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Clinic of gastroenterology, Oncology and General internal medicine




The Department of Gastroenterology at the Solingen Hospital of the University of Cologne is one of the best in Germany and a model of quality German medicine. The department is a practical and experimental site of the Medical University of Cologne and utilises the latest scientific developments in its work. The Gastroenterology Department of the Solingen Clinic has all the tools of classical methods of diagnostics and treatment of various diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, the medical centre uses innovative treatment schemes and high-tech surgeries. For the most effective therapy, doctors use the most modern devices and medicines.

The Medical University of Cologne has opened a specialised centre at the Solingen Hospital - the Centre for Cancer of the Gastrointestinal Tract. Here, leading German gastroenterologists, surgeons and oncologists share their experience and practice medicine.

The hospital's gastroenterology department and the Gastrointestinal Cancer Centre successfully diagnose and treat diseases such as: 

  • rectal fistula;
  • intestinal polyps;
  • Crohn's disease;
  • ulcerative colitis;
  • gastritis;
  • diverticulitis;
  • pancreatitis;
  • hepatitis A, B and C;
  • gallbladder inflammation;
  • stomach cancer;
  • bowel cancer;
  • oesophageal cancer;
  • cancer of the large and small intestine;
  • pancreatic cancer and other diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

At the University Hospital Solingen, a second opinion on gastroenterological diseases can be obtained promptly, as our doctors have extensive experience and history in their precise diagnosis and treatment.

More than 3,000 patients with complex cases of gastrointestinal diseases are treated annually at the Department of Neurosurgery at the Solingen Clinic.

The successful treatment of many serious diseases in the Department of Gastroenterology and the establishment of a specialised regional research and practice centre at Solingen Hospital was made possible by its head, Professor Boris Pfaffenbach, MD. The professor is a lecturer at the highest medical school in Germany and a specialist in internal medicine and gastroenterology. Boris Pfaffenbach and his team of doctors perform more than 1000 interventions per year and have saved the lives of many patients with complex cases.

The Department of Gastroenterology and the Cancer Centre for Gastrointestinal Diseases at the University of Cologne are technically equipped with the latest and most advanced equipment and offer the latest diagnostic methods (see "range of services of the Department of Gastroenterology") and treatments:

  • endoscopic excision of the submucosal layer (ESD);
  • endoscopic solid wall resection (FTRD-system);
  • endoscopic methods of stopping bleeding;
  • endoscopic variceal therapy (treatment of varices in the oesophagus and stomach);
  • loop biopsy (taking deep layers of stomach tissue using a loop);
  • polypectomy, endoscopic removal of polyps or tumours using a loop and high-frequency current;
  • implantation of plastic prostheses: self-expanding prosthesis with a wire frame into the oesophagus, as well as into the bile ducts and pancreatic ducts.

Diagnostic endoscopy:

  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (mapping of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum)
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCPG; X-ray of the bile ducts and the duct of the pancreas by endoscopic contrast)
  • Cholangioscopy (mapping of the biliary tract with a small endoscope)
  • Proctoscopy (view of the rectum)
  • Ileocolonoscopy (showing the large intestine and lower small intestine intact)
  • Chromoendoscopy (endoscopic examination of the mucosa, stomach or intestines using a special staining method)
  • Endosonography of the oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, pancreas, mediastinum and rectum (ultrasound of the wall of the digestive tract and internal organs using ultrasound probes mounted on an endoscope).
  • Mini-probe endosonography of the upper parts of the gastrointestinal tract and bile ducts (ultrasound by insertion of small ultrasound probes).
  • Endosonographically guided puncture (removal of tissue from internal organs by puncture under sonographic guidance).
  • Mengini percutaneous liver puncture (taking a tissue sample from the liver with a special needle).
  • Mini-laparoscopy (display of the abdominal cavity)
  • Small bowel capsule endoscopy (swallowing capsule with direct endoscopy from the small intestine) and spiral enteroscopy (small bowel mapping)
  • Double balloon endoscopy (small bowel mapping)

Therapeutic endoscopy:

  • Endoscopic method of stopping bleeding (adrenaline injection, fibrin patch, haemoclip-application, argon plasma coagulation, sclerosing, histoacrylic glue, ligation of oesophageal varices)
  • Endoscopic varicose vein therapy (treatment of varicose veins in the oesophagus and stomach)
  • Hinge biopsy (taking deep layers of stomach tissue with a loop)
  • Polypectomy and endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR, endoscopic removal of polyps or tumours using a loop and high-frequency current)
  • Bouching and balloon dilatation (stretching treatment) of narrowings in the oesophagus, bile and pancreatic ducts, and rectum
  • Implantation of plastic prostheses: self-expanding prosthesis with wire frame into the oesophagus, bile ducts and pancreatic ducts.
  • Cystogastrostomy (endoscopically directed drainage of pancreatic cysts in the stomach)
  • Electrohydraulic lithotripsy of bile duct stones (crushing of bile duct stones)
  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy of gallstones and pancreatic duct stones (crushing of gallstones or pancreatic duct stones using mechanical shock waves).
  • PCI and PCI (percutaneous cholangiography and drainage)
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrotomy (PEG) and eunostomy (PEE) (placement of food probes in the stomach and small intestine).
  • Proctology therapy (obliteration for haemorrhoids, ligature for haemorrhoids)

Diagnostic sonography:

  • Transabdominal sonography (ultrasound of abdominal and digestive organs)
  • Thyroid sonography
  • Doppler and colour duplex sonography (abdominal/peritoneal vessels /peripheral arteries and veins)
  • Sonographically guided fine needle puncture (ultrasound guided puncture of tissue from tumours and pathologically altered organs)
  • Contrast-enhanced sonography

Therapeutic sonography:

  • Sonographic directed drainage of pancreatic effusions, abscesses and cysts
  • Percutaneous sonographic gastrotomy (placement of a food probe over the abdominal wall in the stomach under ultrasound guidance)
  • Percutaneous ethanol instillation (sonographically directed alcohol injection therapy for liver carcinoma).

Additional gastroenterological functional diagnostics:

  • 24-hour long-term pH-metry (acidity measurement);
  • H2 breath test (lactose, lactulose, glucose, fructose);
  • oesophageal, gastric, sphincter of Oddi, rectal manometry;
  • barostat;
  • impedanceometry;
  • nutritional counselling

Contact us

For the treatment of patients from other countries, the University Hospital Solingen has an international department, whose staff helps non-German speaking patients and their relatives to receive medical care. The clinic staff organise consultations and treatment at the Gastroenterology Department and the Gastrointestinal Centre, including appointments with Professor Boris Pfaffenbach.


Gotenstraße 1, 42653 Solingen 
+49 212 547 69 13  l  +49 177 540 42 70  l  +49 173 203 40 66
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