Today intestinal diseases are just as much part of everyday pathologies as headaches or back pain. We always know at least one person among our circle of acquaintances who suffers from gastrointestinal problems. In the media, too, we have only just learned recentlyof the bowel disease of the CDU General Secretary Tauber who also states it as his reason for withdrawing from politics.
Serious bowel diseases are also a topic for Prof. Jörg Albert. Having said that, the physician at the Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus Stuttgart is concerned professionally with diseases in the
gastrointestinal tract. The specialist in internal medicine and gastroenterology is also a
medical expert for hepatology and endocrinology and has particularly specialised in the
treatment of chronic-inflammatory bowel diseases, in liver diseases, metabolic abnormalities and interventional procedures and endoscopy. Through his numerous research stays in France, Belgium and Africa (the Ivory Coast) he covers a broad spectrum – for example in the field of infectiology and tropical medicine, which through increasing globalisation also play an ever larger role in this country. The Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus (RBK) is one of the few centres in Germany to have an isolation ward for highly contagious patients: this is where people are treated who have contracted
something through travel and stays in tropical countries or are only suspected of being infected.
Diseases in the gastrointestinal tract
Prof. Dr Albert chiefly treats the especially complex cases. One of his special areas is the treatment of bile duct diseases, for which he has advanced science and research that he is now putting into successful practice. He relies here on an advance in endoscopy of the bile
ducts. „Cholangiology is now available as a new method for diagnosing and treating biliary tract diseases much more precisely“ explains the expert. Prof. Albert is referring to the distinctly improved visualisation of bile ducts by using a cholangioscope. „This technology also permits procedures with direct endoscopic visualisation“.
A cholangioscope in comparison to previous technology is only five millimetres thick and is very flexible to use. „As progress has been made, imaging quality has improved substantially which has also significantly reduced the rate of complication along with examination times“ stresses the Leading Medicine Guide specialist. The Robert-Bosch Krankenhaus is therefore he only clinic in Baden-Württemberg which, led by gastroenterologist Prof. Albert, is already
working with the novel video-endoscopic version.
Bowel cancer screening
Thanks to modern technology physicians such as Prof. Albert have different options for
treating intestinal polyps. „We always used to have to perform surgery if we discovered polyps in the bowel, something which was very complex and not without complication. Now due to endoscopy we can get at polyps better. We can take tissue samples, diagnose them recisely and in the worst case (malignant tumour) remove them with greater ease“. Prof. Albert proceeds to explain that patients only spend two days on the ward for monitoring.
Prof. Albert stresses the importance of the role the early recognition of bowel cancer thus plays. „Using minimal incisions by means of minimally invasive techniques, modern endoscopy, laparoscopy and various radiologically controlled methods, my team and I are
able to achieve an optimum balance between benefit and patient risk.” explains the medical expert.