University Hospital Freiburg
Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology (459536)
Specialized in: adult and pediatric otolaryngology
About the department
The Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University Hospital Freiburg offers treatment of all diseases of the throat, nose and ear at the highest university level. Treatment of patients with cancer is provided within the framework of the certified Center for Head and Neck Cancer. The department also specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of congenital and acquired hearing loss and deafness, diseases of the skull base and orbit, voice pathologies, hearing and speech disorders in children, a wide range of allergic diseases, etc. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Knopf.
The treatment of patients with head and neck cancers is one of the clinical priorities of the department. It is provided within the framework of the certified interdisciplinary Center for Head and Neck Cancer (at the Interdisciplinary Cancer Center Freiburg). With the certificate of the German Cancer Society, the department is one of 12 leading Cancer Centers in Germany. The department has an experienced team of surgical oncologists and offers the full range of surgical treatments of head and neck tumors, including reconstructive interventions and treatment with epitheses to restore the appearance and function of the affected organ. The use of computerized surgical navigation and nerve monitoring systems contributes to the provision of optimal treatment and the best possible patient safety.
Skull base surgery is another important focus of the department. If indicated, surgical interventions are performed for benign and malignant tumors or traumas of the external, central and lateral base of the skull. Close collaboration with the Department of Neuroradiology is of crucial importance for surgery planning. Tumor size and process localization are determined by CT and/or MRI, MR angiography, digital subtraction angiography. If necessary, selective embolization of the affected vessels or therapeutic vascular occlusion is also included in surgical planning. Thus, surgical risks and intraoperative blood loss are minimized, thanks to which in most cases patients do not require blood transfusion.
The range of the department’s diagnostic and therapeutic services includes:
- Auditory brainstem implant (ABI) installation
- Treatment of the acoustic neuroma
- Cochlear implantation
- Diagnostics and treatment of allergic diseases
- Diagnostics and treatment of otolaryngological infectious diseases
- Implantable hearing aids
- Inner ear surgery
- Bone-anchored epitheses
- Laser surgery
- Laryngeal microsurgery
- Middle ear microsurgery
- Microscopic endoscopic sinus surgery
- Plastic reconstructive surgery
- Skull base surgery
- Severe hearing loss, acute hearing loss
- Hearing and speech disorders in children
- Acute and chronic tinnitus
- Sleep disorders and sleep-related breathing disorders
- Tumor surgery
- And other diagnostic and therapeutic options
Since April 1, 2019, Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Knopf has been the Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University Hospital Freiburg. The professor studied medicine in Duesseldorf, after which he completed his internship at the University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich. He later took the post of the Acting Head of the Department at the same hospital.
The doctor specializes in complex soft tissue surgery and reconstructive cancer surgery. He also specializes in the treatment of salivary gland diseases, autoimmune diseases in the head and neck.
The research activities are focused on the study of molecular pathways of metastasis and relapse of head and neck cancer. He is also researching the possibilities of automatic differentiation of salivary gland diseases using artificial intelligence.
Photo of the doctor: (с) Universitätsklinikum Freiburg
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