Prof. Thomas W. Kraus, FACS, MBA is a specialist colorectal surgeon and Senior Consultant at the General, Abdominal and Minimally Invasive Surgery Clinic. The specialist colorectal surgeon is also Head of the interdisciplinary Intestinal Centre.
As Head of the interdisciplinary Intestinal Centre, the specialist in colorectal surgery, Prof. Kraus, works together with a network of various consultants and specialists in bowel cancer.
On the one hand, the team of the specialist colorectal surgeon, Prof. Kraus in Frankfurt, includes specialist surgeons and, on the other, gastroenterologists (internists), as well as oncologists, radiotherapists, radiologists and anaesthetists. The specialist colorectal surgeon also works closely with a large number of internal and external medical and non-medical collaborators, who co-ordinate the patient’s treatment.
For this reason, for the specialist colorectal surgeon, Prof. Kraus in Frankfurt, and his team, the odds of survival for the patients suffering from bowel cancer not only depend on the stage of the tumour itself, but, quite particularly, also on the specialisation of the facility in which they are treated and, above all, on the experience of the surgeon and specialist colorectal surgeon himself.
Together with colorectal surgery, the emphases of the specialist colorectal surgeon, Prof. Kraus in Frankfurt, also include abdominal surgery, vascular surgery and oncological gastrointestinal surgery. As well, the specialist colorectal surgeon includes colorectal surgery, hepatic surgery, biliary tract surgery, pancreatic surgery and hernia surgery among his emphases, as well as minimally invasive surgery. The specialist colorectal surgeon tries to perform all surgical procedures using the minimally invasive (key-hole) technique.
Among the treatment emphases of the specialist colorectal surgeon, Prof. Kraus in Frankfurt are minimally-invasive abdominal surgery (key-hole surgery), colorectal surgery, procedures for chronic inflammatory diseases of the bowel, rectal surgery, surgery for bowel cancer and surgery and haemorrhoids.
Using these surgical procedures, the specialist colorectal surgeon, Prof. Kraus, treats, for example, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, cancer of the colon and rectal cancer, as well as haemorrhoids and diverticulitis at the Intestinal Centre in Frankfurt.
Before Prof. Kraus became Senior Consultant at the General, Abdominal And Minimally Invasive Surgery Clinic at Frankfurt Nordwest, he was the Assistant Senior Consultant at the University Surgical Clinic in Heidelberg. Here, the specialist colorectal surgeon also held a supervisory and management position in oncological surgery for some years, as well as at the Transplantation Centre of the Heidelberg University Hospital. In Heidelberg, the specialist colorectal surgeon also works as a visiting professor at the Rupprecht Karl University.
Prof. Kraus, today a specialist colorectal surgeon, was also given his clinical training at this university centre by Professor Christian Herfarth, who is Professor Emeritus of Surgery at Heidelberg. Prof. Herfarth is considered to be one of the most eminent specialist colorectal surgeons of his time. As a consultant, Prof. Kraus mastered the entire spectrum of colorectal surgery using transanal techniques at the so-called Herfarth School of Surgery, together with sphincter-conserving surgical techniques, complex pouch construction and surgical coloanal anastomosis for inflammatory bowel diseases and FAP. Before his successor, Professor Markus W. Buechler, relieved the specialist colorectal surgeon, Prof. Kraus, in Heidelberg, the specialist colorectal surgeon, Prof. Kraus, was the Senior Consultant there for many years.
The specialist colorectal surgeon at the Frankfurt Nordwest Intestinal Centre, Prof. Thomas Kraus, is an experienced bowel cancer surgeon. He himself has performed over 3000 procedures for benign and malignant diseases of the large and the small intestine. These procedures involved all degrees of difficulty.
This experience in oncological abdominal surgery helps the specialist colorectal surgeon, Prof. Kraus, particularly in difficult liver resections. In the field of liver transplant surgery, vascular surgery, surgery for hepatic metastases and complex multi-organ surgery, the specialist colorectal surgeon is able to utilise both his completed additional training and his long years of experience.