Special Clinical Focus

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Metabolic surgery
  • Anti-reflux therapy
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Bowel cancer surgery
  • Proctology

About us

Senior Consultant Dr Hinrich Koehler completed his examination as a specialist surgeon in 2003 and gained further qualifications as a specialist in abdominal surgery and special abdominal surgery in 2011. Dr Koehler has headed the Surgical Department of the Herzogin Elisabeth Hospital in Braunschweig as its Senior Consultant since 2008 and has headed the Obesity Centre and the Thyroid Centre, also located at the hospital, since 2010.

Dr Koehler is also the Deputy Head of the Bowel Cancer Centre. Dr Koehler has published numerous contributions in the relevant specialist scientific literature and is involved in various national and international specialist associations. The Obesity Centre at the Herzogin Elisabeth Hospital in Braunschweig is the only reference centre in Lower Saxony certified by the General and Abdominal Surgery Association (DGAV) for baryatric surgery.

The certified Thyroid Centre is also the only such centre in the region. These certifications underline the outstanding treatment quality of Dr Koehler and his highly specialised team. Together with all established obesity procedures, their range of services includes so-called follow-up and repair surgery, which have the objective of removing excess skin. Whenever possible, the obesity specialists in Braunschweig perform the procedures minimally invasively and thus very gently for the patient. The classic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and the omega bypass are utilised to help overweight people to achieve a better quality of life. Here, the surgeons form a type of alternative route around the majority of the stomach, without removing this, however. Hence, the quantity of food absorbed by the remaining stomach is drastically reduced. The food, which the stomach can no longer absorb, is channelled straight to the small intestine via the gastric bypass. By this means, the feeling of hunger is reduced markedly and the patient loses a large amount of weight in the first year following the surgery. The gastric bypass is therefore considered to be the gold standard in bariatric surgery. Other common treatments for obesity are the gastric sleeve and the adjustable gastric band. With the gastric sleeve, the obesity specialists remove the majority of the stomach and reduce this to a narrow tube of only 2 – 3 cm in diameter. This procedure is somewhat easier to perform than a gastric bypass, and, for that reason, cannot be reversed. In contrast, the use of a gastric band around the gastric cardia limits the amount of food without reducing the size of the stomach. What method is best suited to the patient varies individually from person to person and depends on, among other things, the severity of the obesity condition, particular anatomical characteristics and the patient’s eating habits. Since bariatric surgery also requires a dietary adjustment in most cases, comprehensive dietary counselling and, in many cases, psychological care of the patients is very important. In any case, you will be given the best advice at the Herzogin Elisabeth Hospital in Braunschweig!

Around 20 to 30% of the population of Germany, i.e. approximately 20 million inhabitants, have an enlarged thyroid gland. 70% of patients with a goitre have no thyroid malfunction; around 15% of patients have an overactive thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ that lies like a shield below the larynx, in front of the trachea. Its task is to produce certain hormones from iodine and other building blocks. In a nutritional iodine deficiency, the thyroid gland enlarges pathologically in order to absorb even the smallest traces of iodine. This is a goitre (enlarged thyroid gland). Depending on the individual findings and the patient’s difficulty, thyroid surgery may be necessary. In the certified Thyroid Centre at the Herzogin Elisabeth Hospital, experienced specialists utilise minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible for these complicated procedures. This so-called key-hole surgery is less stressful for our patients and is associated with less pain.

Diagnostic Services

  • Detailed clinical diagnosis
  • Laboratory diagnostics
  • CT / MRI
  • Detailed internistic diagnosis
  • Ultrasound diagnostics
  • Application of state-of-the-art, high-definition endoscopes for diagnostic clarification

Therapeutic Services

  • Gastric bypass - classic Roux-en-Y
  • Omega bypass
  • Gastric sleeve
  • Adjustable gastric band
  • Minimally invasive thyroid surgery
  • Interdisciplinary tumour conferences (co-ordinated treatment by exchange among all specialists)
  • Minimally invasive abdominal surgery
  • Pain-reducing therapeutic options
  • Nutritional advice
  • Physiotherapy
  • Individual care by our chaplains
  • Collaborating psycho-oncologists
  • Close collaboration with established physicians and other institutions
  • Palliative therapeutic options
  • Contact with self-help groups

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

We speak English, Arabic and Russian. Our optional rooms offer you the following high-quality facilities:
  • Harmonious, health-enhancing colour scheme
  • High-quality, bright maple furniture
  • Adjustable electric beds
  • Refrigerator
  • Lockable security cabinet
  • Accessible floor-level shower in the bathroom
You will also enjoy additional services:
  • Complimentary body-care products (shower gel, shampoo and body lotion)
  • Hand towel and bath towel changed daily on request
  • Bed linen changed every second day on request
  • Dressing gown and hairdryer on loan on request
  • Daily newspaper at no charge
  • Fax and Internet access (WLAN) at no charge
  • TV, including seven Sky channels, at no charge
  • Additional range for breakfast and dinner
  • Menu selection for lunch (three different gourmet dishes)
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Bariatric Surgery

Other services

  • Thyroid nodules
  • Thyroid tumours
  • Hyperfunction of the parathyroid glands (hyperparathyroidism)
  • Tumours of the rectum
  • Diverticulitis
  • Chronic inflammatory intestinal conditions
  • Gastric tumours
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
  • Achalasia
  • Gallstones
  • Gallbladder polyps
  • Ruptured spleen
  • Overweight / obesity

Directions

Airports near

  • Hanover airport43.4 miles (approximately 69.9 km)
  • Bremen airport109 miles (approximately 176 km)

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Braunschweig central railway station1.5 miles (approximately 2.4 km)

Other certificates of the specialist