St. Lukas Group

Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund, Germany



St. Lukas Group of hospitals was formed in 2004 in Dortmund with 4 hospitals merging together to become one group. The group includes Dortmund-West Catholic Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital in Dortmund-Hörde, St. Rochus Hospital in Castrop-Rauyel and St. Lambertus retirement home in Castrop-Rauxel. St. Joseph's Hospital is a member of the Ruhr University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Due to this merge, all the hospitals have access to better equipment and have become a center of excellence for medical treatment in Dortmund, providing high quality medical treatment for both German and international patients.

St. Lukas hospitals have been awarded the KTQ and ProCum certification and the German Cancer Society oversees some of their work. The Group has more than 800 beds, with more than 27,000 German and international patients attending the hospitals for medical treatment each year.

In 2015, St Joseph's Hospital opened its luxury accommodation area, "Lukas Deluxe." The area offers patients a VIP inpatient experience, with bright, spacious, serviced rooms complete with mini-bar and entertainment options including Sky TV, WiFi, and a range of daily newspapers. Patients also have access to the top-floor VIP lounge, with a cafe-bar and roof terrace.


Dortmund Airport is located 10 km from the city center and Dusseldorf Airport is located 60 km away from Dortmund. Patients can also reach Dortmund via train from Dusseldorf.

St. Joseph's Hospital is located in the southeastern district of the city, Horde. In the beginning of the 20th century it was a separate city, and was later incorporated with Dortmund. Phoenix Lake is located within the vicinity of the hospital and Horder Castle, which was built in the 12th century and was re-opened as a museum, is also located nearby. There is a train station outside the hospital that goes directly to the city center.

Dortmund-West Catholic Hospital is located in the northwest of the city and is well connected to the city center. There is a large supermarket and drug store located near the hospital.

St. Rochus Hospital is located outside of Dortmund, in the neighboring town Castrop-Rauxel. It is possible to reach the hospital with public transport or by car. There are many hotels located within the vicinity of the hospital.


ISO 9001:2008

KTQ International Certificate

Languages spoken

Arabic, English, French, Greek, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish


Medical travel insurance
Interpreter services
Airport pickup
Car hire
Hotel booking
Local tourism options
Free Wifi
TV in the room
Special dietary requests accepted
Private rooms for patients available
Family accommodation
Nursery / Nanny services
Visa / Travel office
Dry cleaning


462 procedures across 24 specialties

>Bariatric Surgery

(4 procedures)

Bariatric Surgery Consultation

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Gastric Balloon Treatment

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  • Gastric ballon treatment involves inserting a deflated ballon into the stomach and then inflating it, in order to help lose weight. The balloon serves the purpose of limiting food intake by taking up space in the stomach and thus creating a sense of fullness after eating small amounts of food.

  • 1 - 5 days

    Patients may experience some pain, nausea or discomfort in the first days after insertion, therefore may need to rest before traveling.

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Gastric Plication

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>Colorectal Medicine

(18 procedures)

Anal Abscess Drainage

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Anal Cyst Removal

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Anal Fissure Treatment

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>Diagnostic Imaging

(9 procedures)

Abdominal CT Scan

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Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD)

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CT Scan (Computed Tomography)

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  • A computerized tomography (CT) scan, which may also be referred to as a CAT scan, is scan which uses a series of X-rays to create detailed images of the body. The scan is performed to create images of the inside of the body, including bones, internal organs, and blood vessels.

  • 3 - 7 weeks

    Patients will need to attend a follow up consultation once the results are processed.

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>Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

(28 procedures)


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Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA)

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  • A bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) is a hearing device which is implanted onto the temporal bone of the skull. The device transmits sounds to the inner ear through the bone in the form of a vibration, and this sound can then be processed and interpreted. Sounds are usually transmitted through the external ear and into the inner ear through air and through the bones of the skull. By using the principle of bone conduction, the BAHA enhances bone transmission.

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(4 procedures)

Diabetes Consultation

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Endocrinology Consultation

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Thyroid Adenoma Treatment

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(25 procedures)


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  • A cholecystectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove the gallbladder. The gallbladder is an organ located below the liver, which serves the function of collecting and storing bile, which is the fluid produced by the liver, before breaking it down and releasing it into the small intestine.

  • 1 - 2 weeks

    Some patients will have dissolvable stitches, whereas others return after 7 days to have them removed. Patients who have open surgery will need a longer recovery time.

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  • A colonoscopy is an examination of the large intestine, the colon and rectum, using a small camera.

  • 3 - 4 days

    Patients should arrive at least 2 days before the colonoscopy, as the bowel needs to be cleared the day before the procedure. Patients who have interventional treatment during the colonoscopy, e.g. removal of a polyp, may need slightly longer to recover.

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>General Medicine

(8 procedures)

Abdominal Examination

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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)

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>General Surgery

(23 procedures)


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  • An appendectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the appendix. The appendix is located where the small and large intestine meet and its function is not known. The appendix is usually removed as an emergency procedure when the patient has appendicitis, which is the inflammation of the appendix.

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Breast Abscess Drainage

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Breast Lumpectomy

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Bartholin's Cyst Treatment

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  • This procedure treats a Bartholin's cyst through incision and drainage. A Bartholin's cyst is a small fluid filled sac just inside the vagina. The cyst forms on the Bartholin's gland which is a gland that produces fluid that lubriates the vagina, when the glands become blocked. The cyst ranges in size and generally varies between the size of a pea, to the size of marble. If the Bartholin's cyst becomes infected, it is usually referred to as a Bartholin's abscess and generally requires drainage.

  • 2 - 3 days

    It is usually safe to fly afterwards, but depending on the type of procedure, there may be a follow up visit required - e.g. to remove a drainage catheter.

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Breast Biopsy

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>Infectious Diseases

(4 procedures)

Hepatitis C Treatment

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Hepatitis Consultation

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HIV Consultation

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(11 procedures)

Cerebral Palsy Management

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Dementia Management

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Migraine Treatment

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(59 procedures)

Acute Leukemia Treatment

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  • Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood cells in the body. It usually begins in the bone marrow where an abnormality occurs in the white blood cells. Normal blood cells form, divide, and die to make room for new cells. Leukemia disrupts this process and prevents the blood cells from functioning properly.

  • weeks

    The length of stay abroad will depend on the treatment plan and the patient's response to treatment.

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Adrenal Cancer Treatment

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Anal Cancer Treatment

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(81 procedures)

Achilles Tendon Rupture

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Acromioclavicular Joint Repair

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Ankle Arthroscopy

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>Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

(25 procedures)

Bioptron Lamp Irradiation Treatment

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Burn Injuries Rehabilitation

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Chiropractic Consultation

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>Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

(10 procedures)


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Lung Biopsy

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Lung Fluid Drainage

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>Reproductive Medicine

(27 procedures)

Anti-Sperm Antibodies Test

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Artificial Insemination

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  • Artificial insemination is the direct insertion of sperm into a woman's uterus, cervix, or fallopian tubes with the aim of achieving pregnancy. By directly inserting the sperm, it makes easier for the sperm to travel and fertilize the egg.

  • 5 - 7 days
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Assisted Hatching

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(3 procedures)

Lupus Erythematosus Treatment

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

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  • Rheumatoid arthritis treatment aims to alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis through medication, therapy, or surgery. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disorder that is characterized by pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints in the body. It mainly affects the joints in the hands and feet, but can also occur in other parts of the body. Areas of the body may become deformed as a result of the condition, and this is commonly seen in the hands and feet.

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    The amount of time spent abroad depends on the type of treatment the patient undergoes.

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Rheumatology Consultation

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>Spinal Surgery

(21 procedures)

Artificial Disc Replacement

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Cervical Disc Disease Treatment

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Cervical Spondylosis Treatment

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(40 procedures)

Bladder Stone Removal

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  • Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the foreskin which covers the glans penis (the tip of the penis). The procedure can be done by cutting around the foreskin with a scalpel, under either a local or general anesthetic. In young patients, there is also the option to use a compression ring, which is applied and causes the foreskin to fall off after several weeks.

  • 4 days

    Although patients can usually fly straight away, it may be uncomfortable sitting for a long flight.

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>Vascular Medicine

(10 procedures)

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

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  • Angiography, which may also be referred to as arteriography or angiogram, is a procedure performed to examine the inside of blood vessels, arteries, and veins through the use of images X-ray images.

  • 1 - 2 days
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Kidney Dialysis

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  • Kidney dialysis is a treatment which usually involves using a machine to take over kidney function to filter toxins, waste, and excess fluid from the body. The treatment is required by patients whose kidneys are not functioning properly.

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Nephrology Consultation

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(1 procedure)

Peripheral Nerve Surgery

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(1 procedure)

Eye Cancer Treatment

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(1 procedure)

Bone Marrow Aspiration

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More about available treatments at St. Lukas Group

The most popular areas of treatment within the St Lukas Group are oncology, orthopedics, and visceral surgery.

St Lukas Group use a variety of modern technologies and techniques such as MRI machines, PET-CT machine, CT, digital mammography, ultrasound DEGUM II, and perform radiotherapy and nuclear medicine related treatments.

All 3 of the hospitals provide medical services in internal medicine, general surgery and trauma surgery. St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Rochus Hospital both have reproductive medicine and gynecology departments. St. Joseph's Hospital is specialized in urology and ear, nose, and throat procedures. Dortmund-West Catholic Hospital provides a full range of medical services in the area of orthopedics and rheumatology. St. Rochus Hospital is specialized in vascular surgery and ophthalmology.



St Lukas Group has more than 1,600 medical and supporting staff, with specialists in each field of medicine. The staff members attend regular training in order to stay up to date with modern techniques and technologies. Many of the surgeons are also lecturers or guest attendees at conferences organized by the Ruhr University Bochum.

Languages spoken at the clinic include English, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Greek, French, Spanish, and Italian.

Dr. Christian Teschendorf

  • Specializes in internal medicine, oncology, hematology, and gastroenterology
  • Head of the internal medicine department at St. Joseph's Hospital
  • University lecturer
Gastroenterology General Medicine Oncology

Dr. Josef Stern

  • Specializes in general surgery
  • Head of the general and visceral surgery department at St. Joseph's Hospital
General Surgery

Dr. Thomas Fritz

  • Specializes in traumatology at St. Joseph's Hospital
  • University lecturer

Dr. Christoph Hemcke

  • Specializes in obstetrics and perinatal medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital

Dr. Oliver Moormann

  • Specializes in urology, with particular expertise in oncological urology and open and laparoscopic urological surgeries
  • Head of the urology department at St. Joseph's Hospital

Dr. Ralf Koetter

  • Specializes in internal medicine at Dortmund-West Catholic Hospital
Accident and Emergency Medicine Gastroenterology Internal Medicine

Dr. Thorsten Nitschke

  • Specializes in internal medicine at Dortmund-West Catholic Hospital
Cardiology Intensive Care Medicine Internal Medicine

Dr. Hinrich Bohner

  • Specializes in visceral, vascular, endocrinology and proctology at St. Rochus Hospital
Endocrinology Vascular Medicine

Dr. Klaus Schmidt

  • Specializes in orthopedics and traumatology
  • Head of the orthopedic, traumatology and rheumatology department at St. Rochus Hospital
Orthopedics Rheumatology

Dr. Christian Szymanski

  • Specializes in cardiology at St. Rochus Hospital
Cardiology Gastroenterology

Dr. Michael Glassmeyer

  • Specializes in obstetrics and gynecology
  • Head of the obstetrics and gynecology department at St. Rochus-Hospital Castrop-Rauxel
  • Particluar expertise with gynecological oncology
Gynecology Oncology


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