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Department of vascular surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Nikolaos Tsilimparis
vascular surgery

About the department

The department of vascular surgery at University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich provides care for patients with blood vessel diseases requiring surgical intervention. The department has an exceptional range of treatments, ranging from complex operations on the aorta to endovenous (minimally invasive) varicose vein sclerotherapy using radio waves. In close cooperation with partners at the Vascular Center, the department can also offer medical care for patients with severe vascular diseases and concomitant diseases in an individual, interdisciplinary treatment concept. The department has a certificate from the German Society of Vascular Surgery, the German Roentgen Society and the German Society of Angiology. The department per year provides more than 700 vascular interventions. A specially qualified treatment team is available for patients around the clock. The medical and nursing team and the employees of the department for physical medicine and rehabilitation are at your disposal to provide optimal care and accompany you from the day you are admitted to the day you are discharged.

The focal points of the vascular surgery department are diagnostic and treatment of aortic pathologies, diseases of the supra-aortic vessels and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). In addition, the department provides implantation of pacemakers, defibrillators, ports and specializes in shunt surgery and installation of the dialysis catheter system.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Carotid artery stenosis
  • Varicose veins
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Arterial stenosis
  • Peripheral arterial occlusive disease
  • Thrombosis
  • Chronic venous insufficiency

Diagnostic:

  • Dopplerography (to estimate the blood flow through your blood vessels)
  • B-mode sonography
  • Duplex sonography
  • Colour duplex sonography (using high-frequency sound waves to look at the speed of blood flow)
  • Percutaneous microcirculation assessment
  • Segment oscillography
  • Light reflection rheography (quick and non-invasive test of venous function)
  • Photoplethysmography (to detect blood volume changes in the microvascular bed of tissue)

Treatment options:

  • Stripping (removal of large varicose veins)
  • Minimally invasive techniques (for example, vein sclerotherapy)
  • Radiofrequency ablation (VNUS)
  • Laser ablation
  • Stent implantation
  • Balloon dilatation (including the smallest vessels)
  • Open interventions on the thoracic aorta (in collaboration with the Department of Cardiosurgery)
  • Other medical services
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 2014 Habilitation in Vascular Surgery, University of Hamburg. Subject: "Complex endovascular aortic surgery. Patient, anatomy and technique".
  • 2009 Doctoral thesis defence with honours.
  • 2009-2012 Postdoctoral studies (study of fenestrated and branched endograft for the treatment of aortic diseases),
  • Department of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • 2004 Study of Human Medicine at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and in Charite. Admission to medical practice.
  • 1998 Study of Biology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • 2012 - 2013 Research Fellow, board certification in Surgery, Department of General, Abdominal, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, Charite University Hospital Berlin, Campus Mitte.
  • 2011 - 2012 Research Fellow in the Department of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • 2007 - 2011 Research Fellow, Department of General, Abdominal, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, Charite University Hospital Berlin, Campus Mitte.

Experience

  • 2018 - Director of the Department of Vascular Surgery at University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University
  • 2015 Deputy Director of the German Aortic Center Hamburg and Senior Physician in the Department of Vascular Medicine at the University Heart Center Hamburg.
  • 2013 - 2015 Acting Head of the Department with Additional Responsibilities, Department of Vascular Medicine, University Heart Center Hamburg
  • 2005 - 2007 Employee of the Department of Surgery at the Francis Clinic (Academic Clinic of the Charite University Hospital Berlin).

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 2007 Poster Award of the German Society for Vascular Surgery 
  • 2011 Poster Award at the Veith Symposium in New York.
  • 2012 Foreign Scholarship of the Ernst Jeger Society.
  • 2012 Award "Sessions on difficult cases" of the Congress of the European Society for Vascular Surgery in Bologna.
  • 2013 Video Awards Session of the Congress of the European Society for Vascular Surgery in Budapest
  • German Society of Surgery (DGCH).
  • German Society for Vascular Surgery (DGG).
  • American College of Surgeons.
  • European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS).
  • Society for Vascular Surgery.
  • North German Society of Surgeons.
  • Ernst Jeger Society
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