Freiburg, Germany

University Medical Center Freiburg

University Medical Center Freiburg is one of the top 10 hospitals in Germany. The Center is a place of high-performance medicine that skillfully combines research, education of future doctors and successful treatment of patients.

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University Medical Center Freiburg

Since 1457, patients from all over Europe, Asia and America have been treated at the Freiburg University Hospital. Every year, more than a million German and foreign patients choose the Freiburg Medical Center due to its highly effective treatment and quality service.

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Advantages of treatment in the University Hospital Freiburg

At the University Hospital Freiburg, the health and comfort of patients come first. Professionals in their field work here, who annually improve their skills for high-quality diagnostics and effective treatment.
Attitude towards patient
All employees of the Freiburg University Hospital care about the comfort of the patient. The best conditions for stay and service are created here. Being here, the patient will not need anything.
Precise Diagnostics
The University Hospital Freiburg has all the latest medical devices installed, which makes it possible to accurately diagnose and track the progress of the cure.
Effective treatment
Doctors at the Freiburg University Hospital use modern European treatment protocols, which makes it possible to avoid taking unnecessary medications or undergoing unnecessary surgical interventions.
On the basis of the University of Freiburg, various studies are being carried out to find new methods of treatment and diagnostics of serious diseases. Doctors are developing drugs that are highly effective and have fewer side effects.
Multidisciplinary approach
The clinic employs 1,700 doctors of various specialties. Thanks to this, each case is analyzed at an interdisciplinary consultation, which makes it possible to solve the problem in a comprehensive manner.

University Hospital Freiburg — International Awards and Achievements

Specialization of the University Hospital Freiburg

At the University Hospital Freiburg, doctors successfully diagnose and treat most known diseases. Here they know how to overcome the disease in order to completely get rid of it or bring it into a long-term remission. At the same time, doctors use only high-quality original drugs, which reduces the risk of adverse reactions.

Center for Rare Diseases

The Center for Rare Diseases at the University Hospital Freiburg provides specialized, multidisciplinary and coordinated diagnostics. Treatment of children and adults is always at the highest level. The center specializes mainly in diseases of the skin, muscles, skeletal system, kidneys, lungs, eyes, connective tissue, bone marrow or blood vessels, chronic immune defects, and multiple organ syndromes. High medical and nursing competence, innovative special diagnostics, the latest therapy methods and interdisciplinary cooperation ensure the highest quality of service.
Epilepsy Center
The Epilepsy Center at the Freiburg University Hospital is the place of maximum care in Germany. It offers comprehensive multimodal diagnostics for differential examination, special diagnostic programs for planning special therapy for epilepsy and its especially rare forms. In addition to medical treatment, specific therapies are offered for rare and complex forms of epilepsy, including implantation of a neurostimulator and other surgical treatments for epilepsy.
Center for Skeletal Developmental Disorders
The Center for Skeletal Disorders in Freiburg provides specialized diagnostics and interdisciplinary treatment of rare congenital diseases of the cartilage, bones and musculoskeletal system. Molecular diagnostics and therapy procedures are at the highest scientific level. Conservative treatment is often carried out as part of multicenter clinical trials, which allows for maximum effectiveness.
Center for Rare Eye Diseases
The Center for Rare Eye Diseases at the University Hospital Freiburg diagnoses and treats:
  • central serous chorioretinopathy (CHS)
  • dysgenesis of the anterior segment of the eye (aniridia, Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome, Peters anomaly, sclerocornea, ICE syndrome)
  • corneal dystrophy
  • retinal dystrophy
  • orbit disease
  • violations of the surface of the eye (graft-versus-host reaction after corneal transplantation)
  • cataracts in children
  • glaucoma in children
  • Marfan syndrome
  • mucosal pemphigoid
  • eye tumors.
Center for Rare Rheumatic Diseases
The Center for Rare Rheumatic Diseases at the University Hospital Freiburg cooperates closely with the CCI (Center for Chronic Immunodeficiencies) and the Dermatology Clinic (part of the Freiburg Center for Rare Diseases) in differential diagnostics and treatment. Here doctors successfully treat:
  • systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS)
  • polymyositis (PM);
  • giant cell arteritis (GCA)
  • Takayasu arteritis (TAK)
  • granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA)
  • microscopic polyangiitis (MPA)
  • eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA)
  • cryoglobulinemic vasculitis
  • IgA vasculitis
  • febrile syndromes
  • adult Still's disease (AoSD).
Center for fragile skin and epidermolysis bullosa
The Center for Fragile Skin and Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) at the Hospital for Dermatology and Venereology at the University Hospital Freiburg provides highly specialized diagnostics, consultations and therapy for patients with rare skin fragility diseases.

It treats genetic or autoimmune skin diseases that are associated with high skin vulnerability and chronic wounds. Patients are referred to the center throughout Germany and from various European countries.

Fast diagnostics, highly specialized and interdisciplinary care indicate the professionalism of doctors and the high level of medicine in the center.
Center for Rare Lung Diseases
The Center for Rare Lung Diseases is part of the Pulmonology Hospital in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University Hospital Freiburg. This is where a lung transplant is performed. Together with the departments of rheumatology and nephrology, the pulmonology clinic forms a vasculitis center, which is a contact point for patients with vascular inflammation.

The center is engaged in diagnostics and treatment of:
  • alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • chronic graft-versus-host disease
  • chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension
  • chronic borreliosis
  • cystic fibrosis
  • eosinophilic granulomatosis
  • Wegener's granulomatosis
  • hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • lymphangioleiomyomatosis
  • microscopic polyangiitis
  • nonspecific interstitial pneumonia
  • sarcoidosis.
Center for Pediatric Neuromuscular Diseases
The Muscle Centre, one of the largest in Germany, offers interdisciplinary diagnostics and expertise for all forms of rare neuromuscular diseases. Here they deal with diseases from neuropediatrics, pneumology, neuropathology, human genetics, orthopedics, physiotherapy, radiology, sports medicine.

Center specialization:
  • congenital myopathies
  • dermatomyositis, polymyositis
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome and polyneuritis, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, Miller-Fischer
  • hereditary and idiopathic neuropathies
  • mitochondrial myopathies
  • muscular dystrophy (including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, limb-girdle muscular dystrophy)
  • myasthenia gravis and congenital myasthenia gravis
  • myotonic syndromes (myotonic dystrophy).
Center for Congenital Metabolic Pathologies
The Center for Congenital Metabolic Diseases at the University Hospital Freiburg provides interdisciplinary care and therapy, specialized diagnostics for rare congenital metabolic disorders.

The center has a large metabolism laboratory which acts as a national referral laboratory for hospitals and practices from Baden-Württemberg, throughout Germany and beyond. The laboratory offers biochemical diagnostics (targeted and non-targeted metabolomics), as well as functional diagnostics and genetic diagnostics.

Center specialization:
  • fatty acid oxidation disorders and carnitine cycle defects
  • disorders of carbohydrate metabolism (including glycogenosis, defects in gluconeogenesis)
  • metabolic disorders of ketone bodies
  • disorders of energy metabolism (mitochondriopathy), including disorders of oxidative phosphorylation, defects in pyruvate metabolism and the Krebs cycle
  • lysosomal storage diseases, metabolic diseases of the skeleton and other genetic metabolic defects
  • amino acid metabolism disorders (including PKU, MSUD, tyrosinemia) and organoacidopathy (including glutaric aciduria, propionic aciduria, methylmalonic aciduria, isovaleric acidemia)
  • homocystinuria and methylation defects
  • other genetic metabolic disorders.
Center for Congenital and Acquired Blood Diseases
The Center for Congenital and Acquired Blood Diseases is part of the Clinic for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the University Hospital Freiburg. The center deals with treatment and diagnostics of rare congenital or acquired blood diseases of all or individual cell lines (for example, bone marrow failure, rare anemia, rare neutropenia and thrombocytopenia, and rare myeloproliferative diseases).
Center for Chronic Immunodeficiency
The Center for Chronic Immunodeficiency at the University Hospital Freiburg deals with the research and treatment of immune defects and research on the immune system. A feature of the center is the unification under one roof of specialists in the field of immunology, infectious disease, rheumatology, hematology, as well as cell and gene therapy. Here they work with the motto "Recognize - understand - treat immunodeficiency."

Center specialization:
  • congenital immune defects such as SCID, CVID, XLA, HLH, ALPS, hyper-IgE syndrome, CGD and many others
  • acquired immunodeficiencies
  • detection of increased susceptibility to infections
  • clarification of chronic exacerbations
  • clarification of obscure inflammatory pathologies
  • clarification of obscure autoimmune diseases
  • identification of antibody deficiency syndromes.
Orthopedics and Traumatology
Cardiac Surgery

Ophthalmological Clinic

The Ophthalmology Hospital at the University Hospital Freiburg is one of the largest eye centers in Germany.
All eye diseases are diagnosed and treated here.
  • central serous chorioretinopathy
  • glaucoma
  • pathology of the cornea and conjunctiva
  • retinal dystrophy
  • neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, treatment of strabismus
  • retinal pathology
  • uveitis
  • eye oncology
  • corneal transplant.
  • complete ophthalmological examination
  • fluorescein angiography of the retina
  • indocyanine angiography
  • electrophysiological methods
  • x-ray, CT, positron emission tomography (for eye oncology)
  • corneal thickness measurement (pachymetry)
  • study of visual fields: static perimetry, kinetic perimetry
  • visual assessment of the optic disc
  • optic nerve biomorphometry using HRT 3 and OCT (RNFL-OCT, BMO-OCT) and other methods.
  • cataract surgery
  • glaucoma surgery: iridocycloretraction, trabeculectomy, XEN implant
  • combined cataract and glaucoma surgery
  • corneal transplant
  • laser corneal surgery (phototherapeutic keratectomy, LASIK)
  • surgical treatment of uveitis
  • facial paralysis therapy
  • operations of entropion, ectropion and ptosis
  • blepharoplasty
  • plastic reconstructive oncology of the eyelids and periorbita
  • orbital tumor surgery
  • anophthalmic surgery
  • scar correction
  • lacrimal canal surgery
  • endoscopic lacrimal duct surgery and much more.

Clinic of Orthopedics and Traumatology

The Clinic for Orthopedics and Traumatology at the University Hospital Freiburg is a Level I trauma centre. Here, medical assistance is provided 24/7 for emergency conditions of patients with injuries of any severity. The clinic also treats diseases, malformations and injuries of the entire musculoskeletal system in patients of all ages. Medical Director Prof. Hagen Schmahl is Top Doctor of the 2022 on the Focus Doctors List.
  • endoprosthesis
  • osteoporosis
  • tumor surgery
  • sports orthopedics and traumatology
  • pediatric orthopedics
  • shoulder surgery
  • elbow surgery
  • spine surgery
  • knee and cartilage surgery
  • foot and ankle surgery
  • septic surgery.
  • ultrasound
  • MRI
  • CT scan
  • endoscopic diagnostics of joints
  • radiography
  • PET-CT (for oncological cases).
  • conservative therapy: physiotherapy, massage, manual techniques, exercise therapy, oxygen-ozone and / or infusion therapy, intraosseous administration of drugs, injections (subcutaneous, intravenous, intramuscular), blockades;
  • surgical treatment.

Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery

Every year, approximately 4,500 patients with pathologies of the cardiovascular system are operated on by experienced cardiac surgeons at the University Hospital Freiburg. The spectrum of treatment includes all diseases of the heart and blood vessels in all age groups. The clinic deals with the smallest patients with congenital heart defects. Here, individualized and most sparing treatment methods are used. The main emphasis of the doctors is on minimally traumatic surgical methods for interventions on the heart valves.
Range of services
  • shunt procedure
  • heart valve surgery
  • open and endovascular vascular surgery
  • surgery for congenital heart defects
  • heart transplant
  • surgical treatment of cardiac arrhythmias
  • intensive therapy.
  • laboratory testing
  • CT and MRI
  • ECG and blood pressure monitoring
  • stress echocardiographic study, bicycle ergometric test
  • echocardiography on expert-class devices
  • ultrasound
  • angiography;
  • radioisotope methods of examination
  • transesophageal atrial stimulation
  • ultrasound of the coronary vessels
  • transesophageal echocardiography.
  • minimally invasive coronary surgery
  • open surgery of the ascending aorta, aortic arch, descending aorta
  • intrauterine diagnostics of heart defects with subsequent correction
  • operations for congenital heart defects in children and adults
  • endovascular care for congenital / acquired heart defects, coronary heart disease, vascular pathology
  • correction of cardiac arrhythmia, as well as the implantation of artificial pacemakers.

Gynecological Сlinic

Women's health is the main concern of the gynecological clinic at the University Hospital Freiburg. Here they deal with problems of the reproductive system and breasts, management of pregnancy and childbirth, endocrinological diseases.

Gynecological cancer and precancerous conditions
Diagnostics and treatment of various forms of female genital cancer at the highest level at the University Hospital Freiburg. Patients are supported by an experienced team of gynecologists who work closely with surgeons, radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists, medical oncologists. Experienced psychologists-oncologists, social workers and pastors, physiotherapists and nurses trained in the field of oncology are ready to provide both psychological and service assistance to patients.
Here they solve problems in the abdominal cavity and chest, which have arisen as a result of the appearance of gynecological tumors. As a maximum care hospital, the clinic is optimally equipped to treat complex clinical presentations.
Obstetrics and perinatology
A team of experienced doctors offers examination during pregnancy and obstetric care. Doctors regularly conduct childbirth preparation courses, and the gynecological clinic has a school for parents. Even after the baby is born, obstetricians and neonatologists are close by and guarantee optimal care.
Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine
A team of professionals provides assistance with hormonal disorders, contraception. Conservative and invasive options for infertility treatment are carried out here as well: in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
Women's Health Center and School for Parents
In the clinic, specialists conduct courses, seminars and other events related to women's health and cancer in women.

Clinic of Neurology

At the University Hospital Freiburg, neurologists carry out all the necessary diagnostics and therapy. It is worth noting that a certified national stroke center and an interdisciplinary neurovascular center are based here. This makes it possible to provide full range of diagnostics and treatment of strokes. The clinic also treats Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease and meningitis.
  • movement disorders
  • epilepsy
  • inflammation and infection of the nervous system
  • headache
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • dementia
  • neurogeriatrics and dementia
  • stroke
  • dizziness
  • tumors.
  • CT (computed tomography)
  • lumbar puncture
  • functional diagnostics
  • ultrasound
  • radiography
  • PET (positron emission tomography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • EEG (electroencephalography)
  • REG (rheoencephalography)
  • ENMG (electroneuromyography)
  • laboratory tests.
  • medication (improvement of nerve conduction, acceleration of restoration of nerve connections, muscle relaxants, chondroprotectors, nootropics, neuroprotectors, sedatives and antidepressants, painkillers, vitamin therapy, specific drugs for infectious diseases and concomitant oncology).
  • physiotherapy (manual therapy, massages, exercise therapy courses, acupuncture, magnetotherapy and ultrasound therapy).
  • rehabilitation after a stroke, with Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis, after concussions and spinal injuries.

Clinic of Neurosurgery

The Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Freiburg includes the Department of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and the Department of Preoperative Epilepsy Diagnostics. Here they treat patients with diseases of the brain, spine, spinal cord and nerves. Diseases that cannot be cured by conservative methods are treated surgically.
Clinical Focus
Spontaneous intracranial hypotension (headache that occurs in an upright position and quickly resolves while lying down).

Brain tumor, as well as various tumors of the central and peripheral nervous system.

Spinal surgery (degenerative diseases of the spine, inflammatory or neoplastic diseases of the spine, lumbar, thoracic and cervical disc herniations, stenosis of the lumbar and cervical spine, etc.).

Skull base surgery (endoscopic interventions, radiosurgery for tumors located at the base of the skull).

Vascular neurosurgery (subarachnoid hemorrhage, aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation, dural arteriovenous fistula, intracerebral hemorrhage, cavernoma).

Pediatric neurosurgery (congenital malformations and developmental disorders of the nervous system, brain tumors).

Diseases of the peripheral nerves (ulnar nerve syndrome, scalene syndrome, tarsal canal syndrome, paresthetic meralgia, Morton's neuroma).

Treatment of hydrocephalus (accumulation of excess cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles inside the brain).

Stereotactic neurosurgery (movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, tremor, dystonia), brain tumors.

Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

The Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital Freiburg provides comprehensive care that takes into account all the needs of the patient. Highly effective medicine and the latest diagnostic methods will help to cope even with severe pathologies.
  • Allergology
  • Pediatrics
  • Hematology
  • Blood stem cell transplantation
  • Endocrinology
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastroenterology and hepatology
  • Vascular malformations
  • Blood coagulation disorders
  • Cardiology
  • Immunology
  • Infectionology
  • Gynecology
  • Radiology
  • Neuropediatrics and Muscular Disorders
  • Kidney disease and dialysis
  • Oncology
  • Genetics
  • Psychology and psychosomatics
  • Pneumology, cystic fibrosis, sleep laboratory
  • Rheumatology
  • Ultrasound examination
  • Radiography
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Endoscopic examinations (gastroscopy, bronchoscopy, etc.)
  • Functional diagnostics (ECG, REG, EEG, video-EEG monitoring, ECG Holter monitoring, audiometry, etc.)
  • Comprehensive laboratory diagnostics (biochemical, immunological, hematological, coagulation, general clinical blood tests, urine, feces and other biological fluids)
  • CT (computed tomography).
  • Physiotherapy (helping the child in sensorimotor development and lead him to maximum independence in everyday life).
  • Dietetics (focuses on rare metabolic disorders, cystic fibrosis, chronic bowel disease, celiac disease, food allergies and intolerances, type 1 diabetes, kidney disease, and overweight and underweight).
  • Speech and language therapy (speech therapists examine and treat children of all ages with speech, speech, voice, and swallowing disorders for various reasons).
  • Patient education (the purpose of the courses is to reduce restrictions in daily life, detailed advice and instructions on how to deal with the disease).
  • Specific methods of treatment of rare diseases.

Cancer Center

The Cancer Center Freiburg is a comprehensive oncology clinic that has become the main one in South Baden, Germany.
Here, diagnostic and therapy programs for cancer patients are created individually and interdisciplinary, using the latest therapy concepts.
  • breast tumors
  • colon oncology
  • gastrointestinal cancer
  • gynecological cancer
  • malignant tumors of the skin
  • brain cancer
  • pediatric and adolescent cancer
  • cancer of the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract
  • cancer in the neck, head
  • leukemia
  • lung cancer and chest tumors
  • pancreatic carcinoma
  • liver cancer
  • lymphomas
  • multiple myeloma
  • neuroendocrine tumors
  • prostate cancer
  • sarcomas.
  • Hematological and clinical-chemical laboratory studies
  • Bone marrow and cerebrospinal fluid tests
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray studies and MRI in the Department of Radiology
  • Scintigraphy and PET in the Department of Nuclear Medicine
  • Biopsy of a tissue sample
  • Study of tissues in the Pathoanatomical Institute.
  • Chemotherapy
  • Stem cell transplant
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted therapy with individually selected drugs
  • Radiation therapy
  • Proton irradiation in other centers (Essen, Heidelberg, Marburg).

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Research at the University Hospital Freiburg

At the University Hospital Freiburg, based at the university, they are looking for new methods of examination and treatment, as well as collaborating with researchers around the world. Thanks to this, patients enjoy the latest techniques, advanced diagnostics, modern medical equipment and proven methods of treatment.

Interdisciplinary, individualized care is often the only way to help a patient. Physicians from various disciplines consult on complex cases to develop treatment plans for the needs of special patients.

As a result, 97% of the hospital's patients recommend this medical center to their family and friends.

Childcare at the University Hospital Freiburg

The Freiburg University Hospital provides not only highly effective treatment, but also entertainment programs for children.

Specially trained professional clowns work here. They become friends, comforters of ill children, cheer them up. Children have a special relationship with clowns and tell them a lot of things that they don't tell doctors and nurses, such as feeling unwell or other negative situations. Clowns play in the garden on the hospital grounds every Thursday from 15:00 to 16:00. Children can watch it from the windows of the wards. You can also contact the clowns via Skype from 16:30.

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