Bonn, Germany


University Hospital Bonn (UKB)



University Clinic was established in 2001 on the basis of the Medical University in the German city of Bonn. The hospital is actively involved in research at the Medical Faculty of the University of Bonn. Ranked 18th among the best medical centers in Germany, according to Newsweek.

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About University Hospital Bonn

University Hospital Bonn is one of the largest employers in Bonn, includes 38 clinics and 31 institutes. Every year, UKB treats 350,000 outpatients, 50,000 inpatients, and 40,000 emergencies. UKB is responsible for patient care, including effective treatment. The hospital provides a health link to the areas of research and teaching at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bonn.

University Hospital Bonn in Figures

1,224

beds

more than 8,300

employees

more than 440,000

patients per year

Advantages of University Hospital Bonn

UKB offers its pateints best medical care. The latest equipment is installed here and innovative methods of treatment and diagnostics obtained as a result of medical research are applied.
  • Research
    University Hospital Bonn was created on the basis of a local university which makes it possible to conduct a lot of research and develop new treatment methods.
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  • Interdisciplinary Approach
    At University Hospital Bonn, doctors of related specialties create individual treatment programs to achieve the most effective result.
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  • Leaders in Treatment
    University Hospital Bonn has become a leader in the treatment of epilepsy both in Germany and worldwide. Also, the largest pediatric cardiac surgery center in the country was opened on the basis of the hospital.
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  • Precise Diagnostics
    niversity Hospital Bonn has exclusively modern equipment which allows to conduct accurate diagnostics.
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  • Effective Treatment
    At University Hospital Bonn, doctors work according to modern European protocols which guarantees highly effective treatment. UKB develops original methods of therapy, helping patients at all stages of the disease as well.
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University Hospital Bonn: International Awards and Achievements

Specialization of the University Hospital Bonn

University Hospital Bonn specializes in all areas of medicine. Doctors carry out diagnostics and treatment at the highest level for all diseases. However, among all specializations, the leading areas can be distinguished: ophthalmology, endocrinology, pediatric and adult cardiology and cardiac surgery, gynecology, gastroenterology, otolaryngology, pediatric urology, neurourology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and traumatology, pediatric and adult hematology and oncology.

Oncology

The Department of Comprehensive Oncology at the University Hospital Bonn is part of the Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO). Here, doctors diagnose and treat, give recommendations and advice, adjust nutrition and lifestyle after a cancer diagnosis.

Experienced oncologists of all disciplines create an individual plan of examination and therapy for each patient. Experts work as a team to prescribe the necessary and effective, in each case, techniques.

In the Department of Comprehensive Oncology, doctors deal with pancreatic cancer, acute leukemia, eye tumors, breast, colon, ovary, cervix, uterus, bladder, skin, testicles, liver, lungs, lymph nodes, stomach, oropharynx, neuroendocrine neoplasia, kidneys, prostate, thyroid, salivary gland, esophagus, soft tissue sarcomas, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, brain tumors, multiple myeloma, neuroblastoma. Highly specialized subdivisions have been created in the department as well.

Head of Department

Neurology
Neurosurgery
Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
Ophthalmology
Gynecology
Otorhinolaryngology

Neurology

At the Department of Neurology at University Hospital Bonn, doctors diagnose and treat various neurological diseases:

  • headaches;
  • vascular pathologies of the brain;
  • infectious processes of the nervous system;
  • multiple sclerosis;
  • brain tumors;
  • neurodegenerative diseases;
  • pathology of the peripheral nervous system;
  • muscle diseases.
At University Hospital Bonn, neurological pathologies are diagnosed using the latest equipment, which prevents inaccuracies during diagnostics.
  • CSF analysis (prescribed for suspected inflammatory polyneuropathy and multiple sclerosis, performed using lumbar puncture).
  • Ultrasound examination of blood vessels supplying the brain.
  • Electrophysiological diagnostics:
    • electroencephalography (EEG): measurement of the electrical activity of the brain taken from the surface of the skin of the scalp;
    • neurography: measurement of nerve conduction in the peripheral nervous system;
    • electromyography (EMG): determination of the electrical activity of muscles;
    • evoked potentials: measurement of nerve conduction in the brain and spinal cord;
    • electrooculography: registration of eye movements;
    • autonomous functional diagnostics: study of the regulation of blood pressure and heart rate by the nervous system.
  • X-ray methods:
    • myelography,
    • angiography,
    • computed tomography (CT),
    • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • Biopsy (tissue sampling for histology in case of brain cancer or muscle tissue in case of suspected muscle diseases).

At University Hospital of Bonn, doctors develop proprietary methods for the treatment of many neurological diseases. The department also provides effective drug therapy with high-quality drugs, for example, for migraine, Parkinson's disease and myasthenia gravis. Neurologists also actively collaborate with neurosurgeons and radiologists who provide chemotherapy for certain brain tumors.



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Neurosurgery

At University Hospital Bonn, neurosurgeons successfully operate on various pathologies of the brain and spinal cord, spine and nervous system. In addition, physiotherapy and rehabilitation procedures are carried out for patients. There are three main areas of treatment at the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Bonn:

  • tumors of the brain and spinal cord;
  • cerebrovascular disease;
  • spinal diseases.
In addition, doctors specialize in pediatric neurosurgery, peripheral nerve surgery, functional neurosurgery and epilepsy surgery.

University Hospital Bonn is fitted up with the latest equipment and surgeons perform high-precision operations without complications and a long rehabilitation period.

The department also deals with vascular neurosurgery, tumor surgery, skull base, pituitary and spine surgery. Working closely with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bonn, neurosurgeons are conducting various researches, introducing new treatment methods and looking for more effective ways to cure.

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Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

The Cardiology Center at University Hospital Bonn has become the largest center for cardiology in Germany. It consists of 7 emergency stations, 2 ICUs, 3 operating rooms and 6 cardiac catheter laboratories.

UKB deals with:
  • heart defects (aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation, mitral valve stenosis, mitral insufficiency, tricuspid valve stenosis, tricuspid regurgitation);
  • ischemic heart disease;
  • acute and chronic heart failure;
  • pathologies of the aorta;
  • vascular pathologies;
  • lung diseases resulting from cardiac pathologies;
  • cardiac arrhythmias.
Diagnostics

Non-invasive:
  • duplex sonography;
  • 3D sonography;
  • contrast-enhanced ultrasound;
  • CW dopplerography;
  • treadmill ergometry;
  • capillary microscopy;
  • arterial and venous stepping and occlusal plethysmography;
  • acral light plethysmography;
  • oscillography.

Invasive:
  • digital subtraction angiography of the vessels of the pelvis and legs, as well as supraortal vessels;
  • intravascular ultrasound.

Treatment
  • Drug therapy (drugs that lower or increase blood pressure, beta-blockers, cardiac glycosides, etc);
  • Implantation of event recorders in cases of unclear unconsciousness and for the detection of atrial fibrillation;
  • Cardiac systems (artificial pumps for highly effective blood circulation support): in case of sudden cardiovascular failure, ECLS (Extracorporeal Life Support System, sometimes also called ECMO) is used to stabilize blood circulation in the short term and start further treatment. If long-term circulatory support is required, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is usually implanted, and normal function must be achieved for many years.
  • Pacemaker therapy: implantation and aftercare (regular use of MRI-enabled devices, implantation of leadless pacemakers through a cardiac catheter through the groin);
  • Defibrillator therapy: implantation and postoperative care (MRI-enabled devices, subcutaneous defibrillators without probes in the vessels and heart);
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy: implantation and rehabilitation (CRT) for heart failure (MRI-enabled devices, so-called quadripolar sensors);
  • Cardiac beat modulation: implantation and follow-up (CCM) in heart failure (additional therapy in patients with heart failure despite optimal medical therapy);
  • Home monitoring and telemetry surveillance and surveillance in front of patients at risk.
Head of the Department

Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

The Department of Pediatric Cardiology at University Hospital Bonn treats infants, children and adolescents with congenital and acquired heart defects. Doctors also successfully perform surgeries on heart defects.

Cardiologists collaborate with the department of prenatal medicine and obstetrics, which allows for multidisciplinary care for babies in the womb. Both premature babies and newborns with heart disease are treated in a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, in collaboration with colleagues from the neonatology department.

It is worth noting interventional catheter therapy — simplification of heart surgery or complete replacement of the operation. This avoids complications and a long rehabilitation period. This method does not leave scars and marks on the body as well.

University Hospital Bonn has special outpatient centers for congenital heart disease, for patients after pacemaker or defibrillator implantation, a prenatal cardiac consultation center, research laboratories and psychosocial care centres.

Diagnostics at UKB:
  • Three-dimensional ECHO-CG;
  • Functional analysis of the heart;
  • Magnetic resonance imaging of congenital and acquired heart defects;
  • ECG;
  • Ultrasound of the heart;
  • Angiography.
Treatment at UKB:
  • Correction of all birth defects from 0 to 18 years;
  • Aortic valve reconstruction;
  • Mitral valve reconstruction;
  • Ross and Ross-Konno Surgery;
  • Correction of the transposition of the main arteries, including the Nikaidokh operation;
  • Correction of congenitally corrected transposition of the main arteries by double switching;
  • Ebstein's anomaly (Ebstein's disease);
  • Correction of the arterial trunk;
  • Total or partial anomalous connection of the pulmonary veins (TAPVD / PAPVD);
  • Pulmonary atresia with VSD (ventricular septal defect) and without;
  • Norwood operation for hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Head of the Department

Ophthalmology

The Ophthalmology Center of University Hospital Bonn provides the latest diagnostics and innovative methods for the treatment of retinal diseases such as glaucoma and uveitis. The center also works closely with the Bonn Research Center at the University, which allows the development of new methods for examining and treating eye diseases.

UKB deals with:
  • inflammatory diseases of the eyelids (blepharitis, demodicosis caused by the demodex mite, chalazion);
  • bacterial, viral, acute and chronic conjunctivitis;
  • keratitis, clouding of the cornea, keratopathy;
  • age and secondary cataract;
  • glaucoma;
  • dystrophic diseases of the retina;
  • angiopathy;
  • thrombosis and occlusion of retinal vessels, retinal hemorrhages,
  • benign and malignant neoplasms of the eyes;
  • diseases of the vitreous body (destruction, inflammatory diseases of the vitreous body, parasitic invasions, clouding, hemorrhages in the vitreous body);
  • diseases of the choroid of the eye (iritis, iridocyclitis, choroiditis, uveitis, panuveitis);
  • neuritis and atrophy of the optic nerve;
  • myopia, farsightedness.

Diagnostics at UKB:
  • Ultrasound of the eye (assessment of the state of the structures of the eyeball – retina, eye muscles, lens);
  • visometry (determination of visual acuity);
  • perimetry (determination of dysfunction in central and peripheral vision);
  • fluorescein angiography (examination of the vessels of the eye when they are contrasted with fluorescein);
  • electrophysiological study (examination of the muscles of the eye and the outer layer of the retina);
  • examination of the fundus (evaluation of the retina, optic disc, fundus vessels);
  • autorefractometry (assessment of the state of refraction of the eyes and parameters of the cornea);
  • ultrasound biomicroscopy (acoustic study aimed at identifying the pathology of the anterior segment of the eye).

Director of the University Eye Center Bonn

Gynecology

At University Hospital Bonn, a team of gynecologists develop innovative medical procedures, as well as individualized care and special attention to each patient.

One of the main emphases of the department is conservative and surgical treatment of inflammatory or benign tumor diseases. Surgeons use minimally invasive surgery with laparoscopy and hysteroscopy (abdominal endoscopy and uterine endoscopy). Also, at University Hospital of Bonn, open access route through laparotomy (abdominal incision) is practically abandoned.

It is worth noting the diagnostics in the department: early detection and follow-up of patients with malignant gynecological tumors (ovary, uterus, fallopian tubes, external genitalia) are an important component of the treatment process at University Hospital Bonn.

Urogynecology with conservative and surgical treatment of urinary incontinence and genital prolapse (prolapse of vagina, bladder and uterus) is another strong points of the hospital.

A gynecological oncology center certified by the German Cancer Society has been established at University Hospital Bonn to diagnose and treat gynecological tumors at the highest level. As a result, thousands of patients come here every year.

Since 2007, University Hospital Bonn has been a Comprehensive Cancer Center funded by German Cancer Aid together with the University Hospital Cologne as Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO).

It should be mentioned that CIO is one of the four leading oncology centers in Germany which strives for the most effective treatment of patients. It is also needs to be mentioned that on the basis of the University Hospital of Bonn, clinical trials are being conducted and new methods of fighting cancer are being developed.

Director of the Clinic of Gynecology and Gynecological Oncology

Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)

The Department of Otorhinolaryngology at University Hospital Bonn has an experienced team of specialists who provide care at the highest level and in accordance with European medical protocols. Doctors carry out various conservative and surgical methods for the treatment of pathologies of the ear, throat and nose, using the latest examination methods.

University Hospital Bonn focuses on the treatment of head and neck tumors, plastic-reconstructive procedures in nose and ear surgery, and the provision of implantable hearing aids.

In addition, the department has sections of phoniatrics and pediatric audiology, where they solve problems with voice function and hearing impairment in children.

Director of the Clinic and Polyclinic of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)

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Endocrinology

The Department of Endocrinology at University Hospital Bonn diagnoses and treats thyroid diseases, diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, as well as rare diseases with complex hormonal disorders.

Doctors, in addition to treating obesity and metabolic disorders, specialize in various hormonal disorders of the pituitary, adrenal glands, calcium and bone metabolism, growth disorders, sexual dysfunction, reproductive disorders and infertility, as well as rare endocrine tumors.

The Department provides a full range of modern diagnostics and treatment of all hormonal and metabolic disorders. The hospital provides:
  • inpatient care for acute hyperglycemic and metabolic imbalances of types 1 and 2,
  • teaching and treatment program for initial manifestations,
  • post-inpatient and outpatient care for diabetes and its complications,
  • metabolic surgery for difficult-to-control diabetes.

In the field of obesity, including preparation and postoperative care for bariatric / metabolic surgery, they also carry out:
  • the conservative Bonn Obesity Treatment Program for adults with a BMI of 30 or more for 6 months;
  • the concept of multimodal obesity therapy (nutrition/exercise/behavioral therapy);
  • preparation for bariatric surgery;
  • diet after bariatric surgery;
  • nutritional advice for dyslipidemia.

Head of the Department