Mon, 08/15/2016

Expertise and Latest Technology at the Aorta Centre Berlin

Since 2013, the treatment of the aorta (in addition to the treatment of all other vessels) is one of the main focuses of the Vascular Centre Berlin-Brandenburg at Hubertus Hospital. The Aorta Centre Berlin was set up last year and already plays a major role in interventions on the aorta within the hospital network of Paul Gerhardt Diakonie of which PGD International is a part of as well as in the entire eastern part of Germany, owing to their technical and instrumental skills.

At the Aorta Centre Berlin the entire thoracic and abdominal aorta can be taken care of. The highly complex procedures are performed either by open surgery using prophetic replacement or minimally invasive by implanting a stent graft depending on the indication. This is unprecedented in this scope in Berlin. This is made possible by the combination of technical expertise and the use of modern technology. Since 2014 the surgery team uses a modern hybrid operating room. In addition to the nationally and internationally recognized specialist in aorta, vascular and cardiac surgery Prof. Dr. med. Ernst Weigang, MBA, who has set up the centre and heads it, six more specialists in vascular surgery are active in the centre.

Hubertus hospital has a special expertise for minimally invasive endovascular procedures as well as the corresponding apparatus equipment, with which custom-made stent grafts can be implemented. The stent grafts can be extended by means of little ‘arms’ into the leaving vessels of the aorta.

The Aorta Centre Berlin provides total care from admission to discharge. Each treatment is preceded by a consultation. Patients just have to make an appointment.

The most modern apparatus diagnostic facilities of the house include a new angiography system, a computer tomograph (CT) and a nuclear magnetic resonance scanner (MRI). Each patient is hereafter presented at an interdisciplinary expert conference including angiologists, radiologists and vascular surgeons who check the indications together carefully and define the individual treatment for each patient. A surgical or interventional procedure is performed only when all checks have been run positively.

In addition several highly qualified specialists for anaesthesia are available at the surgery to accompany all operations and monitor the patient during surgery. After surgery, patients in intensive care will be continued to be served by specially trained specialists. In endovascular procedures, the physical therapy and the mobilization of the patient, which - if necessary - is accompanied by a sports therapist, already begins shortly after surgery. The discharge of the patient is thereby possible within two to three days after intensive treatment. For elderly and sick patients, this means that they are mobile again very fast after the intervention and can be released back early in the familiar home environment.

The Department of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy is headed by Chief Physician Prof. Dr. med. Ernst Weigang, MBA