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Department of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery

Dr. med. Emil Zenev
otolaryngology, plastic and reconstructive head and neck surgery

About the department

The department of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at PAN Clinic Cologne diagnoses and treats acute and chronic diseases of the ears, nose, throat and larynx, dizziness, tinnitus and voice and speech disorders. Furthermore, doctors offer prevention, detection, classic and operative ENT medicine, aftercare and rehabilitation of diseases. Likewise, plastic and aesthetic surgery are performed on the head and neck. Department doctors work according to the latest scientific findings. The constant further training of department specialists and high-end equipment ensures that the medical care is always up to date to treat patients professionally, innovatively and individually. In addition to high-class medical care, doctors and nursing staff create the most pleasurable atmosphere for a comfortable stay for patients. 

The department of otolaryngology specializes in ENT surgery, hearing and hearing loss, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. For all operations, the department uses the latest surgical techniques such as minimally invasive and microsurgical procedures using navigation surgery, endoscopy, a microscope or the diode laser - in the operating theatre or outpatient treatment. In addition, all aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures are also available to achieve an individual solution with an aesthetically optimal result for every question and every problem.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis: 

  • Hearing loss 
  • Tonsillitis 
  • Ear infections 
  • Sinus infections
  • Sleep Apnea 
  • Snoring 
  • Vertigo 
  • Cancer 
  • Allergies 
  • Head and neck injuries

Diagnostic:

  • Tone audiometry (hearing threshold measurement)
  • Speech audiometry (check ability to hear and comprehend spoken words)
  • Tympanometry (to check the mobility of the eardrum)
  • Impedance and reflex hearing test
  • Ultrasound examination/ENT sonography
  • Nasal examination
  • Rhinoscopy
  • Nasal endoscopy 
  • Prick test (checks for immediate allergic reactions, 50 different substances)
  • RAST test (testing a person's blood to see if they have any allergies)
  • Other diagnostic procedures

Treatment options:

  • Nasal and paranasal sinus surgery (without tamponades)
  • Ear surgery (semi-implantable hearing systems and cochlea implantation (CI))
  • Tumour surgery 
  • Plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery
  • Tube dilatation (also for small children)
  • Semi-implantable hearing aids ( SOUNDBRIDGE® and BONEBRIDGE® )
  • Cochlear implants ( SYNCHRONY® ) for severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss
  • Surgery for sleep-disordered breathing 
  • Acupuncture
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1983 - 1990 Study of Medicine, State Examination and Admission to Medical Practice, Medical University, Sofia
  • 1986 Trimester at the Faculty of Medicine in Moscow, advanced training in the Department of Cardiac Surgery
  • 1995 Board Certification in Otolaryngology, State Medical Association of Brandenburg.
  • 1999 Doctoral thesis defence with honours. Subject: "Bipolar thermotherapy for nasal concha hyperplasia"
  • 2002 Board Certification (optional) in special ENT surgery, Medical Association of Westphalia-Lippe in Muenster
  • 2005 Board Certification in Plastic and Reconstructive ENT Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, Munich Medical Association
  • 2007 Habilitation at the University of Sofia. Subject: "Surgical treatment of midface and skull base fractures – relevant problems in the treatment of lateral-basal and midfacial fractures, as well as the use of navigation surgery in skull traumatology"

Experience

  • 1990 - 1991 Assistant Physician, Department of Otolaryngology, Hospital in Kyustendil, Bulgaria
  • 1991 - 1993 Assistant Physician, Department of Otolaryngology, University Hospital Sofia
  • 1993 - 1995 Assistant Physician, Charite University Hospital, Campus Benjamin Franklin
  • 1995 - 2000 Acting Head of the Department at the Hospital Potsdam, Free University of Berlin
  • 2000 - 2002 Senior Physician, Department of Otolaryngology at the Hospital Bad Lippspringe
  • 2002 - 2006 Managing Senior Physician, Department of Otolaryngology at the Academic Hospital Augsburg of Ludwig Maximilian
  • University of Munich
  • Since 2007 Partner in ENT Practice at the PAN Clinic Cologne
  • Since 01.04.2009 Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology at the PAN Clinic Cologne
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