Ludwigshafen Hospital's ENT Clinic is one of the largest treatment centres in the country and serves patients from across the region and beyond. At the Clinic, we treat approximately 3,500 inpatients and 12,000 outpatients every year, as well as performing approximately 4,000 surgical procedures. The Clinic has been located in its current building since 2002, a location that promotes smooth and close cooperation with the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic and the Eye Clinic ("Head Clinic" ["Kopfklinik"]). The Unit is equipped to the highest quality standards. The nature and sheer complexity of cases seen in the Neurotology (hearing and balance disorders) and rhinology (diseases of the nose and sinuses) units means that modern technology plays a large part in diagnostic processes. Modern diagnostic techniques used include supraliminal auditory tests, tinnitus analysis, electronystagmography, rotating chair tests, video-oculography and posturography for vertigo diagnosis, detailed smell and taste tests, acoustic rhinometry, active anterior rhinometry, as well as objective olfactometry using olfactory evoked potentials. Our two Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry (BERA) devices, two Oto-Acoustic Emission (OAE) devices, as well as devices to check hearing aids are also being put to regular use.
The diagnosis of ENT tumours is helped by devices such as high intensity rigid or flexible optical systems, as well as modern ultrasound devices. The surgical unit is equipped with new surgical microscopes, a number of different laser systems, an image-guided navigation system for skull base surgery, as well as monitoring equipment for intraoperative facial nerve monitoring.
The Clinic offers all ENT- related surgical procedures currently available. Main areas of interest are in reconstructive middle ear surgery, minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery, skull base surgery for tumours and injuries, as well as surgical treatment for throat and laryngeal cancer. Further areas of interest include orbital surgery for tumours and tumour-like lesions, as well as cochlear implant surgery.
The Clinic has three bright and friendly wards with a total of 58 beds. An additional 8 beds are available in our "Day Case Unit".