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Department of proctology (rectal disease) and endoscopy

PD. Dr. med. Hartmut Schafer
surgery, proctology

About the department

The department of proctology (rectal disease) and endoscopy at PAN Clinic Cologne offers the entire spectrum of diagnostics and endoscopic therapy for all pathological conditions of the gastrointestinal tract using the most modern examination methods. The department mainly specializes in the treatment of the rectum. You will be carefully examined and treated by surgeons with many years of diagnostic and surgical experience and specialized additional qualifications in endoscopic diagnostics and therapy. The treatment rooms of the department are adapted to the needs of patients with proctological diseases. For example, proctological examinations are carried out in a large examination room with particular attention to the pubic part of the body. Functionality, hygiene requirements and patient safety are of paramount importance to doctors.

The department’s primary focus is the diagnosis of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract using endoscopic methods. However, the endoscopy method can also be used for conservative purposes. For example, to stop gastrointestinal bleeding, removing foreign bodies or polyps and small tumours.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Hemorrhoidal disease
  • Anal vein thrombosis
  • Skin tags
  • Anal fissure
  • Abscesses and fistulas
  • Prolapse Diseases
  • Tumours of the gastrointestinal tract (tumours of the stomach, tumours of the colon, tumours of the rectum)
  • Anal and perianal benign and malignant tumours
  • Anal and perianal STDs (genital warts (condyloma))
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis)
  • Faecal incontinence and defecation disorders


  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (gastroscopy)
  • Colonoscopy 
  • Rectoscopy and proctoscopy (rectum and canal endoscopy)
  • Anoscopy
  • Ultrasound of the abdominal cavity
  • Rectal endoscopic ultrasound 
  • Transrectal sonography (endosonography) in 3D

Treatment options:

  • Surgical therapy
  • Minimally invasive endoscopic therapy
  • Radiofrequency ablation of haemorrhoids (Rafaelo method)
  • Gatekeeper method for faecal incontinence
  • SNS (Sacral Nerve Stimulation) (electrical probe is applied directly to the exiting nerves on the sacrum of the spine)
  • PTNS (peripheral tibialis nerve stimulation) for faecal incontinence
  • Ostomy therapy and follow-up care
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Doctor profile


  • Study of Human Medicine at the University of Cologne
  • 1989 Internship in the Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Cologne.
  • 1991 Doctoral thesis defence. Subject: "Chronic heart failure caused by intake of ibopamine"
  • 1991 - 1993 Internship abroad, Rome (Italy), scholarship of the German Research 
  • Foundation
  • 1995 Board certification, University Hospital Cologne


  • 1993 Resumption of work at the University Hospital Cologne
  • Until 31.07.2010 Senior Physician and Head of the Section of Surgical Endoscopy and Proctology in the Department of General, Abdominal and Cancer Surgery at the University Hospital Cologne
  • Assistant Professor at the University of Cologne
  • Since 01.09.2010 Chief Physician in the Department of Proctology and Endoscopy at the PAN Clinic Cologne

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Member of the State Commission for Final Examination of Medical Students at the University of Cologne
  • European Board of Surgical Qualification (EBSQ)
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