The Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Diabetology, headed by Dr. Frank Dederichs, offers the complete range of services to diagnose and treat illnesses of the gastrointestinal tract, gall ducts, pancreas, liver and esophagus.
An essential focal point is treatment of patients with chronically inflammatory intestine diseases such as M. Crohn and ulcerative colitis.
One of the fields of special expertise is gall duct diagnostics. The specialists use the particularly exact method of cholangioscopy to inspect the gall duct via camera. Furthermore the department is one of the few regional centers that offer a special hepatitis consultation hour, and treats patients with hepatitis B, C and D.
Another matter the 20 doctors focus on is treatment of the reflux disease. Around 30 per cent of all patients suffering from heartburn have continuing troubles in spite of a medicinal therapy. The so called BRAVO capsule, a probe to measure the pH parameter or acid level in the esophagus, is placed there and sends its wireless data right to a computer, which makes an uncomfortable catheter examination redundant.
Once a reflux disease gas been diagnosed, the team around Dr. Dederichs will work out the optimal treatment in cooperation with surgeons. Medical progress again has its benefits for the patients: Recent procedures such as winding a magnetic tape around the esophagus, or insertion of a pacemaker into the lower esophagus may then be applied.
Besides having access to state-of-the-art appliances and procedures, the clinic excels in an individual treatment of every single patient. The individual is not just seen as patient suffering from a certain disease, but holistically as a human being. Applying this sense of proportion as well smooth collaboration with other specialist departments and the use of most modern medical technique, numerous patients can be treated successfully year after year.
"Not everything that is possible is necessarily good for the patient. Surrounded by ultra-modern appliances, we may not lose sight of the human being."
Dr. Frank Dederichs, Director of the Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Diabetology at the “Katholische Kliniken Essen”