Special Clinical Focus

  • Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Center
  • Hernia surgery
  • Minimal invasive surgery

About us

The Muri Hospital is the regional health center for the populace of Freiamt and the neighboring regions and treats over 47,500 patients annually. 39,813 out-patient and 7,706 in-patient treatments were performed in 2017. The hospital has four operating rooms, 135 beds in the in-patient area and six intensive care beds. The hospital’s wide high-quality range of services is provided by 762 employees.

The Muri Hospital stands for comprehensive health care with a markedly high degree of medical competence and an advanced infrastructure. The Department of Surgery treats all patients with disorders of the abdominal cavity who require surgery. The areas of focus of the Department of Surgery are bariatric surgery, colon surgery and hernia surgery. Dr. Gerfried Teufelberger, Chief Physician of the Department of Surgery, and Dr. Markus von der Groeben, Principal Physician of the Department of surgery, are established experts in this specialist surgical field.

Obesity is a chronic condition with a considerable health risk. Comorbidities and secondary metabolic and musculoskeletal disorders also emerge. Obesity is categorized in accordance with the body mass index (BMI). With a BMI of 35 or greater, obesity is considered to be pronounced; above 40, physicians use the term morbid obesity. Thus, for patients with a BMI of 35 or above, a surgical procedure for weight reduction can be an important step toward a new and, above all, healthy feel-good weight. Patients are given professional support along this route by the experienced and qualified physicians at the Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery in Muri, Aargau.

The Muri Hospital is officially recognized by the SMOB (Swiss Society for the Study of Morbid Obesity and Metabolic Disorders) as a bariatric Center of Excellence. Patients with severely pronounced obesity are treated expertly here and in accordance with the most recent scientific insights. Status as a Center of Excellence guarantees patient care in a 24-hour emergency ward and an intensive care ward (Level 2). The Obesity Center in Muri clearly surpasses the required minimum number of 50 bariatric procedures per year. With approximately 150, very complex, to an extent, procedures per year, the Muri Hospital is positioned as an outstanding Center of Excellence for obesity and metabolic surgery.

The patient is counseled individually and thoroughly and is accompanied on his journey. An interdisciplinary team is on hand for comprehensive care. Laparoscopic surgical techniques can be performed, which reduce the volume of the stomach and thus achieve a marked weight loss. Both techniques are employed for this purpose at the Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery in Muri:

  • Gastric bypass: Combination of a reduced gastric volume and decreased processing of nutrition
  • Laparoscopic gastric sleeve: The gastric volume is reduced by surgical downsizing

Obesity is a complex chronic condition with multiple factors. The team under Dr. Gerfried Teufelberger and Dr. Markus von der Groeben also continues to accompany patients following successful bariatric surgery.

Teufelberger Ausschnitt

Dr. med. Gerfried Teufelberger
Chief Physician of the Department of Surgery

FMH Specialist in surgery

Service portfolio:

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Hernia surgery
  • Colon surgery

Dr. Gerfried Teufelberger is the Chief Physician of the Department of Surgery and is a member of the hospital board. As an FMH Specialist in surgery, focusing on abdominal surgery, as well as on general surgery and traumatology, Dr. Teufelberger specializes, inter alia, in bariatric surgery and the surgical treatment of hernias. Dr. Gerfried Teufelberger and Dr. Markus von der Groeben head the Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery.

As a Center of Excellence (SMOB), the Center performs approximately 150, very complex, to an extent, procedures per year. The interdisciplinary networked and well coordinated medical specialist personnel strive to achieve the wellbeing of their patients. Individual treatment concepts and sustainable, comprehensive care define the family atmosphere of the Muri Hospital.

From the first consultation, over the treatment period right up to the comprehensive follow-up care, Dr. Teufelberger and Dr. von der Groeben are competent contacts for their partners. Since a hernia cannot reduce spontaneously, the competent hand of an experienced surgeon is required.

Dr. Teufelberger and Dr. von der Groeben are specialists in this surgical field and invariably apply up-to-date and particularly gentle techniques. This means minimal-invasive techniques, also known as “keyhole surgery”. For hernias in the inguinal and abdominal region, synthetic mesh made from light and stable synthetic materials have proven successful for sealing the site of the rupture (TEEP and TAPP techniques). The specialists in surgery and their respective specialist areas look forward to your contact request!

Markus von der Groeben

Dr. med. Markus von der Groeben
Principal Physician of the Department of Surgery

FMH Specialist in surgery

Service portfolio:

  • Bariatric surgery

Dr. Markus von der Groeben is an FMH Specialist in surgery focusing on general surgery and traumatology. The Principal Physician of the Department of Surgery specializes in the treatment of severely overweight patients. The team at the Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery at Muri Hospital invariably integrates the patient extensively into the treatment. Nutrition counseling and psychological support accompany patients a long their way to better quality of life and mobility. Dr. von der Groeben is also the proprietor of the clinicadvisor company, which has developed the AGRUNDO obesity app for patients.

Diagnostic Services

  • Clinical examination
  • Detailed preliminary consultation
  • Laboratory diagnostics
  • Ultrasound diagnostics
  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • CT
  • Laparoscopic diagnostics

Therapeutic Services

Obesity and Metabolic Surgery – Bariatric Reference Center:
  • Gastric bypass
  • Laparoscopic gastric sleeve
  • Complex bariatric surgery such as revision and biliopancreatic diversion
  • Psychological support
  • Nutrition and behavioral therapy
Hernia surgery:
  • Open surgical techniques
  • Minimal invasive surgical techniques
  • Laparoscopic surgery

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Room options
  • Room upgrade
  • Meals and accommodation for relatives
  • Cafeteria
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Bariatric Surgery

Other services

Comprehensive obesity care:
  • Counseling, support and care for obesity patients
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Diabetes counseling
  • Psychological support

Hernia surgery:
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Abdominal wall hernia
  • Femoral hernia
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • General abdominal surgery


Airports near

  • Zurich airport23.3 miles (approximately 37.5 km)

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Muri rail station437 yards (approximately 400 m)

Other certificates of the specialist