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University Hospital Freiburg

location_on Freibung, Germany
9.7/10 from 59 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Oral, Maxillofacial Surgery (488822)

Rainer Schmelzeisen

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. dent.

Rainer Schmelzeisen

Specialized in: adult and pediatric oral, maxillofacial surgery

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Oral, Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Hospital Freiburg offers the full range of services in the field of diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation in diseases and injuries of the teeth, mouth, jaws and face. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. dent. Rainer Schmelzeisen.

Preference is given to an interdisciplinary approach, for example, in the treatment of cleft lip and palate, hemangiomas and vascular malformations, doctors collaborate with specialists from the related fields, such as the Department of Pediatrics, Otolaryngology and Orthodontics. Also, the priority focus of the department is plastic surgery of the oral cavity and maxillofacial surgery.

The treatment is carried out with the use of innovative techniques, some of which were developed on the basis of the department. Great importance is attached to the individual approach to each clinical case. The achievement of an optimal result, including aesthetic one, is ensured thanks to preoperative planning with the use of modern imaging methods, such as CT, MRI, digital volume tomography, intraoperative navigation.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of all types of injuries of bone and soft tissues in the face and neck
    • Orbit surgery
    • Midface fractures
    • Lower jaw fractures
    • Teeth injuries
    • Soft tissue injuries
  • Surgical treatment of head and neck tumors (in interdisciplinary collaboration)
    • All modern methods of surgical tumor resection
    • Computer navigation
    • Intraoperative 3D imaging
    • Plastic reconstructive interventions (with the use of individually made implants, patient's own tissues, epitheses)
    • Chemotherapy
    • Radiation therapy
    • Postoperative and follow-up care
  • Surgical correction of dysgnathia (including minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques)
  • Surgical correction of the cleft lip and palate in children
  • Treatment of Pierre Robin syndrome in children
  • Facial aesthetic and plastic surgery
    • Treatment of wrinkles
    • Scar revision
    • Surgery of the upper and lower eyelids
    • Face lift
    • Profile correction
    • Treatment of congenital malformations
  • Implantation of dental implants (implantology)
  • Imaging-guided diagnostics and diagnostics before dental implantation (planning with the help of imaging methods)
    • Digital 2D imaging
    • Modern 3D imaging
    • 4D scan of facial soft tissues
    • Ultrasound examinations
  • Treatment and prevention of drug-induced jaw necrosis
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

  • 1977 - 1983 Education at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
  • 1982 Admission to medical practice.
  • 1983 Dentist.
  • 1983 and 1985 Doctoral degree in Medicine and Dentistry.
  • 1988 Medical Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Hannover Medical School.
  • 1991 Habilitation.
  • Since 01.04.1997 Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Oral, Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Hospital Freiburg.
  • Since October 2004 Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, London (FRCS).

Main Research Focuses

  • Virtual modeling during the surgical interventions.
  • Individual selection of implants/osteosynthesis.
  • Biomaterials.

Photo of the doctor: (с) Universitätsklinikum Freiburg 

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