University Hospital Cologne

location_on Cologne, Germany
9.5/10 from 82 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Oral, Maxillofacial Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery (26187)

Joachim Zöller

Prof. Dr. med.

Joachim Zöller

Specialized in: adult and pediatric oral, maxillofacial surgery, facial plastic surgery

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Oral, Maxillofacial Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery at the University Hospital Cologne offers the full range of surgical treatment of maxillofacial diseases and defects, modern implantology and reconstructive plastic surgery of the head and neck. The department’s successful clinical activities are based on three important components, namely comprehensive diagnostics, high-quality treatment adapted to the specific clinical situation and careful follow-up monitoring of the patient's health. The surgical procedures are performed in perfectly equipped operating rooms, on both an outpatient and inpatient basis. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Zöller.

The department is a certified Center for Head and Neck Tumors (certified by the German Cancer Society). In addition, the department has won the status of the Center of Competence for Facial and Craniofacial Surgery. In this direction, there is maintained close interdisciplinary cooperation with the related specialists, for example, neurosurgeons, pediatricians, otolaryngologists, ophthalmologists and orthodontists. Of particular interest is the treatment of complete cleft lip and palate, premature cranial synostoses and syndromic malformations in children.

The doctors of the department have an excellent reputation due to the outstanding results in the treatment of benign and malignant maxillofacial tumors. Depending on the location and type of neoplasm (benign or malignant), the general condition of the patient, as well as his wishes, the doctors develop a customized treatment plan. In most cases, the treatment process involves the experts in the field of radiation therapy, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, etc.

The removal of maxillofacial tumors often leads to the formation of functional and aesthetic defects, and therefore the treatment is provided in combination with functional and cosmetic reconstruction. Such a reconstruction can be carried out in the course of a single intervention (simultaneously with the removal of the tumor) or as a secondary operation. All surgical procedures are aimed at preserving the shape and functionality of the face. The patient will be thoroughly monitored by his attending physician during the next several years after the completion of treatment.

The medical team of the department makes every effort to provide each patient with optimal treatment, taking into account the aesthetic result. In addition, the department offers a pleasant and friendly atmosphere, doctors get along well with children. All this in combination with the cutting-edge medical technology and innovative treatments ensures the highest level of medical service.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
    • Congenital maxillofacial malformations (for example, complete cleft lip and palate, premature cranial synostoses)
    • Hypodontia, oligodontia and anodontia (partial or complete absence of teeth)
  • Cancer surgery
    • Diagnostics and treatment of tumors in the mouth, jaw and face
      • Imaging diagnostics and histological studies
      • Chemotherapy
      • Radiation therapy
      • Photodynamic therapy
      • Surgical resection
      • Combination therapy
      • Reconstructive interventions to correct defects
  • Trauma surgery
    • Teeth injuries
    • Injuries to the bones of the facial skull and surrounding soft tissue
    • Lower jaw and midfacial fractures
  • Oral surgery
    • Root apex resection
    • Tooth extraction
    • Surgical extraction of the wisdom tooth
    • Interventions to remove cysts
  • Implantology
    • Implant installation
    • Regional augmentation of the alveolar ridge using bone graft
    • Distraction osteogenesis
    • Alveolar ridge reconstruction
    • Three-dimensional (3D) X-ray for planning dental implantation
  • Facial plastic interventions to restore functional and aesthetic defects after the resection of tumors, cysts, etc.
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

  • Studying at the Medical Faculty of the Heidelberg University.
  • Study of Dentistry at the Mainz University.
  • 1983 Advance training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • 1987 Qualified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.
  • 1988 Senior Physician.
  • 1990 Additional qualification "Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery".
  • 1992 Assistant Professorship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • 1994 Head of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital.
  • 1997 Professor C4 and Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Oral, Maxillofacial Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, University Hospital Cologne.

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