University Hospital Greifswald

location_on Greifswald, Germany
9.8/10 from 89 Votes

Department of Dermatology and Phlebology (568611)

Andreas Arnold

Dr. med.

Andreas Arnold

Specialized in: dermatology, phlebology

About the Department of Dermatology and Phlebology at University Hospital Greifswald

The Department of Dermatology and Phlebology at the University Hospital Greifswald offers the full range of services in these medical fields. The department specializes in the prevention, diagnostics, and treatment of all diseases of the skin and its appendages, as well as venous pathologies. The key focus of the department's clinical practice is the treatment of malignant skin tumors. Doctors also have long experience in treating photodermatosis, occupational skin diseases, allergic skin reactions, psoriasis, and autoimmune skin lesions. The scope of tasks of the specialists at the medical facility also includes the treatment of venous diseases, such as chronic venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, and varicose veins. The department's doctors provide high-quality medical care to patients with chronic non-healing wounds. The department has well-equipped laboratories for the analysis of skin scrapings, biopsy material, etc. There are also cozy treatment rooms and state-of-the-art operating rooms. The basis of clinical practice is the use of classical and innovative treatment methods. The team of the department's dermatologists always strives to provide an effective treatment, taking into account the aesthetic aspect. The Head Physician of the department is Dr. med. Andreas Arnold.

The department offers the services of a specialized Skin Cancer Center, whose high-quality medical services are certified by the German Cancer Society (DKG). Malignant skin tumors are quite common, but unlike many other types of cancer, skin tumors are often diagnosed in their early stages, which greatly increases the patient's chances for a complete recovery. The specialists at the center provide modern treatment for basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Each clinical case is considered by an interdisciplinary tumor board, which assembles once every two weeks. The treatment regimen is developed cooperatively by doctors of related medical specialties, including dermatologists, oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, and radiation therapists. Whenever required, the tumor board includes oral and maxillofacial surgeons, otolaryngologists, as well as specialists in nuclear medicine and psycho-oncology. When treating early-stage skin cancer, the department's dermatologists often manage to avoid excision of tumors with a scalpel due to the use of innovative forms of therapy, such as PUVA therapy, photodynamic therapy, laser destruction, cryotherapy, extracorporeal photopheresis, electroexcision, and other techniques. End-stage skin cancer is treated using Mohs surgery, during which a surgeon removes the neoplasm and skin in layers, immediately checking the tissues for the presence of cancer cells under a microscope. In the case of the detection of cancer cells, another layer of the skin is removed under histographic guidance. This continues until all cancerous tissues are removed. The intervention is performed on an outpatient basis, after which a patient remains under medical supervision for several hours and receives recommendations for wound care at home. Local rather than general anesthesia is used for pain relief during the operation, which is an important advantage for patients.

The department's doctors have special competence in caring for patients with autoimmune skin lesions. The most common of these include systemic lupus erythematosus, urticaria, vitiligo, pemphigus vulgaris, and bullous pemphigoid. The treatment tactics for the above-mentioned diseases are based on drug therapy: a patient is prescribed anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive drugs. The department's doctors keep pace with innovations in dermatology, so they have other methods of dealing with autoimmune dermatoses in their arsenal. One of them is immunoadsorption. This is an extracorporeal procedure, the therapeutic effect of which is achieved due to the antigen-antibody interaction. The first stage of immunoadsorption is the patient's blood sampling. Blood is passed through a device filled with immunosorbent, the properties of which make it possible to extract and bind harmful antibodies or antigens. The final step of the therapeutic procedure is the infusion of purified blood plasma into the patient's body. The therapeutic manipulation is absolutely painless and provides a good result.

An important place in the department's clinical practice is given to the treatment of vein diseases and leg ulcers. The department's doctors regularly treat varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, and deep vein thrombosis. The department uses contrast-enhanced phlebography, color duplex sonography, capillary microscopy, venous pressure measurement, transcutaneous measurement of blood oxygen tension, and other tests to assess venous flow. After the establishment of the diagnosis, a patient is prescribed an optimal treatment regimen. In many cases, doctors manage to eliminate the problem with the help of drug therapy with pills, ointments, and gels, as well as by wearing compression stockings and undergoing physiotherapeutic procedures. Complex clinical cases require interventional procedures and surgical treatment. For example, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, stripping, and endovenous laser therapy are used to treat varicose veins.

The department's main clinical focuses include:

  • Dermatology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of malignant skin tumors: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma
      • PUVA therapy
      • Photodynamic therapy
      • Laser destruction
      • Cryotherapy
      • Extracorporeal photopheresis
      • Electroexcision
      • Mohs surgery
      • Chemotherapy
      • Radiation therapy
    • Diagnostics and treatment of benign skin tumors: hemangiomas, lipomas, papillomas, moles, warts, etc.
      • Laser removal
      • Cryodestruction
      • Electrocoagulation
    • Diagnostics and treatment of autoimmune skin lesions: systemic lupus erythematosus, urticaria, vitiligo, pemphigus vulgaris, bullous pemphigoid, etc.
      • Drug therapy with anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive drugs
      • Immunoadsorption
    • Diagnostics and treatment of occupational dermatoses
    • Diagnostics and treatment of skin allergic reactions, including drug, food, and insect venom allergies
      • Drug therapy
      • Specific hyposensitization
    • Diagnostics and treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
      • Botox injections
      • Laser therapy
    • Diagnostics and treatment of photodermatosis
      • Drug therapy
      • Phototherapy
  • Phlebology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of acute venous insufficiency
      • Conservative treatment with drugs, compression stockings, therapeutic exercises, and physiotherapeutic procedures
      • Laser obliteration
      • Sclerotherapy
      • Mini-phlebectomy
    • Diagnostics and treatment of deep vein thrombosis
      • Drug therapy with anticoagulants
      • Compression therapy
      • Thrombolysis (blood clot dissolutions)
      • Thrombectomy (direct removal of a blood clot from a vein)
    • Diagnostics and treatment of varicose veins
      • Conservative treatment with compression stockings, therapeutic exercises, and physiotherapeutic procedures
      • Minimally invasive endoluminal laser therapy
      • Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy
      • Laser therapy
      • Stripping
    • Diagnostics and treatment of leg ulcers
  • Other medical services

The department's surgical options include:

  • Dermatology
    • Skin and mucous membrane biopsy, nail bed biopsy, testicular biopsy, muscle biopsy (upper arm and thigh)
    • Surgical removal of benign and malignant skin tumors
      • Sequential resection with primary, simple wound closure
      • Tumor resection with further plastic reconstruction (artificial materials and the patient's own skin)
      • Resection with preparation of the wound surface and follow-up closure of the defect with a flap (the Reverdin graft)
    • Surgery for phimosis in lichen sclerosus (monitoring of the course of the pathology for more than 5 years)
    • Lymph node removal after lymph node scintigraphy using Tc-99 with and without color coding (for malignant melanoma surgery)
    • Surgery on the nail bed (Emmert's procedure) to repair an ingrown toenail
    • Dermabrasion and removal of foreign skin bodies (within 18 hours after injury)
    • Scar revision, including Z-plasty
    • Acne removal with follow-up conditioning of the wound surface and covering the defect with a special mesh
    • Surgery for rhinophyma
    • Surgery for hyperhidrosis
  • Phlebology
    • Thrombectomy for acute thrombophlebitis (venous inflammation)
    • Varicose vein ligation
    • Saphenous vein crossectomy followed by stripping, also with a laser
    • Laser angioplasty for varicose veins
    • Sclerotherapy (including foam sclerotherapy)
    • Surgery for chronic leg ulcers with follow-up plastic surgery
  • Other surgical interventions

Photo of the doctor: (c) Universitätsmedizin Greifswald

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