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Department of thoracic surgery

Dr. med. Martin Hohls
thoracic surgery

About the department

The thoracic surgery department at Helios Hospital Krefeld deals with the detection and surgical treatment of acute and chronic diseases of the lungs and chest cavity. The department's team of experts in thoracic surgery helps patients with lung diseases or malformations of the chest through minimally invasive, gentle, and surgical treatment methods. The department has the most modern equipment and works according to the latest international medical standards. Thoracic surgeons carry out all procedures and interventions with extensive experience and the necessary specialist knowledge. In addition, the department often works interdisciplinary with anaesthesia, endoscopy, physical therapy, and specialised nursing. The department's ultimate goal is to create a pleasant and friendly atmosphere during the patient's stay in the hospital.

The main specialisation of the department is the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer and lung metastases. In addition, doctors pay a lot of attention to chest biopsy, surgical treatment of suppuration in the pleural cavity, chest defects, tracheal surgery, and lung volume reduction surgery. Furthermore, the department surgeons have unique experience and knowledge in thoracic surgery in children and adolescents.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Lung cancer
  • Metastases to the lungs
  • Airway stenosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pneumothorax
  • Hemothorax
  • Pulmonary nodules
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Atelectasis 
  • Pleural effusion
  • Bullous lung disease

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis (history of the disease) 
  • Physical examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical diagnostic 
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Computed tomography 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging 
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Bronchoscopy (endoscopic technique of visualizing the inside of the airways)
  • Thoracoscopy (provides access to the thoracic cavity for evaluation of intrathoracic pathology)
  • Lung needle biopsy (to obtain a tiny sample of lung tissue)

Treatment: 

  • Treatment of suppuration of the pleura
  • Tracheal surgery
  • Surgical lung volume reduction
  • Treatment of chest deformities
  • Thoracic surgery in children
  • Removal of a portion of an organ (segmental resection)
  • Organ flap removal (lobectomy or VATS lobectomy)
  • Removal of two lung lobes (bilobectomy)
  • Removal of a lung (pneumonectomy)
  • Alternative operations on vessels and bronchi
  • Laser therapy 
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1989 - 1995 Study of Medicine, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen, Germany
  • 1995 Medical licensing examination, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen, Germany
  • 1997 Doctoral Thesis, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen, Germany
  • 2006 Board Certification as General Surgeon, Germany
  • 2008 Board Certification as Thoracic Surgeon, Germany
  • 2002 - 2006 Completion of general surgical training and training in trauma and orthopaedic surgery at the hospitals of Krefeld and Duisburg, Germany

Experience

  • 1996 - 2000 Surgical rotation in England, the last 2 years at the Royal London Hospital
  • 2000 - 2002 Assistant Physician, Department of Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital Freiburg, Germany
  • 2006 - 2008 Assistant Physician, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Hospital Cologne Merheim, Germany
  • 2008 - 2008 Assistant Physician, Department of Adult and Pediatric Thoracic Surgery, Helios Clinic Krefeld, Germany
  • 2008 - 2010 Senior Physician, Department of Adult and Pediatric Thoracic Surgery, Helios Clinic Krefeld, Germany
  • 2010 - 2015 Leading Senior Physician, Department of Adult and Pediatric Thoracic Surgery, Helios Clinic Krefeld, Germany
  • Since January 2016 Chief Physician, Department of Adult and Pediatric Thoracic Surgery, Helios Clinic Krefeld
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