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University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

location_on Dresden, Germany
9.1/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Otolaryngology (292196)

Thomas Zahnert

Prof. Dr. med. Dr.h.c.

Thomas Zahnert

Specialized in: otolaryngology

About the department

The Department of Otolaryngology at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of ear, nose and throat diseases. The department specializes in the surgical treatment of head and neck tumors, navigation surgery of the acoustic neuroma and skull base tumors, implantation of hearing aids, ear and orbital microsurgery, as well as nose and paranasal sinus endoscopic surgery and plastic reconstructive surgery. The Cochlear Implant Center (SCIC), which operates on the basis of the department, enjoys an international recognition. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Dr.h.c. Thomas Zahnert, who, according to the Focus magazine (2017, 2018), ranks among the leading physicians in Germany!

The main focus of the department is made on the surgical treatment of benign and malignant diseases and pathologies of ear, nose and throat. Minor and low-risk interventions are conducted on an outpatient basis. These include, for example, removal of pharyngeal tonsils, paracentesis (incision of the tympanic membrane) with the insertion of tympanostomy tubes, revision of the tympanic cavity, correction of the small eardrum defects, removal of bony swellings (exostoses), etc.

More invasive interventions are performed on an inpatient basis, including surgeries on the outer (pinna and ear canal), middle (eardrum, ossicles and mucosal spaces) and inner ear (installation of cochlear implants). In the field of nose surgery, doctors perform corrective interventions on the nasal septum, paranasal sinuses, as well as surgeries to treat skull base injuries and pathologies. The distinctive feature of the department is laser treatment of the laryngeal tumors. Thanks to the application of the cutting-edge laser technologies and precise control using operational microscope, the department ensures the highest treatment success with the optimal organ-sparing techniques. Another important department’s focus is phonosurgery, i.e., function-oriented laryngeal surgery. It aims to improve, preserve and reconstruct individual vocal capabilities.

The department has an exceptional expertise in the field of operative treatment of malignant diseases of the oral cavity and throat. The physicians mostly encounter with various kinds of squamous-cell carcinomas. In order to offer patients optimal treatment programs, they conduct histological tumor examination. In addition, there are used various methods of diagnostic imaging, including MRI, CT, PET and ultrasound, which allow the specialists to obtain further clinically relevant information. Thanks to the use of the very latest surgical techniques, laser surgery, ultrasonic scalpel, navigation-assisted surgery and plastic reconstructive surgery, the department is able to achieve the best treatment outcomes and minimize possible postoperative functional restrictions. An experienced team of physicians and nursing staff serves for the well-being of patients by putting every effort for ensuring the best chances of recovery.

The department’s surgical range of services includes the following options:

  • Outpatient surgery
    • Removal of pharyngeal tonsils
    • Paracentesis (incision of the tympanic membrane)
    • Revision of the tympanic cavity
    • Correction of the small eardrum defects
    • Removal of bony swellings (exostoses)
    • Minimally invasive laryngeal surgery
    • Removal of single cervical lymph nodes
    • Simple operations on the nasolacrimal ducts
    • Maxillary sinus surgery
    • Removal of calculi in the salivary glands and small cysts in the oral cavity
    • Excision of the salivary gland duct
    • And other types of surgical procedures
  • Inpatient surgery
    • Ear surgery
      • Outer ear (pinna and ear canal)
      • Middle ear (eardrum, ossicles and mucosal spaces)
      • Inner ear (insertion of cochlear implants)
    • Paranasal sinus surgery / septic surgery
      • Corrective interventions on the nasal septum
      • Surgical treatment of the paranasal sinuses
      • Surgery to treat skull base injuries and pathologies
    • Laser surgery for laryngeal cancer
    • Partial laryngeal resection
    • Phonosurgery
      • Surgical treatment of benign changes in the vocal cords, polyps, cysts and chronic edema
    • Cochlear implantation
    • Surgical treatment of malignancies of the tongue / tonsils / neck
      • Various kinds of squamous-cell carcinomas
      • Malignant lymphomas
      • Lymphoepithelial carcinomas
    • Plastic reconstructive surgery
  • And other treatment methods

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