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Department of thoracic surgery

Dr. med. Horst Mertins
thoracic surgery

About the department

The department of thoracic surgery at Johanna Etienne Hospital Neuss deals with all lung and bronchi diseases, including malignant conditions. Qualified doctors have huge experience in benign and malignant tumours of the chest, inflammation in the chest and chest trauma. Thanks to interdisciplinary cooperation with radiologists, cardiologists, oncologists, pulmonologists, and anesthesiologists, the department ensures high treatment quality. Furthermore, the department is equipped with the latest modern computer tomography, allowing accurate diagnostic procedures and therapeutic manipulations following national and international guidelines. In addition to medical care, doctors and nursing staff make sure that the patients feel comfortable during their stay in the hospital.

The treatment spectrum of thoracic surgery covers minor interventions such as removing tissue samples for histological clarification of unclear processes in the chest or installing drains through to complex and technically demanding tumour operations. A particular focus is minimally invasive surgical techniques (video-assisted thoracoscopy or mediastinoscopy). This surgical procedure, which is gentler on the patient, is used in most scenarios.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Lung cancer
  • Lung metastases and other pulmonary nodules (tissue nodules)
  • Mediastinal tumours (median skin tumour)
  • Chest wall and pleura diseases
  • Inflammatory diseases of the lungs
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Thoracic trauma (injuries to the chest)
  • Pneumothorax and pleural empyema
  • Pulmоnary emphysema

Diagnostic options: 

  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests 
  • Bronchoscopy (visualising the inside of the airways for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes)
  • Chest X-ray 
  • CT-guided puncture of the lungs
  • Endobronchial ultrasound 
  • Endobronchial biopsy
  • Video-assisted thoracоscоpy

Treatment: 

  • Minimally-invasive surgery
  • Radical surgical therapy
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)
  • Corоnary artery bypass surgery
  • Lobectomy (removal of the lobe of the lung affected by lung cancer)
  • Optimal fluid therapy 
  • Physiоtherapy
  • Other treatment services 
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1991 Medical studies: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Experience

  • 2005 Specialist in surgery, a clinic for thoracic surgery, specialist clinic Wangen, additional qualification "emergency medicine"  
  • 2009 Specialist in thoracic surgery, Clinic for Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, Ernst von Bergmann Klinikum Potsdam   
  • Senior Physician, Clinic for General, Visceral, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, Hospital Düren
  • 2011 Senior Physician, Clinic for General, Visceral, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, Städt. Munich Harlaching Clinic, Municipal Clinic Munich GmbH
  • 2012 Head Senior Physician, Clinic for General, Visceral, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, Klinikum Harlaching, Städtisches Klinikum München GmbH 
  • 2015 Head Senior Physician, Clinic for Thoracic Surgery, Klinikum Bogenhausen, Municipal Clinic Munich GmbH
  • 2019 Senior Consultant, Clinic for Thoracic Surgery, Johanna Etienne Hospital Neuss, St. Augustinus Group
  • 2021 Chief Physician, Clinic for Thoracic Surgery, Johanna Etienne Hospital Neuss, St. Augustinus Group

Awards, memberships, publications

  • German Society for Thoracic Surgery
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