University Hospital Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany

Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Dittmar Böcker

Prof. Dr. med.

Dittmar Böcker

Specialized in: vascular surgery, endovascular surgery

The Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Heidelberg University Hospital provides treatment to the patients with acute and chronic vascular diseases (of arteries and veins) at the highest academic level. The chief physician of the Department is Prof. Dr. med. Dittmar Böckler. Under interdisciplinary cooperation with anesthesiologists, neurologists, nephrologists and diabetologists, the Department offers patients the best possible diagnosis and therapy.

The Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Heidelberg University Hospital specializes in surgical and interventional treatment of patients with various clinical pictures of diseases of aorta, carotid artery, arterial occlusive diseases, rare diseases of arteries (supplying blood) and venous (efferent) vessels. The Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Heidelberg University Hospital established itself as a high-class center of innovative vascular surgery, which uses modern implant technology for vascular prosthesis.

The range of the provided clinical services in the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Heidelberg University Hospital under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Dittmar Böckler includes the following diseases of:

  • Aorta (aortic aneurysm, aortic sclerosis, aortic dissection)
  • Carotid artery (carotid stenosis, carotid enlargement, tumor)
  • Arteries of the lower extremities (e.g., extension (aneurysma) of the iliac arteries and arteries of the knee joint)
  • Veins of the lower extremities (varicose veins, deep venous thromboses of the lower extremities)
  • Arteries of the upper extretimities
  • (atherosclerotic stenoses, arterial thoracic outlet syndrome)
  • Veins of the upper extremities (venous thromboses)
  • Vessels of internal organs and kidneys (renal artery stenosis, expansion of visceral blood vessels, impaired bowel circulation
  • Vascular shunt in case of terminal renal insufficiency
  • Vascular pathology 

About hospital

The Heidelberg University Hospital is one of the largest medical centers in Germany. The Faculty of Medicine of the Heidelberg University has the worldwide renowned biomedical research institutions in Europe. Hospital and Faculty strive together for the goal to develop innovative diagnostics and therapy and implement this technique quickly for the patient. “In Scientia Salus” (healing through science) is the motto of the Heidelberg University Hospital. With 44 medical departments it has a good reputation for its treatment in Germany and throughout Europe.

The focus of the Heidelberg University are cancer treatment and the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. In the fields of transplantation medicine, neuroscience with psychosocial medicine, cardiovascular medicine, genetics and infectious diseases it is also at the leading digit.

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.