Special Clinical Focus

  • Colon cancer
  • Gastrointestinal surgery for non-malignant conditions
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Chronic inflammatory intestinal conditions (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis)
  • Hernia surgery
  • Inflammatory intestinal conditions including diverticulitis
  • Antireflux surgery for hiatus hernias
  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
  • Pancreatic surgery
  • Coloproctology and functional pelvic floor surgery

About us

Asst. Lect. Dr. Dimitrios Pantelis is a specialist in surgery, intestinal surgery, special intestinal surgery, and is a proctologist and the Chief Physician of the Department of General and Intestinal Surgery of the GFO Hospitals in Bonn, with their units, St. Marien Hospital Bonn-Venusberg and St. Josef Hospital Bonn-Beuel. He specializes in surgical procedures in the entire abdominal cavity and on the thyroid gland and parathyroid glands. Asst. Lect. Dr. Pantelis’ therapeutic emphases also include coloproctology. In the course of the surgical technique, also known as keyhole surgery, a long incision is not made in the abdominal wall, but only a number of very small incisions are required, through which small surgical instruments, including a camera, are then guided inside the patient's body. Here, the camera image is transferred to a monitor so that the surgeon can easily see the surgical site. To date, approximately 30,000 minimal invasive procedures have been performed at the St. Marien Hospital. Today, the range of procedures able to be performed minimal invasively includes all the organs of the abdominal cavity and of the thoracic cavity, the adrenal glands and even the thyroid gland. In October 2010, the Department was certified by the German General and Abdominal Surgery Association (DGAV) and the Surgical Working Group for Minimal Invasive Surgery (CAMIC) as a Center of Excellence for Minimal Invasive Surgery. Recertification takes place every three years, most recently in November 2016. Since that time, the Department has been able to refer to itself as a Center of Excellence for Minimal Invasive Surgery. The award stands for quality assured, state-of-the-art surgery. In January 2013, the Department was certified by the German General and Abdominal Surgery Association (DGAV) and the Hernia Surgery Working Group (CAH) as a Center of Excellence for Hernia Surgery. The most recent certification took place in January 2017. Approximately 900 hernia procedures of all degrees of difficulty are performed in the Department each year and so we are one of the TOP 10 hospitals across Germany. Here, inter alia, inguinal hernias, femoral hernias, umbilical hernias, incisional hernias, hiatus hernias, epigastric hernias and all rare forms of hernia are treated. Asst. Lect. Dr. Pantelis and his team at the St. Marien Hospital have wide experience and expertise in the field of the treatment of gastric and colon cancer. Approximately 6000 cancer operations have been performed since 1990. An integrative Bowel Center was founded in Bonn and in the county of Rhein-Sieg in 2008. The members are all private physicians and physicians employed in various hospitals whose work focuses mainly on cancer. The objective of the Center is the optimal and individual in-patient and out-patient treatment of each individual patient. Prof. Schneider, Asst. Lect. Dr. Pantelis’ predecessor, is a cofounder of the integrative Bowel Center. The Center has been certified by the German Cancer Association (DKG) since February 2010 and covers the entire range of care services for bowel cancer patients, from chemotherapy and radiotherapy to pain therapy and psychooncology care, up to follow-up care and support for the introduction of rehabilitation measures. Each year, the services are reviewed once again in terms of audits and recertifications. A certification as a Center of Excellence for Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery is aimed for.

Diagnostic Services


  • Rectoscopy, proctoscopy
  • Gastroscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy
  • ERCP (gastroenterology)
  • Anorectal endosonography and manometry
  • Conventional radiology including fluoroscopy
  • CT (Somatom Definition Flash)
  • MRI (1.5 tesla “Avanto”)
  • DSA (angiography)
  • Ultrasound
  • Complete hematology and clinical-chemical laboratory including tumor marker identification

Therapeutic Services

  • All surgical procedures in the abdominal and thoracic cavity: gastric, intestinal, liver, gall bladder, pancreatic, spleen surgery
  • Minimal invasive surgery in the abdominal and thoracic cavity, also using the single port technique
  • Hernia surgery including antireflux surgery for hiatus hernia
  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery (also by means of the minimal invasive ABBA technique) using magnifying spectacles and neuromonitoring
  • Minimal invasive parathyroid surgery
  • Port implantation (venous, arterial)
  • Excision of the gallbladder, the appendix or the lower large intestine via the vagina (NOTES: surgery via natural bodily orifices)
  • Proctology procedures
  • Stent implantation (esophagus, stomach, anastomoses, biliary tract)
  • Gastrointestinal endoscopy (also intraoperative), with polyp ablation, if required; with distention of existing strictures, if required

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Balcony, terrace, garden
  • Disability-friendly entrances
  • Extensive breakfast buffet
  • Library
  • Mailbox
  • Cafeteria
  • Kiosk, newspapers
  • Interpreters
  • Daily, varying menu
  • TV, DVD player
  • Internet
  • Church / religious facilities (chapel, meditation room)
  • Cultural provision, art workshop
  • Manicure, pedicure
  • Patient advocate
  • Pastoral care
  • Safe / locker
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Visceral Surgery

Directions

Airports near

  • Cologne Bonn airport13.8 miles (approximately 22.2 km)
  • Dusseldorf airport55.0 miles (approximately 88.4 km)

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Bonn central station2.1 miles (approximately 3.4 km)

Other certificates of the specialist

Additional staff

Dr.
Johannes Bette

Consultant
Surgeon


Sevil Gercecker

Consultant
Specialist in Abdominal Surgery, Special Abdominal Surgery

Dr.
Andreas Knoblich

Senior Chief Resident, St. Josef’s Hospital, Bonn-Beuel
Specialist in General Surgery, Abdominal Surgery, Special Abdominal Surgery

Dr.
Markus Koppenburg

Chief Physician, CURA Hospital, Bad Honnef
Specialist in General Surgery, Abdominal Surgery, Special Abdominal Surgery and Specialist in Proctology

Dr.
Edwin Rausch

Consultant
Surgeon, Abdominal Surgeon, Special Abdominal Surgeon

Dr.
Markus Warwas

Surgeon and Vascular Surgeon, Abdominal Surgeon, Special Abdominal Surgeon