PD MD Heiko B. G. Franz
The team of the Clinic for Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Braunschweig Hospital welcomes you cordially.
These Internet pages are intended to give you the overview on the our clinic‘s possibilities for consultation and treatment. Our goal is to take individual care of you in the time of your illness, at the birth of your child or during possible pregnancy problems providing the safety of a maximum care medical centre.
The Women's clinic on Cellerstraße is one of the largest women clinics in Lower Saxony and is the central point of contact for patients from Braunschweig and the region of Southeast Lower Saxony. Since July 2009 the women's clinic has moved into a new building. Dr. Heiko B. G. Franz is the director of the clinic. Every year around 4000 patients are treated in the clinic, its supra-regionall Perinatal Center and its certified breast center.
The clinic for gynecology and obstetrics cooperates with neonatology and pediatric intensive care, which are on the same level with the delivery room. We also closely cooperate with the children's surgery. We take care of more than 2000 pregnant women each year before, during and after the delivery.
You will be consulted by a competent team of doctors, midwives, nurses, pediatric nurses and psychosocial services in all matters of women's health. We see great importance in close cooperation of the patient with the referring physicians.
In the delivery room you are individually cared for, a birth-bath and alternative procedures are available on request. The maximum level of safety for mother and child is ensured. A modern operating room for emergencies is located directly in the delivery room.
There are three operating rooms for gynecological operations, which are also designed according to the most current developments. An ultrasound department with state-of-the-art equipment allows the best possible diagnostics.
Surely, questions may remain open even after reading these pages. You can ask us any questions when you come to our clinic. The employees of your clinic are at your disposal. We want you to feel comfortable here.
In the narrower sense, gynecology deals with the diseases of non-pregnant women in contrast to their field of obstetrics. Gynecology (also referred to as women's medicine in its broader sense) is one of about 30 branches of human medicine. The specialist training is always done in Germany together with obstetrics.
The tasks of gynecology include the treatment of diseases of the female breast and the corresponding check-ups (preventive medicine, see also mammography).
The most important examination methods of gynecology are ultrasound (see ultrasonography) for the imaging of the internal organs (especially the uterus), as well as palpation (ovaries) and visual inspection by means of speculum for examination of the vagina and cervix, whereby tissue samples and cells from the mucosal surface (smear ) can be taken for examination. For examinations and treatments in the area of the abdomen, the patient is usually stored on a gynecological chair, so that the genitals are easily accessible. Incidentally, microscopy is also mentioned as an important aid: for example, to detect a fungal infection of the vagina (candidiasis).
Gynecology is one of the surgical specialties of medicine. Some classic procedures: hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), tubal ligation (tubal ligation for sterilization), laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy (removal of the ovarian cyst by means of a keyhole operation through the abdominal wall). However, gynecology also includes a wide range of conservative treatments, such as hormone therapy, counseling and treatment of contraception and the treatment of couples with unwanted childlessness.
Prenatal medicine: Primary practices for prenatal medicine in Germany include examinations of the unborn child and pregnant women. For this purpose, a qualification in the ultrasound examination according to the guidelines of the German Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM) of stages II or III is necessary.
Urogynaecology: This part of the department, which deals with urinary and fecal incontinence as well as changes in the position of the genital organs, overlaps with urology and is operated by both gynecologists and urologists. In the field of gynecology, qualifications can be obtained in Germany according to the guidelines of the Association for Urogynaecology and Plastic Pelvic Floor Reconstruction (AGUB) of the German Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics.
Child gynecology: The pediatric gynecology deals with congenital and developmental gynecological disorders in childhood and adolescence. Here are overlaps to pediatrics.
Senology: Senology is the doctrine of the female breast. Diseases of the female breast are treated in Germany in gynecology and surgery, especially plastic surgery. To improve the interdisciplinary cooperation in diagnostics and therapy special breast centers have been established.
Minimally invasive surgery: Special abilities in laparoscopic surgery and hysteroscopy are certified according to the criteria of the gynecological and obstetric endoscopy (AGE) working group of the German Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics (MIC I to III). The spectrum is supplemented in recent times by the ductoscopy, a reflection of the milk ducts.
On behalf of all employees of the women's clinic
With the best wishes and kind regards
Outside lecturer Dr. Heiko B. G. Franz, Chief Physician