About us

Our mission statement

We are a highly specialized surgical clinic where the patients and their wishes, fears and symptoms are the central focus.
We strive to receive and care for all patients in a friendly manner and in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Our team cooperates closely to ensure that all patients receive the best possible treatment.

The basis for this is continuous dedication to structural quality, that is, first and foremost the qualitatively excellent further training of our physicians and employees, coupled with awareness and openness towards all new advancements in the field of medicine. Our practice aims to provide modern and state-of-the-art facilities, devices, diagnostic equipment, operative therapy, patient care, and patient organization. All of our medical care is based on the relevant national and international guidelines of the specialist associations and the newest discoveries in the field of evidence-based medicine.

We offer all our patients quality medical care of the highest international standards.

We regularly visit events for further specialist training to ensure that we can offer the most modern medical treatment.

We apply a rigorous quality management system to enable us to constantly evaluate and improve our services.

Our team

Dr. Bernd Stechemesser

Practice Manager

Dr. Alexander Digon-Söntgerath

Chief Physician

Jennifer Pordzik

PMA (Professional Medical Assistant)

Sylwia Schmigelski

PMA (Professional Medical Assistant)

Vanessa Stetten

PMA (Professional Medical Assistant)

Andrea Ling

OR Nurse

Lisa Terfurth


Ebru Kücükkaya


Franka Döhring


Our practice

Our practice is located on the 4th floor of the PAN Clinic. The Pan Clinic is part of the Neumarkt Galerie where you can find a wide range of stores. We treat both statutory insured and private patients. We also have individual agreements with numerous other health insurance providers which allow those insured to undergo treatment as an inpatient at our clinic. This service is available to all private patients. The Hernia Center Cologne was found in 2009 by Dr. Michael Schweins. In 2012, the practice was taken over by Dr. Bernd Stechemesser and expanded into a specialist surgical center for hernia and minimally invasive surgery. We are one of the largest hernia centers in Germany with over 1,200 hernia operations carried out annually.

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