Klinik für Gefäßchirurgie

im DIAKOVERE Henriettenstift Hannover

Information for international patients

Welcome to the Vascular Surgical Department as part of the Hannover Vascular Centre of Excellence at the DIAKOVERE Henriettenstift in Hannover.

Our team of experienced physicians is devoted to providing state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for patients with vascular diseases. Therefore in October 2005 the vascular branch of the department of General, Visceral and Vascular Surgery became an independent department with Prof. Dr. Th. Busch as head. Within the Vascular Centre our goal is to offer the best evaluation and treatment strategies – including optimum medical management, conventional surgeries and minimally invasive interventions as well as ready access to services and timely communication with patients and their referring physicians. We believe that our integrated approach fosters innovative thinking, ensuring the best possible care for every patient and advancing the field of vascular care.

At the Vascular Surgical Department we diagnose and treat the full range of noncardiac vascular disorders, those conditions that involve the arteries and veins outside of the heart. Treatments involve proven state-of-the-art therapies, leading edge minimally invasive surgery and, when appropriate, exciting new clinical procedures.

Our Vascular Surgical Team consists of

  • One Vascular, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon  
  • Three Vascular Surgeons  
  • Two General Surgeons  
  • One House Officer 

Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory

A modern non-invasive vascular laboratory is implemented within the Hannover Vascular Centre of Excellence. Studies performed in our vascular laboratory include:

  • Carotid artery ultrasound  
  • Renal artery ultrasound  
  • Aorta and peripheral artery ultrasound  
  • Exercise and treadmill testing of both upper and lower extremities  
  • Venous ultrasound of both the upper and lower extremities  
  • Vein mapping  
  • Lower extremity graft surveillance   

What is the Vascular System

The vascular system is the system of blood vessels, which includes arteries, veins and lymph vessels. The arteries and veins carry blood from the heart to the tissues throughout your body and back again.

Vascular diseases involve occlusion, or narrowing of arteries by plaques, causing reduced blood flow through these vessels to your arms, leg, head and neck or to the abdominal organs, such as the kidneys and the bowel. In addition, ballooning of the arteries, usually of the main artery of the body, the aorta, results in aortic aneurysms. Rupture of these may cause bleeding and even death.

Numerous problems can result from vascular diseases – ranging from leg pain during physical activity (claudication) to deterioration of skin leading to ulcers and gangrene. If a condition is severe, it may require open vascular surgery or endovascular interventions, such as angioplasty or stents.

Aortic aneurysms can be repaired with both stent-grafts and open surgery. Acute leg swelling due to blood clots may need treatment with drugs or interventions. Varicose veins or leg ulcers due to vein problems may need intensive medical treatment, surgery or other interventions.

The Hannover Vascular Centre’s multispecialty staff from vascular medicine, vascular surgery, diagnostic and interventional radiology, together with members of other specialties, strengthen the vascular centre’s effectiveness in treating these disorders

  • Acute Vessel Occlusion (Embolic Disease)  
  • Stroke and Carotid Artery Disease  
  • Abdominal and Thoracic Aortic Disease  
  • Renal Vascular Disease  
  • Mesenteric Vascular Disease  
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease  
  • Compression Syndromes  
  • Venous Disease  
  • Chronic Wound Care in
     - Arterial Disease
     - Venous Disease and
     - Diabetic Complications 
  • Hemodialysis Access and Maintenance  

Important Phone Numbers & Contact Information

To make an appointment or to refer a patient for care at the Hannover Vascular Centre, please call the Vascular Centre Access Coordinator at our Outpatient Department:

  •  0511-289-2448 

A nurse-coordinator is available from 08:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m. to take pertinent information and facilitate access to the most appropriate care. If you wish to contact the head of the individual departments directly you may also call:

  •  0511-289-2599 Secretary to Prof. Busch (Vascular Surgery)  
  •  0511-286-2630 Secretary to Prof. Weiss (Angiology)  
  •  0511-289-2262 Secretary to Prof. Dr. Landwehr (Radiology) 

At any other time you may call our Emergency Department 24h/7d at:

  •  0511-289-2222 or  
  •  0511-289-0 

Our Outpatient Vascular Center facility at the DIAKOVERE Henriettenstift is located at:

  • Marienstrasse 72-90
    30171 Hannover 

Our regular outpatient hours are:

  •  Tuesday 07:30am to 03:00pm  
  •  Wednesday 07:30am to 12:00pm  
  •  Thursday 07:30am to 03:00pm 

Special outpatient appointments for varicose veins are available:

  •  Friday 07:30am to 03:00pm 


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