Special Clinical Focus
- Operations in emphysema
- Operations in COPD
- Tracheal surgery
- Minimally invasive thoracoscopic procedures of all kinds
- Laser surgery
- Pediatric thoracic surgery
The Clinic of the Ruhr, West German Lung Center at Essen University Hospital, is among the leading hospitals for the surgical and medicinal treatment of all diseases of the respiratory organs.
With more than 2,300 procedures performed each year, the Department of Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Endoscopy is the largest and most important of its kind in the Federal Republic of Germany. In addition to those cases requiring hospitalization, there are another 2,000 outpatient encounters. Professor Aigner and his team perform 1,300 operations on the open chest and 1,000 minimally invasive endoscopic procedures each year.
The department has 85 beds, four operating rooms and nine ICU beds. Three bronchoscopy labs are used jointly with the pneumonologists. The experienced specialists use all established, modern procedures in diagnostics and surgery to treat diseases affecting the organs in the chest.
Since November 2014, a rapidly growing spectrum of surgeries involving the Da Vinci Surgical System has been made available. This makes the Department of the Thoracic Surgery of the Clinic of the Ruhr the currently only department for thoracic surgery in Germany and one of only three in Europe that have their own constantly available surgery robot.
The available treatment options cover the entire spectrum of diseases and range from tumor surgery of all kinds to emphysema and the elimination of malformations. In 80% of the cases, surgery involves the treatment of malignant tumors. Lung cancer and metastases are the main operational areas of the surgeons.
Thanks to the strong cooperation with the Department of Oncology and Radiotherapy of the Essen University Hospital, all modern combination therapies are available for the best possible treatment of tumors.
Treatment and surgery of the following diseases:
of selected experts in the specialist field Thoracic Surgery
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