Special Clinical Focus

  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary metastases
  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery (VATS, robot surgery)
  • Locally advanced tumour resections
  • Pulmonary emphysema (COPD)
  • Bronchial tube surgery
  • Pleural tumours, mesothelioma
  • Thymus tumours
  • Laser surgery
  • Paediatric thoracic surgery
  • Lung transplantation

About us

As the West German Lung Centre the Ruhrlandklinik is one of the leading hospitals for surgical and drug treatment of all respiratory organ disease. Focusing on cutting-edge medicine, Ruhrlandklinik’s specialists cooperate on an interdisciplinary basis with many other specialists and specialist centres at Universitätsklinikum Essen. The Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Endoscopy dept. is the largest and most important in Germany with over 2,300 procedures a year. The cases with inpatient treatment are supplemented by a further 2,000 outpatient presentations. Prof. Dr Clemens Aigner and his team perform 1,300 open thoracic procedures and at least 1,000 minimally invasive endoscopic and robot-assisted procedures a year. The department has 85 beds, four operating theatres and nine intensive-care beds. The use of three bronchoscopy theatres is shared with Interventional Bronchology (run by: Dr. Kaid Darwiche) The experienced specialists use all the established modern procedures for screening, diagnostics and surgical therapy of thoracic organ disease. An expanding range of operations is also being offered with "DaVinci” surgery robots. This makes thoracic surgery at Universitätsmedizin Essen currently the only nationwide thorax-surgery department with its own constantly available surgery robot, and puts it in third place in Europe.

The hospital also forms part of the West German Robotic Surgery Centre and trains both internal and external physicians in using surgery robotics. With their treatment options Prof. Aigner’s team encompasses the full range of pulmonary disease extending from every type of tumour surgery through lung emphysemas to removal of malformations. 80 percent involves surgery related to treating malignant tumours. Lung cancer and metastases are the biggest areas the surgeons are deployed in. Intensive networking with the Oncology and Radiotherapy depts. of Universitätsklinikum Essen and being part of the Lung Cancer Centre at the West German Tumour Centre allows all the most modern combination therapies to be offered for optimum tumour treatment. As part of the European network for treating rare thoracic tumours a key focus is on comprehensive treatment for pleural mesotheliomas, thymus tumours and the lung metastases of extrathoracic tumour disorders. Complex surgery on the tracheobronchial system and on functionally restricted patients can be performed aided by extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. This is equally used in treating acute lung failure. In addition, the Clinic for Thorax Surgery and Thoracic Endoscopy also forms part of the West German Centre for Lung Transplants. Lung transplant is therefore a further focus of the work of Prof. Aigner and his team. The centre performs the transplants through interdisciplinary cooperation with Ruhrlandklinik’s Clinic for Pneumology and Universitätsklinikum Essen’s Thoracic Organ Transplant dept.. There is particularly close cooperation between Prof. Dr Clemens Aigner and Prof. Dr Christian Taube, Director of the Clinic for Pneumology. The two specialists discuss all the patient cases on a daily basis.

Diagnostic Services

  • Bronchological diagnostics with endoultrasound
  • Diagnostic imaging techniques (X-ray, CT, fluoroscopy)
  • Ultrasound diagnostics (sonography thorax, abdomen)
  • Ultrasound Doppler for vascular examinations
  • Nuclear medicine (perfusion, ventilation scintigraphy, PET scan, PET/CT, PET/MR)
  • Lung function (EKP, BGA, ergospirometry)
  • Cardiac diagnostics (ECG, long-term ECG, echocardiography, right-heart catheter)
  • Invasive diagnostics (CT or ultrasound-targeted biopsy, mediastinoscopy, VATS)
  • Full functional and oncological examination for staging thoracic tumours

Therapeutic Services

  • Multimodal therapeutic concepts
  • Surgical procedures for older people and children
  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery (video thoracoscopy, DaVinci surgical robot, mediastinoscopy, laser surgery), e.g. VATS/RATS lobectomy, VATS/RATS segmentectomy, VATS/RATS thymectomy
  • Special surgical therapy of bronchial carcinoids
  • Bronchus and vascular cuff resection surgery with minimum loss of parenchyma
  • Extended operations with resection of major vessels, the chest wall, the pericardium and the diaphragm, extended resections for Pancoast tumours (tumours of the pulmonary apex)
  • Mesothelioma surgery (pleurectomy/decortication, extrapleural pneumonectomy)
  • Single- and bilateral lung volume reduction (LVRS) for patients with emphysema and COPD
  • Tracheal surgery
  • ECMO
  • Minimally invasive surgery for malformations (e.g. funnel chest)
  • Extended resections of the chest wall and chest wall reconstruction for tumours of the chest wall and sternum
  • Therapy of thoracic infections
  • Muscle flap plastic surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Diaphragmatic procedures

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Special physio- & ergo therapy
  • Breathing therapy
  • Psychological and psycho-oncological service
  • Palliative medical support
  • Catholic and protestant pastoral care
  • Support by "Green Ladies" and “Gentlemen” (volunteers)
  • Nutritional counselling
  • Interpreter for 13 languages
  • 1- or 2-bed room with shower, WC and (double) wash basin, television and wifi
  • Patient cafeteria
  • Cash dispenser
  • Hairdresser and podiatry services
Leading Medicine Guide

of selected experts in the specialist field Thoracic Surgery

Other services

  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary metastases
  • Mediastinal tumours
  • Chest wall tumours and malformations
  • Pleural tumours and pleural infections (e.g. mesothelioma)
  • Thymus surgery
  • Tracheal surgery for tumours, stenoses, malacia
  • High level of diaphragm and - hernias
  • Pulmonary emphysema/COPD
  • Infectious disease of the lung and the mediastinum
  • Congenital disease of the lung and the mediastinum

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Directions

Airports near

  • Dusseldorf airport31 km - about 35 minutes
  • Dortmund Airport58 km - about 60 minutes
  • Cologne / Bonn airport70 km - about 50 minutes

Additional staff

Dr
Danjouma Cheufou

Consultant of the Clinic for Thorax Surgery and Thoracic Endoscopy

Dr
Till Plönes

Consultant of the Clinic for Thorax Surgery and Thoracic Endoscopy


Mikhail Gronostayskiy

Consultant of the Clinic for Thorax Surgery and Thoracic Endoscopy


Bettina Krebs

Consultant of the Clinic for Thorax Surgery and Thoracic Endoscopy


Khaled Mardanzai

Consultant of the Clinic for Thorax Surgery and Thoracic Endoscopy

Asst Lect. Dr
Alireza Hoda

Consultant of the Clinic for Thorax Surgery and Thoracic Endoscopy

Dr
Daniel Valdivia

Consultant of the Clinic for Thorax Surgery and Thoracic Endoscopy

Dr
Mohamed Zaatar

Consultant of the Clinic for Thorax Surgery and Thoracic Endoscopy