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Prof. Dr Serena Preyer

Clinic Director

Specialist in Ear, Nose, and Throat Medicine

+49 721 9861 3111

Prof. Dr Serena Preyer: Otorhinolaryngology, Head, Throat, and Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist

Treatment focus

  • Diseases of the nose (septoplasty, turbinate hyperplasia, paranasal sinus surgery)
  • Conditions of the throat (laryngeal cancer, pharyngeal tonsil, cancer of the tonsils)
  • Disorders of the ear (middle ear inflammation, microsurgery of the ear, middle ear effusion, hearing improvement, otosclerosis)
  • Maladies with the salivary glands (marsupialisation, parotid gland surgery, submandibular surgery, stone removal)
  • Plastic surgery (correction of auricular malformations, ear flap surgery, rhinoplasty, aesthetic reconstructive surgery after tumour surgery or facial injuries, facial nerve reconstruction, scar correction)
  • Tumour operations (tumour removal in the mouth or pharyngeal cavity, lymph node removal on the neck, thyroid surgery)


ViDia Clinics, situated at St Vincentius Clinics
Otorhinolaryngology, head and throat surgery and facial plastic surgery
Steinhäuserstraße 18, D-76135 Karlsruhe

P: +49 721 9861 3111 F: +49 721 8108 2217

Consultation Hours:

Daily, by appointment

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services


  • Endoscopy of the upper air and food tracts
  • Examination of the organs of hearing and balance
  • Diagnosis of hearing and speech development in infants and children
  • Salivary gland diagnostics
  • Voice, speech and swallowing diagnostics
  • Diagnosis of the function of the Eustachian tubes


Range of Therapeutic Services


  • Outer ear surgery in case of malformations or tumours
  • Operations on the external auditory canal (e.g., exostoses)
  • Middle ear surgery in case of inflammation and tumours
  • Ear surgery after accidents and in case of ear malformations, cholesteatoma, otosclerosis, tympanosclerosis or inflammation
  • Inner ear surgery
  • Administration of drugs into the middle ear and saccus endolymphaticus surgery in case of Ménière's disease
  • Implantation of active middle ear implants


  • Nasal surgery in case of tumours, malformations or accidents
  • Surgery of the inside of the nose and paranasal sinuses (nasal cannula surgery, plastic surgical correction of the nasal septum, nasal polyps, sinusitis, tumours)

Head and Throat Surgery

  • Benign and malignant tumours of the larynx, pharynx or pharynx
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Voice-improving surgery, e.g., for vocal cord paralysis
  • Polyp surgery for children and tonsil surgery
  • "Snoring" surgery
  • Treatment of tumours and inflammation of the salivary glands
  • Removal of salivary stones

Facial Plastic Surgery

  • Scar correction
  • Otoplasty
  • Nose correction
  • Restoration in the case of facial nerve palsy
  • Removal of skin tumours on the face

More informations


Prof. Dr Serena Preyer is a specialist in otorhinolaryngology. She is Clinic Director of the departments for Otolaryngology, Head and Throat Surgery as well as Plastic Facial Surgery at the St Vincentius Clinics and the Diakonissen Hospital in Karlsruhe.

Prof. Preyer and her team offer the most modern diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for the entire spectrum of otorhinolaryngology, head, and throat surgery.

Otorhinolaryngology Clinic in Karlsruhe: Modern Surgical Centre For Patients Young and Old

The Otorhinolaryngology Clinic in Karlsruhe holds 75 beds. If surgery is required, there are five operating theatres available containing surgical microscopes, special lasers for stapal and tumour surgery as well as modern image monitoring and neuromonitoring units. Furthermore, patients have the option available of having minor interventions implemented without hospitalization at the Centre for Outpatient Surgery. In addition to the typical otorhinolaryngology consultation, Prof. Preyer’s team offers a comprehensive tumour follow-up, an ear examination along with an outpatient swallowing consultation.

The diagnostics department along with two examination units is equipped with the following highlights among other features: a video laryngostroboscopy unit for examination of vocal cords and larynx structures, a functional video panendoscopy unit (gentle procedure for diagnosing dysphagia and reflux) as well as measuring equipment for tube function testing. The latter may be required due to discomfort during flying or diving activities. Prof. Preyer and her team of the Otorhinolaryngology Clinic maintain a close cooperation with physicians of other disciplines such as Ophthalmology, Anaesthesia, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Radiation, and Haemato-oncology in order to determine best possible therapies for their patients.

Prof. Preyer’s Treatment Focus

The Otorhinolaryngology department headed by Prof. Preyer covers the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries, malformations, and tumours in ears, nose, oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx. In addition, she treats dysfunctions with smell, taste, and swallowing or deafness and voice disorders.

Ear Surgery (Otology)

In many cases, the cause of recurrent or chronic middle ear infections is a hole in the eardrum. To prevent bacteria from entering the ear, this hole is surgically closed.

Many hearing impairments are treated surgically by Prof. Preyer and her team such as the outer ear by means of a skin graft for treating adhesions and scarring in the ear canal. In case of middle ear deafness, ossicles, hammers, anvils, and stirrups can be surgically corrected or replaced with active or passive implants. In difficult cases, it is also possible to bypass the middle ear and transmit the sound directly to the ear bones and the inner ear with the aid of a bone-anchored hearing aid.

Patients with otosclerosis, a metabolically induced stiffening of the stirrup, an implant can be applied. In case of hearing loss and disease of the inner ear, partially or fully implanted hearing aids can maintain the ability to hear and speak. With advanced inner ear hearing loss, when conventional hearing aids fail to achieve an improvement, electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve by means of a cochlear implant can restore normal hearing and speech behaviours.

Ear Centre Karlsruhe:

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Problems with the Eustachian tubes can cause severe pain when travelling by plane, diving or experiencing altitude variations in the mountains. This discomfort is due to a faulty aeration preventing pressure equalisation. In addition to the classic therapy of tube drainage, the modern procedure of tube balloon dilatation has been available for several years at the Ophthalmology Clinic in Karlsruhe. Under general anaesthetic, a balloon is introduced into the narrowed tube from the nasopharynx and pumped up to dilate the constricted areas. Patients are able to carry out necessary pressure equalisation themselves as soon as 48 hours after the procedure.

Nose Surgery (Rhinology)

Almost half of the German population suffers from a congenital distortion of the nasal septum, the part of the nose dividing the nasal cavity into two halves. Such deformities of the nasal septum may interfere with nasal breathing during a person’s entire life. Far more unpleasant consequences are constant tiredness, recurring infections of the paranasal sinuses, headaches, earaches, and inflammation. Congenital or accidental bends of the nasal septum can be straightened at the Otorhinolaryngology Clinic in Karlsruhe by means of a surgical procedure (septoplasty). After the operation, patients wear silicone splints for a period of five to ten days to support the repositioned nasal septum. The splints are then removed during an outpatient follow-up visit.

In case of turbinate hyperplasia, the nasal turbinates (cavernous bodies reaching into the nasal cavity) are pathologically enlarged. In many cases, it is possible to shorten these by means of a so-called argon plasma surgery, an electrosurgical procedure on an outpatient basis under local anaesthetic.

Tumour Surgery

Prof. Preyer and her team perform all tumour operations in throat, nose, and ears. This includes the removal of lymph nodes, benign and malignant thyroid tumours as well as laser-surgical tumour procedures in mouth or throat. Defects caused by tumour removals can be treated with flap plastic surgery.

Laryngeal cancer (laryngeal carcinoma) is one of the most common malignant tumours in the throat region. Typical symptoms include persistent hoarseness or constant husky voice. If problems persist for a long time, it is important to consult an otorhinolaryngology specialist, because even in early stages, laryngeal cancer can easily be detected by visual inspection. Only at a later stages, difficulties swallowing, shortness of breath or the sensation of having a foreign body stuck in the throat appear.

Depending on the size and location of the carcinoma, surgery or radiotherapy is possible. Smaller tumours of the vocal cord can be removed using a laser. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove larger parts of the larynx. Only with very large tumours of the larynx, a laryngectomy is necessary (the removal of the entire larynx). During surgery, a permanent opening is constructed inside the trachea (tracheostoma) by the specialist and a small valve (called a voice prosthesis) placed between trachea and oesophagus. This later helps when learning to speak with a replacement voice. The mucosal folds in the throat now produce the vocal sound instead of the removed vocal cords. If necessary, the doctor must also remove affected lymph nodes with a laryngectomy.

Facial Plastic Surgery

Prof. Preyer and her otorhinolaryngology team are also specialised in aesthetic-reconstructive surgery following tumour operations or facial injuries. In cases of paralysis or scar correction, various surgical procedures are available to help patients regain their quality of life. Cosmetic and functional corrections of the external part of the nose are also offered as well as surgical remedies for protruding ears or congenital auricle malformations. These can often be performed without hospitalisation in the Centre for Outpatient Surgery.

Centre for Phoniatrics and Paedaudiology

Paedaudiology deals with acoustic perception and hearing disorders in childhood especially. Phoniatrics on the other hand, includes disorders of the voice and speech system as well as swallowing problems. Good hearing is the prerequisite for a child to be able to learn speech. Therefore, if there is a suspicion of hearing loss or delayed speech development, it is important to clarify exactly where the causes lie.

The Department of Paedaudiology at the Otorhinolaryngology Clinic in Karlsruhe specialises in the needs and therapy of young patients and offers a wide range of tailor-made treatment options. Alternatives are adapted at particular development stages of affected children. The Otorhinolaryngology department headed by Prof. Preyer is also a well-chosen contact point for adults with voice and swallowing problems. Issues are sensitively investigated and treated there.

Further information can be found at Prof. Dr Serena Preyer’s website.


Curriculum Vitae

1978 - 1984Medical School, University of Hamburg, Germany
1983Visiting Clerkship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minnesota, USA
1984Certificate of General Medicine
1985Doctoral Thesis University of Hamburg, Germany, on Lipid Metabolism
1984 - 1985Postgraduate Research Fellowship, MRC Lipoprotein Team at Hammersmith Hospital, London, England
1985 - 1990Resident, Dept. of Otolaryngology, University of Cologne, Germany
1986Visiting Senior Scientist at Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
1989Specialist in Otorhinolaryngology, Germany
1990Assisting Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology, University of Tübingen, Germany
1992Senior Resident, Dept. of Otolaryngology, University of Tübingen, Germany
1992Subspecialisation in Allergology
1996Subspecialisation in Plastic Surgery
1996Visiting Senior Scientist, National Institute for Deafness and Communication Disorders, Washington D.C., USA
1997Ph.D. in Otolaryngology on Transduction and Pathological Transduction in the Inner Ear
2001Certificate of Advanced ENT-Surgery
1999 - 2008Deputy Head of Dept. of Otolaryngology, University of Tübingen, Germany
since 2000CEO of the German Academy of Otorhinolaryngology
2004Certificate of Hospital Management for Clinical Directors of themibeg-Institute for Medicine;
since 2006Professor for Otolaryngology University of Tübingen
since 2008Head of Dept. of Otolaryngology, Diakonissenkrankenhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany
6/2016Foundation of Otologic Center Karlsruhe (OS.Ka)
since 7/2016Head of Dept. of Otolaryngology , ViDia-Kliniken Karlsruhe, Germany




Team at the ViDia Clinics, Positioned at the St Vincentius Clinics

  • Dr Frank Anders
    Head Senior Physician
    Authorisation for the Otorhinolaryngology Outpatient Department
  • Dr Maja Schröder
    Senior Physician
    Authorisation for Outpatient Surgery
  • Dr Miriam Graf
    Senior Physician


Team Located at the Deaconess Hospital

  • Dr Michael Frank
    Senior Physician
    Authorisation for Outpatient Surgery
  • Dr Julia Krauß
    Senior Physician
    Authorisation for Tumour Aftercare
  • Konstantinos Sagris
    Senior Physician
  • Dr Tillmann Schröder
    Senior Physician
    Acting Head of Clinic, Officer for Further Training
  • Dr Annette Baumgart
    Senior Physician in charge of a unit
    Head of Paedaudiology and Phoniatrics

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Deaconess Hospital
Clinic for Otolaryngology, Head and Throat Surgery

Diakonissenstraße 28, D-76199 Karlsruhe

T: +49 721 889 2241
F: +49 721 889 3907


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Karlsruhe Central Railway Station1,5 km
Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden Airport40 km
Stuttgart Airport82 km
Strasbourg Airport, France96 km
Frankfurt Airport131 km

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Prof. Dr Serena Preyer

Clinic Director

ViDia Clinics, situated at St Vincentius Clinics

Otorhinolaryngology, head and throat surgery and facial plastic surgery

Steinhäuserstraße 18, D-76135 Karlsruhe

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