University Hospital Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Diagnostics of venous ulcer for varicose veins (program ID: 109381)

Thomas Schmitz-Rixen

Prof. Dr. med.

Thomas Schmitz-Rixen

Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Specialized in: general surgery, vascular surgery

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

1973: Humanistisches Abitur am Emil-Fischer-Gymnasium in Euskirchen
1973- 1980: Studium der Humanmedizin an der Albertus-Magnus-Universität in Köln
1980-1981: Assistenzarzt in der Klinik und Poliklinik für Chirurgie der Universität zu Köln (Pichlmaier)
1981-1982: Wehrdienst als Stabsarzt der Bundeswehr bei Heer und Luftwaffe in Munster, Köln-Wahn und Nörvenich
1982-1985: Assistenzarzt in der Klinik und Poliklinik für Chirurgie der Universität zu Köln (Pichlmaier, Reichmann)
1985-1987: Research Fellow und House Officer in Surgery im Massachusetts General Hospital – Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA (Abbott, Darling, Brewster)
1987 -1992:Stationsarzt in der Klinik und Poliklinik für Chirurgie der Universität zu Köln (Pichlmaier, Rehm)
1992-1998: Oberarzt in der Klinik und Poliklinik für Chirurgie der Universität zu Köln (Pichlmaier, seit 1996 Hölscher)
Seit 1998: Univ.-Professor für Gefäßchirurgie der J.W.Goethe-Universität
1998-2007: Leiter des Schwerpunkts Gefäß- und Endovascularchirurgie des Klinikums der J.W.Goethe- Universität Frankfurt am Main
Seit 2004: zusätzlich Chefarzt der Gefäßchirurgie im Hospital zum Heiligen Geist gGmbH, Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus der J.W.Goethe-Universität
Seit 2004: Konsiliarius für Gefäßchirurgie an der Deutschen Klinik für Diagnostik, Wiesbaden
Seit 2007: Direktor der Klinik für Gefäß- und Endovascular-Chirurgie des Klinikums der J.W.Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main


About the department keyboard_arrow_down

For the last few years the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Medical Center of the Frankfurt University has become an important national Center for both planned and emergency treatment of the diseases of the cardiovascular system.

The main focuses of the Department include open surgery, catheterization surgical technique and conservative methods:

  • Open surgery and endovascular treatment of vascular diseases
  • Conservative treatment of diseases of the arteries
  • Diagnosis and treatment of the vascular system injuries
  • Transplantation surgery
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Dialysis Hunt surgery
  • Diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the veins
  • Amputation surgery 
  • Intensive surgery
  • Medication
  • Arteriography 
  • Duplex ultrasound scan
  • One-dimentional ultrasonography
  • Native sonography
  • Contrast-enhanced ultrasonography 
  • Venography


Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • Lipid metabolism (HDL/LDL, cholesterol,
      triglycerides Lip(a), homocysteine)
    • blood coagulation analysis (aPTT, PT, INR)
    • inflammation indicators (CRP, ESR)
    • metabolic status (uric acid, total glucose, HbA1c)
    • cardiovascular disease risk markers
    • kidney function test (creatinine, urea)
  • bacteriological smear from the ulcer
  • color doppler echocardiography
  • duplex peripheral arteries
  • doppler/ duplex venous
  • phlebography (as indicated)
  • nursing services
  • consultation of related specialists
  • treatment by chief physician and all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan


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About hospital

The University Hospital Frankfurt is a part of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. The hospital with rich traditions was founded in 1914 and is a famous one in Germany. Annually about 50,000 inpatients and 220,000 outpatients are treated in this hospital. The main objective of 32 specialized departments and clinical and theoretical institutes is to provide the best possible patient care.

Through a close link with science the hospital cooperates with 20 research institutes of the Medical Department – new medical developments are quickly implemented into the patient care. The hospital has 1,286 beds. The numerous institutes are devoted to specific medical and scientific problems. Over 4,000 staff members (physicians, nurses and other specialists) take care of the patients in the hospital around the clock. The area of the hospital is about 433,200 square meters and has almost the same size as the historical center of Frankfurt. 

Foremost, the University Hospital has a special expertise and experience in the field of neuro sciences, oncology and cardiovascular medicine. The hospital is also of supraregional importance in the field of dialysis and cardiosurgery. Among other things the Departments of Ophthalmology, Gynecology, Dermatology, Urology and Internal Medicine provide high-class treatment to the thousands of patients. Annually, 4,532 hospital workers take care of patients’ health round the clock

Accommodation in hospital

Patients rooms

The kid rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The kid bathroom includes both a toilet and a shower. All rooms offer functional beds with orthopaedic mattresses ensuring unsurpassed support for overall body during sleep. There are bedside stands with pull-out tables, lockers and safe boxes in each room. It is also possible to access the Internet from a PC, smartphone or tablet so that kids always keep in touch with their parents and other family members. There is also a TV in each room.
You can opt for a single or a double room. An accompanying person may stay with the kid in the room. A double room is shared with another patient.
The enhanced comfort rooms are equipped with a safety box, a fridge and upholstered furniture.

Meals and Menus

The patient and the accompanying person are offered a daily choice of three menus. If you are on a specific diet for any reason, you will be offered an individual menu. Please inform the medical staff about your dietary preferences prior to the treatment.

Further details

Standard rooms include:






Christian priests are available for the patients at any time. Representatives of other religions may be requested at any time.

Accompanying person

Your companion may stay with you in your room or at a hotel of your choice during the fixed program.


You may stay at the hotel during the outpatient program. Our employees will support you for selecting the best option.