University Hospital Saarland Homburg
Department Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (396614)
Specialized in: oral and maxillofacial surgery
About the department
The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Hospital Saarland offers the full range of services in these medical focuses. It specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the oral cavity, jaw bones, face and certain areas of the neck. The doctors of the department guarantee not only high standards of medical care, but also quality care, friendly attitude and respect for the patient’s individual needs and wishes. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. dent. Kolja Freier.
Clinical focuses of the department include:
- Surgical interventions to correct developmental anomalies (for example, cleft lip and palate)
- Surgery of the facial skeleton bones
- Treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the maxillofacial region
- Treatment of soft tissue and bone injuries of the maxillofacial region
- Temporomandibular joint surgery
- Conduction of necessary preparatory measures prior to prosthetics and implantation
- Aesthetic facial surgery
- Septic maxillofacial surgery
- Dentoalveolar surgery (for example, removal of impacted teeth, installation of implants, bone tissue augmentation)
- Other medical services
Many diagnostic manipulations are performed with the use of specific X-ray and ultrasound methods. In appropriate indications, surgical treatment is performed on an outpatient basis, under local anesthesia. It should be noted that the scope of the department's tasks also includes reconstructive surgery, which allows achieving optimal aesthetic results.
All treatment methods used by the department’s specialists are based on scientific guidelines, provisions of professional societies and specific therapeutic techniques of the clinic (standard operating procedures).
In addition, a great advantage of the department is its active research activities aimed at optimizing diagnostic and therapeutic options.
Kolja Freier studied Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Heidelberg. After receiving Doctoral Degree in both subjects, he wrote a scientific paper in Oncology (two-year scientific internship at the Faculty of Medicine at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg (since 2005)). In 2008, the doctor had his habilitation at the Heidelberg University. The subject of the habilitation paper: "About the importance of high-performance procedures in the diagnostics and treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity". Then the doctor received Venia legendi in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Of particular research interest to Prof. Kolja Freier is the detection and evaluation of molecular markers for the determination of prognosis in malignant diseases of the jaw and face. He was also the initiator of the prospective clinical researches for the evaluation of complex reconstructive procedures in oral and maxillofacial surgery. In particular, his scientific activities are aimed at the introduction into clinical practice and further development of flap microvascular plastic surgery to correct extensive defects of the facial skeleton after tumor removal, injuries or treatment of congenital malformations.
Dr. Freier has been heading the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Hospital Saarland since 1 January 2019.
Photo of the doctor: (c) Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes
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