Special Clinical Focus

  • Weaning from artificial ventilation
  • COPD
  • Respiratory failure
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Pneumonia

About us

Prof. Heinrich Becker is the Senior Consultant of the Department of Pneumonology, Internistic Intensive Care and Sleep Medicine at the Asklepios Hospital in Barmbek. As a specialist in pneumonology, Prof. Becker, with his team, treats patients with diseases or injuries to the lungs, the airways, the pleura and the mediastinum. His emphases include, for example, pulmonary inflammation, bronchial cancer and pulmonary tumours, diseases of the pulmonary tissues (such as sarcoidosis and pulmonary fibrosis), asthma and COPD or the sequelae of these, respiratory insufficiency. Patients with sleep-related respiratory disorders such as sleep apnoea are also outstandingly treated by the pulmonary specialist in Hamburg.

Prof. Becker is able to draw on the most up to date techniques in the diagnosis and treatment. So, an experienced team, trained in Intensive Care, performs endoscopic examinations of the airways and the thoracic cavity. Bronchoscopy, that is, the endoscopic examination of the airways, is frequently utilised for the diagnosis of bronchial tumours or diseases of the bronchial tissues. Using this, the lung specialist in Hamburg can also remove tissue samples in order then to have these examined histologically. Endoscopy, however, is also utilised in order to staunch haemorrhage and to remove foreign bodies from the airways. With the aid of an argon beamer, the lung specialist in Hamburg is able to “evaporate” tumour tissues. Further applications of endoscopic techniques in Prof. Becker’s department are the insertion of stents for constrictions and lung volume reduction for severe bronchial emphysema.

Where lung cancer is suspected, the Hamburg lung specialist can examine the lymph nodes in the region of bronchi with the aid of endobronchial sonography and, if required, can immediately perform an ultrasound-guided puncture to remove tissue specimens.

In the state of the art sleep laboratory, with comfortably furnished single bedrooms, the lung specialist in Hamburg relies on the most up to date techniques for monitoring sleep. Today, all known respiratory disorders can be successfully treated in the sleep laboratory. The clinical pictures which the lung specialist in Hamburg treats include, for example, obstructive sleep apnoea, central sleep apnoea and decreased respiration (hypoventilation) during sleep.

Where patients must be artificially ventilated over a longer period, Prof. Becker and his team have long years of experience in enabling even problematic patients to breathe independently again (so-called weaning). The Weaning Centre of Prof. Becker’s department specialises in weaning patients from artificial ventilation and, where required, in the introduction of non-invasive ventilation.

Diagnostic Services

  • Complete lung function testing and blood gas analysis
  • Computed tomography, Magnetic resonance and conventional X-ray
  • Highest standard bronchoscopy incl. endobronchial ultra sound and thoracoscopy
  • Histological examinations
  • Sputum diagnosis
  • High performance Sleep laboratory
  • Echocardiography, Chest Ultrasound, Duplex, long-term ECG, right heart catheter
  • Reflux and cough diagnosis
  • Weaning failure diagnostics
  • Allergy testing
  • Tuberculosis diagnosis

Therapeutic Services

  • COPD and emphysema incl. Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung cancer / tumors (in cooperation with the thoracic surgery and oncology dept.)
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Respiratory failure and intensive care
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Sleep apnea / sleep disordered breathing
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Laser

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Stylish private wards with single and double rooms, treatment by the chief physician
  • TV, phone and Internet connection available in the rooms
  • Everyday choice between different menus
  • Additional beds for relatives available for low charge
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Pulmonology / Lungs

Other services

  • Pulmonary inflammation
  • COPD
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung injury
  • Asthma


Airports near

  • Hamburg Airportca. 4 km

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Hamburg-Altona Stationca. 9 km
  • Hamburg Main Stationca. 6 km

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