Prof. Dr. Rembert Koczulla
Numerous studies - including many pioneering ones from our clinic - show that patients with pulmonary and respiratory diseases enormously benefit from pneumological rehabilitation. As a research institution of the University of Marburg, one of the five German Lung Research Centres, we continue to develop the concepts of pneumological rehabilitation.
The professorship at the University of Marburg, which is the only one in Germany devoted to the topic of pneumological rehabilitation, enables us to have a more intensive dialogue with the most innovative lung centres all over the world. We are always looking for new ways that will not only make breathing easier, but also life. Our yardstick is not lung function, but your quality of life.
We specialise in the rehabilitation of pneumological diseases, the full spectrum of which is treated in our clinic. Through our numerous studies and scientific projects, which we carry out as a research institution of the University of Marburg, we continuously develop the therapy concepts.
Whether for the differential diagnosis of untreatable respiratory distress, care of lung transplant candidates before and after surgery or other important issues - we scrutinise the insights that we gain in cooperation with our patients through continuous scientific monitoring.
Our expertise centre specialises in chronic obstructive pulmonary emphysema (COPD), even in advanced stages: With optimised medical treatment, information and training measures, but above all motivating sports and exercise therapies, even severely ill patients significantly increase their well-being. Consistent entry into a continuous long-term oxygen therapy is facilitated by intensive care.
Paradoxic vocal cord movement disorders, known as vocal cord dysfunction (VCD), are often misjudged as asthma-related respiratory distress and treated without success. Through careful diagnostic procedures that are used exclusively in Germany in our clinic, vocal cord disorders can be clearly identified. With special breathing techniques developed in our hospital, ways out of the worrying shortness of breath can be found.
If you are prepared for the lung transplantation at Schen Clinik Berchtesgadener Land, you will not experience your stay as a passive waiting period, but as an active preparation for this life-critical step. In the transplant group you will meet people who have already undergone a lung transplant.
As soon as possible, the post-operative patients will be brought back to everyday physical activities so that they can get the most out of their new lungs. The individually adapted sports and exercise therapy plays an important role. In addition, we procur everything that is important for the future lives of those undergoing transplants.
Patients with diseases of the lung tissue, so-called pulmonary fibrosis, are in many places not really rehabilitated. Our scientific results contradict this still-widespread pessimism. Intensive and well-monitored respiratory and especially sports therapies also show a significant gain in performance and quality of life in these diseases.
As an Alpha-1 centre, our clinic is available to patients with congenital alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. These patients usually suffer from severe impairment of their lung function early on. Since the possibilities of drug treatment are limited, they increasingly require non-drug therapy approaches and in particular a training therapy. We have many years of experience - certainly the most extensive in the world for rehabilitation - and a special know-how in the treatment of this disease.
For the self-help group "Alpha1 Germany" we provide our knowledge as Alpha-1 Centre. There is also our telephone hotline (Alpha-Doc-Line) for medical and psychological questions. We record the results of the training scientifically to find answers to unsolved questions about this rare disease.
In advanced lung diseases, a significant lack of oxygen can develop. Those affected are barely able to do physical activity. Only long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) allows these patients to cope on a daily basis without help. Extensive information and training as well as exchange with other stakeholders in special groups helps patients to overcome their initial resistance to oxygen therapy.
We have many years of experience in the treatment of bronchial asthma. Sophisticated therapy concepts and effective treatment methods are used here. Our pulmonologists also have a specialised know-how for differential diagnoses of severe and refractory asthma.
In patients with sleep-disordered breathing (so-called sleep apnea), the sleep quality is reduced so that no nightly regeneration is possible. In a modern, fully equipped sleep laboratory we can detect - for our pneumological patients with special questions - these nocturnal respiratory disorders. Through a gently initiated ventilation therapy, which is accompanied by intensive training and close-knit care, sleep regains its natural function: The nights are relaxing again.
In patients with chronic weakness of the respiratory muscles, non-invasive ventilation (NIV) provides relief and gives the respiratory pump time to recover. Our respiratory team searches for the individually fitting breathing mask for all patients, provides detailed information on the therapy and optimises it through close monitoring.
In patients with bronchial carcinoma (lung cancer), in addition to care and treatment by doctors, nurses and physiotherapists, a well-guarded atmosphere and possibly psychological support are very helpful in rehabilitation. These patients benefit greatly from respiratory and training therapy and find strength and courage in our company for a new start in everyday life.