Diagnostics and treatment
Minimally invasive surgery
Even complicated and extensive gynaecological operations can be carried out today with minimal invasion thanks to our innovative medical techniques. Using state-of-the-art techniques and instruments, patients can usually expect less pain and a faster recovery. Even the cosmetic results are much better, since the surgery leaves only very small scars that are hardly visible.
There are many areas where these minimally invasive methods can be used – they are suitable for diagnostic (e.g. laparoscopy) and surgical procedures (e.g. hysterectomy). At the Women's Health Center Cologne, we focus on the use of minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment methods.
Targeted gynaecological diagnostics can be used to detect cancers of the female genital organs, and the early stages of such cancers, at a very early stage. This not only greatly improves the chances of a cure, but can often also prevent it from spreading.
A dysplasia consultation detects even the tiniest abnormal changes that might be the early stages of cancer of the cervix. The video colposcopy allows the cervix to be inspected with a far greater magnification than standard colposcopies permit. Tissue samples are taken from any unusual areas and then analysed in the laboratory for the maximum diagnostic security.
Gynaecological sonography (ultrasound diagnosis)
A gynaecological sonography is used to create an image of the anatomy of the female pelvis and pelvic organs. Physiological and abnormal changes to the organs can be displayed and assessed with absolute precision on our modern, high-end, latest generation ultrasound equipment.
The two, and now also three-, dimensional representation of the size, shape, structure and position of the organs and the colour-coded representation of vascularisation (Doppler sonography with colour Doppler) and measurement of the blood flow patterns (pulsed Doppler) provide us with important information on the delineation of physiological changes in the normal range to abnormal, that is diseased, results.
Genetic diagnostics in women with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer
Between 5 and 10% of all malignant breast or ovarian tumours are due to a genetic predisposition. Mutations in the "breast cancer genes" (BRCA1 and BRCA2) are responsible. If there is a family history, then a woman's individual risk of breast cancer can be established at the Women's Health Center Cologne using a special molecular biological technique. And even though it may not yet be possible to prevent hereditary forms of breast or ovarian cancer: early detection offers the greatest chance of a complete recovery.
For further information please refer to the pages of the CIO ∙ Cancer Center Cologne