Special Clinical Focus

  • Open and endovascular aorta replacement by vascular prostheses and Aortic stents
  • Carotid surgery and carotid PTA
  • Open and endovascular therapy for circulatory disorders
  • Open and endovascular therapy for renal, hepatic, mesenterial and spleen stenoses and aneurysms
  • Placement of dialysis shunts and shunt corrections
  • Venous thrombectomy and minimally invasive surgery for varices with laser applications and radio frequency ablation

About us

As one of the first independent vascular departments in Germany, the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery has been treating patients with acute and chronic vascular diseases since 1976. We are recognized as an interdisciplinary vascular center by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Gefässchirurgie (DGG, German Association for Vascular Surgery) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Radiologie (DGR, German Association for Radiology). We possess the authorization to offer specialist training in vascular surgery and the additional qualification in phlebology. We have 63 beds available and perform about 3,500 inpatient and 1,100 outpatient surgeries as well as an additional 600 percutaneous interventions with an increasing tendency each year. We place a great emphasis on the interdisciplinary cooperation with our radiologists, angiologists, neurologists, nephrologists and diabetologists in order to guarantee optimal patient care. Special consultation hours are offered for different disorders. With two modern hybrid ORs available, we are able to perform open surgical and endovascular interventions combined in one go. Due to these excellent diagnostic and therapeutic opportunities, we can offer an extensive treatment spectrum to our patients.

Diagnostic Services

  • Angiological lab with pressure measurement via doppler ultrasound, oszillography, treadmill ergometer test, venous occlusion plethysmography, photoplethysmography, duplex sonography certified by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Ultraschall in der Medizin (German Association for Ultrasound Use in Medicine), including contrast enhanced ultrasound
  • Special consultation hours for AOD, carotid and aortic aneurysm, shunt surgery, varicose vein surgery, lymphedema and chronic wounds
  • Invasive and non-invasive imaging: CT, CT-angiography, NMR, MR-angiography, digital subtraction angiography, CO2-angiography, phlebography

Therapeutic Services

  • Two modern hybrid ORs with DSA equipment
  • Surgeries and endovascular stent angioplasties for stenoses of the carotids, including neuromonitoring
  • Open and endovascular surgeries of the aortic arc, the thoracic and abdominal aorta, including fenestrated and branched aortic grafts
  • Surgeries and stent treatments for aneurysm or stenosis of the intestinal and renal vessels
  • Conservative, interventional and surgical treatment (bypass up to crural / pedal, endarterectomy, etc.) for circulatory disorders concerning the arms and legs as well as for diabetic foot syndrome
  • Surgical treatment of vascular compression syndromes, e.g. thoracic outlet syndrome, popliteal artery entrapment syndrome
  • Shunt surgery, including hemodialysis access
  • Intraoperative quality assurance by duplex sonography or angiography
  • Classic conventional and modern endovascular varicose vein surgery (stripping, chiva method, laser and radiofrequency ablation of the saphenous veins), sclerotherapy
  • Conservative, interventional and surgical treatment of leg and pelvic vein thrombosis
  • Spinal cord stimulation and Stem Cell Transplantation for patients suffering from PAOD without the possibility of reconstruction
  • Interdisciplinary wound treatment center with emphasis on diabetic foot syndrome
  • Implantation of single and multi-chamber pacemakers as well as defibrillators
  • Additive conservative treatment such as CT guided sympathicolysis, infusion therapy and individual movement training for PAOD

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Modern single and double rooms with shower, toilet, television and telephone
  • Complimentary internet access
  • Physicians speak foreign languages (Arabic, Russian, English, Turkish)
  • Mobile patient library
  • Cafeteria and kiosk as well as a play area for children on the premises
  • Pastoral care / chapel / social services
  • Rooming in possible
  • Direct highway access
  • Cab service from airport / train station
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Vascular Surgery

Other services

  • Aortic diseases
  • Cerebrovascular diseases
  • Peripheral arterial occlusive disease - circulatory disorder of the extremities
  • Vascular diseases of aortic branches
  • Renal insufficiency
  • Venous diseases like chronic venous insufficiency, crural ulcers


Airports near

  • Airport Bremen76 km
  • Airport Hanover186 km
  • Airport Hamburg203 km

Additional staff

Dr. - W.  Wienert - Vascular Surgery - Westerstede

W. Wienert

Acting Senior Consultant

Dr. - C.  Vogel  - Vascular Surgery - Westerstede

C. Vogel

Senior Consultant Vascular and Thoracic Surgery

I.  Schmelzer  - Vascular Surgery - Westerstede

I. Schmelzer

Senior Consultant Vascular Surgery

M.  Köster - Vascular Surgery - Westerstede

M. Köster

Senior Consultant Vascular Surgery

Dr. - B.  Sweet - Vascular Surgery - Westerstede

B. Sweet

Senior Consultant Vascular Surgery

B.  Clausing - Vascular Surgery - Westerstede

B. Clausing

Senior Consultant Vascular Surgery

Dr. - R.  Zinn - Vascular Surgery - Westerstede

R. Zinn

Chief Resident, Vascular Surgery