Special Clinical Focus

  • Bypass surgery
  • Aortic and peripheral aneurysm surgery, endovascular and open
  • Vascular dilatation with stent implantation
  • Reconstruction and replacement of arteries of the internal organs (for example, intestinal or renal arteries or the aorta)
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Insertion of dialysis shunts

About us

Prof´ Dr Dorweiler is a specialist vascular surgeon in Mainz and works here as the Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery at the Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery Clinic and Polyclinic at the University Hospital of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.
Here, the treatment emphases of this specialist vascular surgeon include bypass surgery, aortic and peripheral aneurysm surgery, both endovascular and open, and vascular delectation with stent implantation. Prof Dr Dorweiler also focuses on the reconstruction and replacement of arteries in the extremities (arms and legs) and the internal organs (for example, intestinal or renal arteries and the aorta), carotid endarterectomy and the insertion of dialysis shunts.
Using these forms of therapy, Prof Dr Dorweiler in Mainz treats acute vascular occlusion and vascular injuries, as well as peripheral arterial disease and diabetic foot syndrome. Endovascular treatment and open surgery are also performed for diseases of the aorta and vascular conditions of the supra-aortic branches (carotid arteries). Together with the treatment of varicosities (varicose veins) and the insertion of dialysis shunts, performing specific research projects is also particularly important to this specialist vascular surgeon and to the entire Department of Vascular Surgery in Mainz.
In vascular surgery, the re-opening of the constricted carotid artery (carotid stenosis) plays an important role in being able to ensure the adequate circulation of blood in the brain and the head. Using such techniques as ultrasound or angiography, the specialist vascular surgeon diagnoses the constricted carotid artery and this is then treated. Here, the complete calcification, which results in a constriction, is removed. The surgical procedure, which takes approximately 90 minutes, is performed via a narrow, cosmetically inconspicuous incision through the skin. At the same time, this specialist vascular surgeon can carry out the procedure on the carotid artery under a general anaesthetic or under a local anaesthetic.

Prof Dr Dorweiler also treats aortic dilatation (aortic aneurysm), for which the most up to date technology and surgical techniques are available to the specialist vascular surgeon.
The surgical technique depends on the location of the aneurysm, its size and certain concomitant conditions. The specialist vascular surgeon is able to select either open surgical techniques or minimally invasive (endovascular) techniques.
Under the leadership of the specialist vascular surgeon, Prof Dr Dorweiler, the Department of Vascular Surgery was certified as an Aorta Centre by the Rhineland Palatinate Health Insurance Medical Service in accordance with the Declaration of Conformity of the German Joint Federal Committee for Quality Assurance in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms in May 2010 and in October 2012.

As well, Prof Dr Dorweiler in Mainz treats circulatory disorders of the legs, so-called Charcot’s syndrome, smoker’s leg and diabetic foot. A variety of surgical techniques is also employed in these treatments, by which the blood supply to the legs is re-established. Here, Prof Dr Dorweiler focuses on the performance of complex bypass surgery on the lower extremities including the feet. In order for the bypass to function for as long as possible, the specialist vascular surgeon uses the body's own vascular material in the veins of the legs or the arms. The specialist vascular surgeon only resorts to biological implants if there is no endogenous material available.
Together with its surgical activities, the Department of Vascular Surgery in Mainz also carries out research, particularly in the area of complex surgical techniques in peripheral bypass surgery and the treatment of infections in vascular prostheses.
In addition, the specialist vascular surgeon, Prof Dr Dorweiler, possesses a full training licence for the Faculty of Vascular Surgery, which extends over 48 months, the “Endovascular Surgery” certificate (of the German Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine Association), as well as the technical knowledge for radiation protection in the cardiac / thoracic region, the vascular system and the field of intervention. Led by Prof Dr Dorweiler, the Department of Vascular Surgery was awarded triple certification as an interdisciplinary University Vascular Centre by the German Vascular Surgery and Angiology Associations and the German Radiology Association on 1 August 2013.

Diagnostic Services


  • Ultrasound examination (neck, abdomen, legs)
  • Vein imaging (angiography)


Therapeutic Services


  • Open and endovascular treatment of the entire aorta, as well as the abdominal and renal arteries
  • Revascularisation for peripheral arterial occlusive disease and particularly revascularisation of the diabetic foot (pedal bypass)
  • Combined endovascular (PTA + stent) and minimal-invasive surgical treatment for PAD (so-called hybrid therapy)
  • Reconstruction of the supra-aortic vessels (carotid arteries)
  • Open and endovascular treatment of vascular injuries
  • Dialysis access surgery (AV fistula, Demers catheter)
  • Vascular surgery


Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • All foreign languages (interpreter services of the University Medical Center)
  • Single or double bedrooms only (with TV/telephone and bathroom)
  • Food as requested (vegetarian, no pork, etc.)
  • Patients' library (with free book lendig, visit at the hospital ward with book trolleys)
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Other services

  • Diseases of the aorta (aneurysms and AOD)
  • Peripheral arterial occlusive disease
  • Diabetic foot syndrome
  • Acute vascular occlusion and vascular injury
  • Vascular diseases of the supra-aortic branches
  • Varicosities (varicose veins)


Airports near

  • Frankfurt airport23 km