Visceral surgery (in Latin ‘viscera’ means ‘internal organs’) deals with the treatment of the digestive tract and the glands. This involves a work-up, operative therapy and after-care of diseases, injuries and abnormalities found in the entire gastrointestinal tract including the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts, pancreas, spleen and thyroid gland.
The focus is on patient-oriented, personalised treatment carried out with the greatest expertise and the highest level of quality. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive experience, particularly in the field of minimally invasive surgery techniques (laparoscopy/endoscopy, also known as keyhole surgery), we can ensure our patients receive the best possible long-term treatment as part of an interdisciplinary treatment process.
Visceral surgery focuses on the following areas:
- Abdominal diseases:
Hiatus hernia and reflux disease (acid reflux), diverticular disease (diverticulitis), inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease). Most operations are performed using minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery (keyhole surgery) or single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS).
- Tumour diseases:
Tumours of the stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, liver, gallbladder and bile ducts, and peritoneum. Each treatment recommendation is made on an individual basis at a tumour conference attended by specialists from the Oncology, Gastroenterology, Radio-oncology and Visceral Surgery Departments and using the latest scientific knowledge (guidelines).
- Surgery due to obesity or diabetes:
Severely overweight patients are treated surgically (gastric bypass) in collaboration with the inpatient doctor, Doctor Alejandro Metzger.
- Adrenal gland disorders:
Both hormone-producing changes and tumours of the adrenal gland are (partially) removed via an open or minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgical procedure.
- Rectal disorders (proctology):
Differentiated treatments are used for haemorrhoidal diseases (surgery using the Parks, Longo or Milligan-Morgan procedures or rubber band ligation etc.) Fistula diseases are treated using biomaterials and sphincter reconstruction. Tumours can be removed using minimally invasive surgical procedures (transanal endoscopic operations (TEO)). Rectal prolapses and voiding disorders can be treated using laparoscopic techniques (resection rectopexy, with or without mesh).