University Hospital Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Treatment of mesenteric artery atherosclerosis with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and thromboendarterectomy (program ID: 109313)

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

Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at University Hospital Frankfurt has become in recent years an important national center of planned or on an emergency basis to be performed treatments of vascular system.

Spektrum of the department are the proven open surgery, interventional catheter technique and purely conservative methods:

  • Open surgical and endovascular treatment of vascular diseases
  • Conservative treatment of arterial vascular disease
  • Diagnosis and treatment of injuries of the vascular system
  • Trans Plantation Surgery
  • Plastic and reconstructive procedures
  • Dialysis Hunt Surgery
  • Diagnosis and treatment of venous disease
  • Amputation surgery
  • Surgical Intensive Care
  • Medical management
  • Arteriography
  • Duplex sonography
  • One-dimensional sonography
  • Native sonography
  • Ultrasonography with contrast agent
  • 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)
  • color doppler echocardiography
  • color doppler sonography of abdominal vessels
  • duplex of abdominal and peripheral vessels
  • CT/ MRI-angiography of abdominal vessels
  • preoperative care
  • percutaneous transluminal angioplasty
    of mesenteric artery with thromboendarterectomy
  • blood transfusions (if needed)
  • 1-day intensive care unit stay
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation in 2 bedded room 
  • developing of further guidance 


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About hospital

Universitätsklinikum Frankfurt ist the affiliated hospital of Goethe University Frankfurt.  Founded in 1914, it is a famous and traditional hospital in Germany.  Approximately 49,000 inpatients and 220,000 outpatients are treated in this clinic every year. The best possible medical care for  patients is very important in the 32 specialized clinics and clinical theoretical institutes.

The close relation to science - the hospital operate together with 20 research institutes in medical faculty - ensures the patients a timely transfer of new medical discoveries in the therapeutic practice.  More than 4,000 employees (doctors, nurses and many other professionals) take care of our patients around 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.