Clinic for Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine

‘We treat people, not mechanical defects. We take the decision for or against surgery to correct vascular disease, one of the most common health problems, with respect and care.’
(Chief Physician Dr. med. Martin Hartmann)

Vascular medicine deals with all diseases involving the system that transports blood throughout the body. The main tasks are to identify and treat diseases, malformations, and malfunctions of the arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels.

Vascular diseases and their treatment are very important, as these rank among the health problems encountered most commonly in people; these diseases are growing increasingly widespread as the population ages. Many of these diseases can also have dramatic consequences for those affected.

This can result in dangerous circulatory disorders due to narrowing of the arteries and even blockage of a blood vessel. In this connection, drastically increasing numbers of diabetic diseases also lead to more cases of what is known as ‘vascular calcification’ (arteriosclerosis). The consequences are devastating, because blockage of an artery means that the part of the body it supplies will lack the vital oxygen. If this danger is not detected in time, the oxygen-starved cells will die.

There is also a great danger due to aneurysms: the dilation of the arterial wall; a sudden burst of aneurysms can also lead to internal bleeding. If a blood clot clogs or even occludes a blood vessel, this is known as a thrombosis. This can affect venous and arterial blood vessels alike.

Venous diseases are one of the most common illnesses of our time. These diseases are usually caused by congenital weakness of the connective tissue. IAs a result of this weakness, the flaps on the valves in the venous system that ensure that spent blood is directed towards the heart do not function properly. Loss of this valve function leads to a pathological reflux of blood, with serious consequences that can range from changes in the skin and inflammations to oedema and even ‘ulcerated leg’.

Both the diagnosis and the surgical and conventional treatment of vascular diseases call for interdisciplinary teamwork. This is why the Clinic for Vascular Surgery works closely with other clinics. This is particularly true for the Departments of General and Abdominal Surgery, Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Radiology.

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The spectrum of the Clinic for Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine at the Municipal Hospital of Pirmasens includes drug-based therapy, catheter therapy to open of clogged arteries as well as surgical intervention to restore the flow of blood. In addition to the vessels of the legs, the Clinic for Vascular Surgery also treats the vessels of the arms and abdomen (aorta, renal arteries) as well as the cerebral arteries (carotid artery) that supply blood to the brain.

The work of the specialists and the nursing staff is closely interrelated and coordinated with the Departments of General and Abdominal Surgery, Internal Medicine and Cardiology and with the Clinic of Radiology. There are external cooperation arrangements that include diabetes consultants as well as specialists and general practitioners in the region, with all stakeholders working to ensure the most comprehensive care of our patients.

  • Elimination of peripheral arterial circulatory disorders (intermittent claudication)
  • Surgery to enlarge constricted segments of the carotid arteries
  • Operations in response to dilation of the arteries (aneurysms)
  • Open and endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms
  • Elimination of acute vascular occlusions
  • Surgical treatment of compression syndromes of the vessels and nerves
  • Surgery in response to arterial circulatory disorders of the abdominal organs
  • Surgery of the renal arteries
  • Combined vascular and endovascular surgery (operation and dilatation/stenting)
  • Insertion of dialysis shunts
  • Treatment of chronic wounds associated with circulatory disorders of the arteries
  • Treatment of chronic wounds in diabetes mellitus
  • Treatment of chronic wounds associated with venous diseases
  • Outpatient and inpatient surgery of varicose veins
  • Modern, endoluminal therapeutic methods for the treatment of varicose veins
  • Obliteration/foam sclerotherapy of varicose veins

The diseases that affect the human system of blood vessels include, for instance:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (pathological dilation of the abdominal aorta)
  • Circulatory disorder/vascular calcification on the legs and of the carotid artery (arteriosclerosis)
  • Varicose veins (failure of the valve function of the flaps in the venous system)
  • Thrombosis (blood clot in a blood vessel)
  • Pulmonary embolism (occlusion of one or more blood vessels leading from the heart to the lungs)
  • Diabetic foot (interdisciplinary problem)

Chief Physician Dr. med. Martin Hartmann
Specialist for Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Phlebology,
Specialist for Abdominal Surgery and Proctology,
Endovascular Surgeon

Authorisations to provide advanced training

  • B 7. Chirurgie - Basis-WB (WBO 2006) 6 Mon. im Gebiet, nicht anrechenbar für FA-Komp. Allgemeinchir., ohne Intensivmedizin
  • B 7.2 Gefäßchirurgie (WBO 2006) 24 Monate, ohne Intensivmedizin
  • C 33. Phlebologie (WBO 2006) 18 Monate
  • B 7.2 Gefäßchirurgie (WBO 2022) 30 Monate, ohne Notfallaufnahme, ohne Intensivmedizin

Carlos Garcia PardoManaging Senior Physician Carlos Garcia Pardo
Specialist for Surgery and Vascular Surgery



  Senior Physician Dr. med. Olaf Dittrich

  Specialist for Internal Medicine and Angiology

The Clinic for Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine offers the following opportunities in advanced training of physicians and medical specialists:

  • Structured advanced training
  • Authorisations to provide advanced training:
    • 6 months Basic Surgery
    • 30 months Vascular Surgery
    • 18 months Phlebology
  • Paid in-service and advanced training
  • Work model compliant with the German Working Hours Act [Arbeitszeitgesetz] and house pool
  • Broad-based operation training and interdisciplinary interaction within the framework of advanced surgical training and multi-surgical-clinic services

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Chief Physician:
Dr. med. Martin Hartmann



Managing Senior
Carlos Garcia Pardo


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Pia PflegerSecretariat:
Pia Pfleger


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