Vascular Surgery Specialist in Berlin
- Diseases of the main artery/aorta (e.g. aortic aneurysm, aortic dissection, aortic rupture, perforated aortic ulcer, etc.)
- Carotid stenosis (narrowing of the carotid artery) as well as all other neck and shoulder-arm vessels
- Circulatory disorders of the legs (peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) / intermittent claudication disorder, diabetic foot syndrome (DFS))
- Varicose veins / venous disorders (e.g. chronic venous insufficiency (congestion syndrome), ulcerated legs, spider veins, venous thrombosis of the legs)
- Dialysis access surgery (safer vascular access (shunt / Hunt dialysis system or catheter) for implementing dialysis, e.g. given chronic kidney disease and kidney failure / kidney insufficiency)
About Prof Dr Ernst Weigang, MBA
Prof. Dr Ernst Weigang is a specialist in vascular surgery and has been Chief Physician at the Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy Clinic of the Evangelischen Krankenhaus Hubertus in Berlin since February 2013. With his team of 3 senior physicians, 2 medical specialists, and 5 junior doctors, he helps numerous patients in his area of expertise each year. As a respected expert, he primarily specializes in the field of endovascular therapy as well as in all major forms of aortic and vascular surgery.
The Evangelische Krankenhaus Hubertus is now part of the Berlin-Brandenburg interdisciplinary vascular centre. The hospital itself has been in operation since 1931. Before that time it was owned by Prince Leopold of Prussia and served as a sanatorium. Today more than 1000 vascular operations are performed annually in this hospital, whereby the Evangelischen Krankenhauses Hubertus' vascular surgery clinic is the leading facility in this field in Berlin and Brandenburg. The complication rate is far below the national average, which is mainly due to the extensive experience of the Chief Physician and his medical team. Through close interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary collaboration between vascular surgeons, angiologists (vascular internal medicine specialists), and radiologists, the best possible therapy combination for the patient can always be found.
Vascular surgery is a medical specialty that deals with the surgical treatment of blood vessels. This involves minimally invasive surgical or endovascular treatment options. Endovascular treatment is a minimally invasive therapy within the blood vessels for vascular diseases. For example narrowed vessels are expanded with balloons, and stents are implanted in the vessel. If endovascular treatment is not possible, all vascular regions can be treated surgically via a minor surgical intervention.
Vascular diseases in need of treatment involve pathological changes to the blood vessels. Usually circulatory disorders come about as a result of hardening in the arteries (atherosclerosis). Thanks to medical progress in the field of vascular surgery there are good treatment options now for these common diseases (e.g., peripheral vascular disease, aortic aneurysm, or carotid stenosis).
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) results in hypoperfusion of the extremities, especially the legs. This disease is caused by a chronic and lingering narrowing of the supplying blood vessels. It is usually at an advanced stage the patients develop complaints such as cramp-like, stabbing pain in the legs when under strain. The walking range of those affected is increasingly reduced due to these pains. In addition to the conservative treatment with guided walking exercise, treatment options for PAD include minimally invasive balloon dilatation with possible stenting, and peripheral bypass surgery.
Reconstruction of the carotid (carotid artery) is the most common intervention at the Evangelischen Krankenhaus Hubertus. It is performed either by minimally invasive surgery or by means of balloon dilation and stenting. Narrowing of the carotid artery can lead to clot formation and as a consequence to reduction of blood flow in the brain, until there is a life-threatening stroke. The incidence of this ailment increases with age. In an advanced disease stage patients may develop, for example, vision problems, speech disorders, paralysis, or paraesthesia.
The Evangelischen Krankenhaus Hubertus has had a hybrid operating room since June of 2014, which is the most modern of its kind in Berlin. This enables minimally invasive vascular surgery combined with possible catheter interventions. Concurrent diagnosis, intervention, and surgery are possible in this particular operating room. Patients who are especially at risk can thereby be more safely and precisely cared for.
As an internationally proven aorta specialist Prof. Weigang has established a new aorta centre within the Berlin-Brandenburg vascular centre at the Evangelischen Krankenhaus Hubertus. All open and endovascular treatment options are carried out in the area of the entire aorta. This includes interventions in the aortic arch and the thoracoabdominal aorta. However, the most frequent interventions in the aorta are performed in the abdominal cavity. Whenever possible, these procedures are performed in a minimally invasive manner, to a degree with custom stent grafts.
|1994 - 1997||Human medicine studies at Freien Universität Berlin and the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn|
|1997||Doctorate, Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn|
|2004||Medical Specialist in Cardiac Surgery|
|2006||Medical Specialist in Vascular Surgery|
|2006||Technical qualification in radiation protection (diagnostic radiology of the thorax and the vascular system)|
|2006||Habilitation (post-doctoral qualification) and teaching authorization for cardiovascular surgery|
|2009||Professor (APL) at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg|
|2009||Certified endovascular specialist in the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Gefäßchirurgie) German Society for Vascular Surgery)|
|2012||Technical qualification in radiation protection (interventions)|
|1994-1995||Intern physician, cardiac surgery, Frankfurt|
|1996-1998||Training assistant for cardiovascular and thoracic and surgery in the cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery clinic of the Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin (DHZB)|
|1998-2004||Scientific researcher at the cardiovascular surgery clinic and director of the interdisciplinary working group "Marfan Syndrome", at the Universitätsklinikum Freiburg|
|2004-2007||Senior physician and deputy head of aortic and endovascular surgery, and director of the outpatient vascular center at the Universitätsklinikum Freiburg cardiovascular surgery clinic|
|2007 - 2013||Managing senior physician at the cardiovascular and thoracic surgery clinic, and section manager of endovascular surgery at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz university medical department|
|Since February 2013||Chief physician for vascular surgery and endovascular therapy at the Berlin-Brandenburg Vascular Center, Evangelisches Krankenhaus Hubertus|
|Since June 2021||Head of the Vascular Centre Berlin-Brandenburg at the Evangelisches Krankenhaus Hubertus|
- Dr Johannes Habicht
Senior Physician in Charge
- Dr Michael Petrich
- Dr Alicja von Freyhold
- Dr Stefanie Fischmann
- Dr Qies Abu Nahleh
- The medical team has fluency in English, Russian, Polish, French, Greek, and Dutch. International patients can be treated without any problems.
- The clinic is easily reached via public transport
- There is accommodation for accompanying persons in an apartment building on hospital grounds
- Multiple services are available during hospitalization (e.g. hairdressing, medical foot care, manicure)
- A cafeteria and restaurant on hospital grounds
- Hospital chaplaincy with weekly worship
- A wide range of food offerings
- Extensive check-ups ("Check-up Program") are available
- Free TV usage, phone usage (in the German landline network), daily newspapers, free Wi-Fi
|Berlin main station||20 km|
|Airport Berlin||34 km|
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Prof Dr Ernst Weigang, MBA
Head of the Vascular Centre Berlin-Brandenburg, Chief Physician of the Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy Clinic
Evangelisches Krankenhaus Hubertus
Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy Clinic, Vascular Centre Berlin-Brandenburg
Spanische Allee 10-14, D-14129 Berlin
T: +49 30 2647 9374
F: +49 30 81008 188
Monday - Friday 07:30 - 15:00