Special Clinical Focus

  • Carotid surgery/carotid PTA and stenting including truncal replacement and subclavian revascularization
  • Open and interventional aortic surgery
  • The entire range of revascularization procedures for acute and chronic peripheral occlusions including lysis therapy
  • The entire range of surgical techniques for varices including laser, as for crural ulcers
  • Endovenous recanalization procedures for acute and chronic venous occlusion
  • CPT - for severe lymphedema

About us

The Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery – Phlebology and Lymphology – called Vascular Center North-West – is an interdisciplinary vascular center which has been certified for more than 10 years by the German Society of Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine (Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Gefaesschirurgie und Gefaessmedizin, DGG).

As a vascular center, we address all arterial, venous and lymphatic diseases. At the Rheine location, we offer different consultation hours for the different sections; on an inpatient ward with 40 beds, we offer the complete spectrum of arterial and venous vascular surgery. The unit for acute lymphatic diseases with 20 beds is located at the Pius hospital in the nearby town of Ochtrup. We are very proud to also be able to operate an affiliated college of health professions.

The emphasis of our work in Rheine is placed on aortic surgery including interventional procedures on the visceral arteries as well as both open and interventional treatment of carotid stenoses and peripheral artery occlusive diseases, including diabetic foot syndrome.

At the Vein Center, the emphasis of our work is placed on highly modern varices surgery, including endoluminal procedures which can be performed on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. A particular focus in this field is on the treatment of treatment-resistant ulcus cruris which is performed multimodal. Furthermore, we also emphasize interventional methods for the recanalization of acute and chronic venous thromboses, including lysis and stent treatment of arms and legs. A particular emphasis in this field is the surgical treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome.

In Ochtrup, we operate our first hospital for acute lymphatic diseases, a leading facility in Europe. Here, patients with severe lymphedema including elephantiasis and further complications are treated in close cooperation with the outpatient department in Rheine. This hospital can be considered a pilot project in Germany. The result is a new field of activity in the area of surgical treatment of arteriovenous malformations (Klippel-Trénaunay-Weber syndrome, etc.).

Diagnostic Services

  • Authorized senior consultant outpatient services for PAOD, carotid artery, aortic aneurysm, hemodialysis access, varices, lymphedema, chronic wounds
  • Angiology laboratory with light reflection rheography, venous occlusion plethysmography, venous pressure measurement, oscillography, doppler and duplex procedures, incl. contrast-enhanced ultrasound
  • Conventional digital subtraction angiography, incl. carbon dioxide angiography, CT, CT angiography, NMR, NMR angiography, phlebography, NMR phlebography, lymphoscintigraphy
  • 2 modern intraoperative digital subtraction angiography installations in the OR, 1 digital subtraction angiography suite
  • 2 CT installations, 3 MRI installations, PET-CT installation
  • 3 highly modern duplex devices
  • Full workstation for angiography
  • TCP02 monitoring device

Therapeutic Services

  • Open and endovascular treatment of all diseases concerning the supra-aortic vessels, incl. neuromonitoring
  • Treatment of aortic aneurysms and dissections type B as well as stenosing diseases of the aorta and the visceral vessels, also via hybrid techniques
  • Open and endovascular procedures for PAOD of the pelvic leg vessels, incl. crural-pedal bypass also in diabetic foot syndrome in cooperation with the Department of Diabetology
  • All procedures for the treatment of varices, incl. conventional surgeries incl. laser and sclerotherapy
  • Interventional treatment of pelvic congestion syndrome
  • Lysis therapy of acute vascular occlusion in cooperation with the department of interventional radiology
  • Surgical and interventional treatment of compression syndromes (TOS, popliteal entrapment)
  • Recanalization of acute and chronic venous pelvic and arm thromboses (e.g. Trellis, EKOS system, stenting of May-Thurner syndrome)
  • Shunt surgery, incl. interventional recanalization of shunt blockage
  • Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in severe PAOD
  • Interdisciplinary wound care center
  • Surgical treatment of vascular anomalies – e.g. Klippel-Trénaunay-Weber syndrome, etc.
  • Pacemaker surgery, incl. AICD implantation in cooperation with the department of cardiology
  • Plastic surgery in severe chronic lymphedema
  • Transregional consultation hours for lymphatic diseases for patients referred by resident panel physicians
  • Nationally operating hospital for lymphatic diseases in Ochtrup for patients with severe lymphedema (primary and secondary, also in children)

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • International airport Muenster / Osnabrueck can be reached rather fast (25 minutes) – if needed, shuttle service is available
  • Modern single and double bed rooms with shower, toilet, TV and phone, wifi and free menu selection for privately insured patients on the VIP ward
  • Physicians with knowledge of foreign languages – mother tongue – (Russian, Arabic, English, Turkish, Korean, French)
  • Park for patients with a large lake
  • Pastoral care and social services
  • A beautifully restored art nouveau chapel
  • Accommodation of an accompanying person possible
  • Good accessibility to trains (IC connection and highway)
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Vascular Surgery

Other services

  • Carotid stenoses 
  • Aneurysms of aorta and peripheral vessels
  • All-cause peripheral arterial occlusive disease - smoker's leg
  • Varicosis, venous thrombosis, crural ulcers
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • All-cause lymphedema


Airports near

  • Airport Muenster / Osnabrueck30 km
  • Airport Dusseldorf150 km
  • Airport Hanover182 km

Additional staff

Dr. - Heinrich Niemann - Vascular Surgery - Rheine

Heinrich Niemann

Acting Senior Consultant Vascular Surgery

Dorothee Gah - Vascular Surgery - Rheine

Dorothee Gah

Senior Consultant

Ojbek Schacher - Vascular Surgery - Rheine

Ojbek Schacher

Senior Consultant

Dr. - Ralf Schroeter - Vascular Surgery - Rheine

Ralf Schroeter

Senior Consultant

Sabine Stueting - Vascular Surgery - Rheine

Sabine Stueting

Acting Senior Consultant Lymphology