The North Rhine-Westphalia Association of hospitals includes Petrus-Krankenhaus, Krankenhaus St.Josef, St. Anna-Klinik, Diadentis, Radprax Klinikum. The very first clinic of the Association was founded in 1912.
Hospitals can accept 1,800 patients at a time. The largest hospitals have helipads.
Why do patients choose the North Rhine-Westphalia Association?
- The cost of treatment is lower compared with more famous German hospitals.
- The latest medical equipment: the Da Vinci robotic system, linear accelerators of the latest generation, 3 Tesla MRI, 3D printers, 3D tomographs, 3D ultrasound, and other.
- Comfortable environment. Most buildings remind castles in the midst of parks for walks.
- Coordination for International patients. The Association has a single international center with 20 employees. They help to arrange all steps of diagnostics and treatment, so a patient completely focuses on health.
Robotic surgery with Da Vinci system
Surgeons use Da Vinci robotic system to remove tumors through small punctures up to 1-3 cm. The robot has tools which can rotate 360 degrees and operate in places where the surgeon's hand cannot reach.
The key benefits of Da Vinci — minimal traumatizing of the neighboring tissues and fast recovery compared with open surgery. For instance, the robotic prostate gland surgery preserves an erection. Only small, hardly noticeable scars remain after the operation.
Where is Da Vinci robot applied?
- Abdominal and visceral surgery — for the treatment of reflux disease. Over 2,500 operations are performed annually in this department.
- Urology — the treatment of benign and malignant prostate tumors, bladder cancer, ovarian cancer, kidney cancer. The Urology Clinic of the Association is one of the largest in Germany: 4,000 inpatients are treated annually, 5 operating rooms are available.
Oncologists, hematologists, palliative medicine specialists, radiation therapists, and endocrinologists participate in the treatment program development.
Doctors apply international protocols and approaches developed in their clinical research. The Association has a laboratory where molecular genetic diagnosis of tumors is provided.
- early diagnosis
- combined (or multimodal) chemo- and radiation therapy
- treatment with targeted drugs that detect and affect cancer cells not injuring healthy ones
- immunotherapy to activate the patient's immune system and fight against cancer
- surgical removal of new formations.
Orthopedics and traumatology
The Center is certified by the EndoCert from the German Society for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery. In 2019, it was recognized as the TOP orthopedic hospital in Germany according to Focus-Health.
- Arthroscopic diagnosis and treatment. These are procedures through small punctures up to 1-2 cm. Doctors use thin tools, a mini-camera, and a light source to diagnose the disease as accurately as possible or to treat the joint from the inside out.
- Knee, hip, and shoulder joint replacement. During operations, doctors use a computer navigation system to precisely install the artificial joint and prevent it from loosening.
- Foot and ankle surgery — hallux valgus, bone spurs
- Spine treatment
- Orthopedic surgery in sports and dance medicine
- Removal of primary and secondary tumors (metastases) of the musculoskeletal system
- Rehabilitation is provided locally — the rehab center has a gym and pool.
The Gynecology Clinic is certified by the German Cancer Society. The team treats severe cases which are studied by gynecologists, urologists, and oncologists.
- early diagnosis of malignant tumors
- treatment of all types of breast formations
- therapy and surgery for diseases of the genitourinary system as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic prolapse, and incontinence.
International patients stay in comfortable wards with WiFi.
A patient can choose a menu — vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.