Special Clinical Focus

  • Fecal incontinence
  • Reflux surgery
  • Pelvic floor
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Proctology
  • Tumor surgery

About us

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Baumgartner, Surgeon, Abdominal Surgeon, Specialist in Proctology and Surgical Intensive Care Medicine, has been the Chief Physician of the Department of General and Abdominal Surgery and the International Center for Fecal Incontinence at Emmendingen District Hospital since 2011. Prior to this, he was Chief Physician of General and Abdominal Surgery with Coloproctology at Ottobeuren District Hospital.

Fecal incontinence (the inability to control bowel movements) is a topic that patients do not like to talk about due to a feeling of shame which means that the illness remains hidden for a long time. However, around 1–3% of adults in nursing homes are affected by this and their social life is severely impaired. 47% of adults in nursing homes suffer from anal incontinence alone. The psychological stress is high and their thoughts revolve only around the uncontrollable situation of going to the toilet. Often, the condition, which is usually associated with urinary incontinence, leads to patients losing their job and to relationship problems. Urinary tract infections, muscular disorders such as multiple sclerosis or previous abdominal surgeries may cause fecal or urinary incontinence.

As an internationally renowned expert in fecal incontinence, Professor Ulrich Baumgartner has extensive experience in implantation of the "Soft Anal Band System"® artificial anal sphincter and trains proctologists from all over the world in the technique of anal band implantation.

Prof. Dr. Baumgartner’s department of general and abdominal surgery also performs all standard laparoscopic operations ("keyhole surgery") on the gall bladder, small and large intestine, appendix, abdominal wall and groin, and stomach and esophagus and also treats patients with hemorrhoids. Under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Baumgartner the hospital was awarded the name "International Center for Proctology and Fecal Incontinence".

Prof. Dr. Baumgartner, who regularly lectures on his areas of expertise and has written numerous publications, is a member of the German Society of Surgery (DGCH), the German Society of Visceral Surgery (DGVC), the Surgical Working Group on Coloproctology (CACP) and the Counseling Center of the German Continence Society (DKG).

Diagnostic Services

  • Digital x-ray
  • Computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Ultrasound
  • Endosonography of the upper and lower GI tract
  • Gastroscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Push enteroscopy
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Urodynamic measuring system
Special clinics:
  • Fecal and urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic floor prolapse
  • Proctology
  • Gastric and intestinal tumors
  • Obesity
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Wound clinic

Therapeutic Services

  • The diseases listed in the range of services are performed as open surgery and, wherever possible, laparoscopically ("keyhole surgery").
  • Conservative treatment of fecal incontinence (dietary measures, pelvic floor exercises, electrostimulation therapy, biofeedback)

Special surgeries:
  • Interdisciplinary (abdominal surgeon/urogynecologist) surgical correction of all 3 compartments of the pelvic floor (bladder, genital axis, rectum) under the same anesthetic
  • Sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) for fecal incontinence and bladder voiding dysfunction (pelvic floor pacemaker)
  • Reconstruction of the anal sphincter
  • Implantation of an artificial sphincter for fecal incontinence
  • All procedures relating to bariatric surgery

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

The comfort wards in the new building opened summer 2012. The rooms are modern and comfortably furnished. All rooms have a WC and shower. A television, telephone and Internet are available next to the bed.

Patients can take advantage of these exclusive rooms with the option for a single bed or twin beds. The costs are borne either by a private additional insurance or patients pay themselves.

Furthermore, we also offer an optional package of additional services. This includes things such as:
  • Exclusive gourmet menus or individual combinations of breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fresh fruit and fruit juice daily
  • Cake and hot drinks also for visitors or a national newspaper, if desired
  • Daily copy of the regional newspaper
  • Hand towels and bath towel as well as a bathrobe for loan
  • Shower and wash products and a hairdryer on request
  • Washing your laundry, if desired
  • Individual errands
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Visceral Surgery

Other services

  • Fecal and urinary incontinence (the inability to control bowel movements/bladder voiding)
  • Pelvic floor disorders (prolapse of the bladder, genitals, uterus, rectum)
  • Proctological diseases (rectum/anus)
  • Thyroid gland
  • Abdominal wall, umbilical and inguinal hernias
  • Gallstones
  • Appendix
  • Abscesses
  • Soft tissue and skin growths
  • Emergency surgery
  • Chronic wounds
  • Diabetic foot
  • Skin grafts
  • Chronic crural ulcers
  • Benign and malignant tumors in the esophagus, stomach, liver, spleen, gall bladder and bile ducts
  • Pancreas
  • Bowel and colorectal diseases
  • Thyroid gland
  • Adrenal glands
  • Sarcoma
  • Metastatic surgery (e.g., liver, peritoneum)
  • Surgical treatment of perianal abscesses, perianal thromboses, fistulas, anal tumors as well as low-pain removal of hemorrhoids using HAL-RAR, laser or longo surgery

Directions

Airports near

  • Freiburg-Basel-Mulhouseapprox. 86 km
  • Karlsruhe Baden-Baden airportapprox. 95 km

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Emmendingen rail stationapprox. 1 km