patients with cancer. The most popular procedures in this area include chemoembolization and radiofrequency ablation. Chemoembolization involves localized chemotherapy for the treatment of malignant tumors of various localizations. The essence of the therapeutic manipulation is to close the lumen of the artery supplying the tumor with embolization microspheres containing chemotherapy drugs. As a result, the tumor is deprived of blood supply, and the local effect of chemotherapeutic agents leads to the destruction of the neoplasm. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and is relatively well tolerated.

Radiofrequency ablation is most often performed for primary and secondary malignant liver tumors. When performing this therapeutic procedure, the specialists introduce electrodes into the area affected by cancer, causing a local temperature increase to 60-110°C. The extreme heat applied to the tumor leads to its necrosis. It is important that this treatment method affects the cancer focus directly without harming healthy tissues. Doctors can repeat radiofrequency ablation if required.

The department's range of medical services includes:

  • Diagnostics
    • Imaging tests
      • X-ray
      • Sonography
      • Mammography
      • Angiography
      • Computed tomography
      • Magnetic resonance imaging
      • PET-CT and SPECT-CT (in collaboration with the nuclear medicine specialists)
      • Lymphography
    • Image-guided interventional tests
      • Bronchial arteriography
      • Image-guided biopsy
  • Treatment
    • Image-guided interventional therapeutic procedures
      • Percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty followed by stent implantation
      • Lysis therapy
      • Atherectomy
      • Thrombectomy
      • Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm (EVAR)
      • Endovascular repair of arteriovenous malformations
      • Embolization for arresting bleeding
      • Embolization for uterine myomas
      • Sclerotherapy for varicocele
      • Chemoembolization, including transarterial chemoembolization (TACE)
      • Radiofrequency ablation for liver tumors
      • Portal vein embolization
      • Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography
      • Preoperative tumor blood vessel embolization
      • Percutaneous nephrostomy
      • Image-guided pain management
      • Endovascular interventions for urgent conditions (for example, massive hemorrhage or vascular occlusion)
  • Other diagnostic and treatment methods

Curriculum vitae

Since November 1999, Prof. Dr. med. Karl-Jürgen Lehmann has been the Head of the Department of Interventional Radiology at the St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe. The specialist also served as Medical Director of the St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe for more than 13 years, where he made significant contributions to the development of the medical facility. Additionally, from July 2015 to November 2019, the professor was a member of the Supervisory Board of the St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe.

Photo of the doctor: (c) ViDia Kliniken Karlsruhe