Dr Christoph Kuelkens is the Senior Consultant at the Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Plastic Surgery Clinic at the Asklepios Hospital Nord, Heidberg in Hamburg. As an ENT specialist in Hamburg, Dr Kuelkens, with his team, treats patients with diseases or injuries to the nose and the paranasal sinuses, the ear and the efferent lacrimal ducts. Other emphases of the ENT Clinic in Heidberg are the treatment of tumours, including tumour surgery, the treatment of hearing defects in childhood, as well as microsurgery and plastic head and neck surgery.
Together with the ENT departments at the Asklepios Hospitals in Altona, Harburg and St. Georg, the ENT Clinic in Heidberg operates the Hanseatic Cochlear Implant Centre (HCIZ). Here, the ENT specialist in Hamburg collaborates with other ENT specialists in the best possible care of patients with high-grade hearing difficulty or with congenital or acquired deafness. The infrastructure required for the cochlear implantation and the aftercare of the patients was created by Dr Kuelkens at the ENT Clinic in Heidberg. Prior to an implantation, a variety of radiological examinations (computed tomography, magnetic resonance tomography) are performed by Dr Kuelkens and his colleagues during an outpatient consultation or in the course of a two-day inpatient stay. So, the ENT specialist in Hamburg checks whether the pre-requisite for the provision of a cochlear implant are present. Experienced middle ear and inner ear surgeons, as well as cochlear implant care specialists then perform the approximately two-hour procedure at the ENT Clinic in Heidberg.
Where a tumour condition is suspected, Dr Kuelkens performs an extensive ENT examination, including endoscopy of the larynx and of the pharynx. Depending on the findings, Dr Kuelkens has further state of the art techniques for the diagnosis of tumours in the field of ENT available at the ENT Clinic in Heidberg. These include, for example, contrast medium X-ray examination, panendoscopy (endoscopy of the entire ENT tract), sonography, CT and MRT. In the case of a malignant tumour, minimally-invasive and laser surgical organ-preserving procedures and/or radiotherapy, in combination with chemotherapy, if required, are the focus of the treatment. If radical surgery is unavoidable, the ENT Clinic in Heidberg commands extensive experience in the field of plastic head and neck surgery under the ENT specialist in Hamburg, Dr Kuelkens. Hence, Dr Kuelkens has additional qualifications in “plastic surgery”. In this field, reconstructive procedures e.g. surgery for skin tumours in the facial area and for larger, more deeply-seated tumours in the head area, are performed. A further emphasis is on functional and aesthetic procedures such as rhinoplasty (nasal correction) or blepharoplasty (tightening of the eyelids).
The close interdisciplinary collaboration with the related disciplines in the Heidberg Head Centre (neurosurgery, ophthalmology, maxillofacial surgery, neurology and neuroradiology) for complex conditions should be highlighted. Besides joint diagnosis, this concerns, in particular, joint surgical procedures for conditions involving more than one organ.
Infants and young children with conditions in the head and neck region are treated in close collaboration with the Heidberg Children's Hospital.