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Department of otolaryngology, facial, head, neck, and skull base surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Jan Maurer
otolaryngology, head and neck surgery

About the department

The department of otolaryngology, facial, head, neck, and skull base surgery at Academic Hospital Koblenz-Montabaur offers a full range of accurate diagnostics and modern conservative and surgical treatment of diseases of the ear and throat, nose, and head and neck. In addition, high-quality services are provided in phoniatry, pedaudiology and speech therapy. Furthermore, the department houses a progressive Cochlear Implant Center, distinguished by outstanding success in treating hearing loss. According to Focus magazine, the department is one of the leaders in treating hearing impairment in Germany. In addition, the department is affiliated with the German Society for Hematology and Oncology and specialises in the treatment of head and neck tumours. The department regularly holds interdisciplinary oncological consultations to develop an optimal individual treatment therapy.

The critical focus is cochlear implantation, carried out in a specialised centre. The treatment process includes complex diagnostics, installation of a cochlear implant, and subsequent patient rehabilitation. Cochlear implantation is performed for both children and adults. Doctors prefer to use minimally invasive and microsurgical surgical procedures for all operations using endoscopes, microscopes, lasers, intraoperative nerve monitoring, intraoperative navigation and maxillofacial surgery. The department has all the options to remove the tumour gently. In the case of severe interventions due to medical necessity or on request, the treatment is carried out by an anesthesiologist under short-term outpatient anaesthesia.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Inflammation of the middle ear
  • Acoustic neurinoma
  • Sore throat
  • Hearing loss
  • Vestibular disorders
  • Vertigo
  • Tumours of the face, head and neck
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Juvenile fibroma of the nasopharynx
  • Malignant otitis externa

Diagnostic procedures: 

  • Tone-speech audiometry
  • Tympanometry
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Stroboscopy (a special method used to visualise vocal fold vibration)
  • Electromyography (facial nerve)
  • Ultrasound scan
  • Rhinomanometry (measurement of nasal air resistance)
  • Digital volume tomography (DVT)
  • Computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Laboratory sleep screening

Treatment: 

  • Drug treatment of the tumour (e.g., chemotherapy, antibody therapy)
  • Intratympanic administration of drugs
  • Recovery from injuries
  • Orbital decompression for endocrine orbitopathy
  • Mediastinoscopic operations
  • Surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring
  • Cochlear implant rehabilitation 
  • Plastic-reconstructive surgery of tumours
  • Reconstruction with microsurgical tissue transfer
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