University Hospital Giessen UKGM
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery (113973)
Specialized in: otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, plastic surgery
About the department
The Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery at the University Hospital Giessen UKGM offers the full range of medical services in the areas of its specialization. The priority interests of clinical practice include the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, plastic aesthetic surgery of the face and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck, surgical treatment of ear diseases, hearing impairment, treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the salivary glands, laryngeal, paranasal sinus surgery, skull base surgical navigation and surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. The doctors have in their arsenal all modern conservative and surgical treatment methods. The department also widely applies minimally invasive surgical techniques. The department is headed by Dr. med. Gregor Wolf.
The department’s key focus is the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck. Such pathologies mostly require surgical treatment. The department's specialists have a perfect command of the classical surgical and innovative techniques, for example, laser surgery. Each patient receives treatment according to an individually developed scheme adapted to his clinical indications and needs. If necessary, surgical treatment will be followed by the reconstructive interventions to correct defects and improve the aesthetic appearance. In most cases, surgical treatment is supplemented by radiation therapy or chemotherapy, which gives an optimal therapeutic result. The specialized experts will be involved for these purposes. After treatment, the patient should undergo a regular monitoring to prevent the development of relapse.
In addition, of particular interest is the treatment of hearing impairments. Depending on the causes of the pathology and its stage, the patient can be prescribed both drug and surgical treatment. Hearing problems are mostly caused by inner ear dysfunction (congenital and age-related changes, Meniere's disease, etc.). In pathologies of the inner ear, hearing is restored using hearing aids and hearing implants. In complex cases, cochlear implantation may be the only treatment option.
The department has an excellent reputation in the treatment of salivary gland diseases, for example, benign and malignant tumors. Most neoplasms are benign and localized in the parotid salivary gland. Surgery is almost always required. The operations are performed using the cutting-edge surgical microscopes and systems for facial nerve function monitoring. The salivary gland malignancies are much less common. They often lead to the damage of facial nerves, and therefore resection of such tumors is carried out in combination with facial nerve reconstruction. In the case of facial paralysis, additional plastic surgery may be required. Also, the department's doctors specialize in the treatment of salivary gland stones. The therapeutic options for this pathology include lithotripsy and sialendoscopy.
The main activities of the department include:
- Cochlear implantation
- Diagnostics and treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck
- Surgical treatment, including minimally invasive procedures
- Radiation therapy
- Reconstructive surgery of the head and neck
- Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the middle and inner ear (inflammatory processes, tumors)
- Reconstructive interventions on the eardrum (using cartilage tissue)
- Stapedoplasty in otosclerosis
- Implantation of hearing aids
- Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the paranasal sinuses
- Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the salivary glands (benign and malignant neoplasms, salivary gland stones)
- Diagnostics and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea
- Diagnostics and treatment of laryngeal diseases, including voice disorders
- Plastic surgery
- Nose reshaping
- Auricle reshaping
- Other medical services
Photo of the doctor: (c) UKGM - Universitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg GmbH
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