Special Clinical Focus

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Bariatrics
  • Diabetes
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Endocrinology

About us

The eSwiss Medical and Surgical Center in St Gallen specialises in the wide fields of internal medicine and surgery. In addition, the associated Departments of Diagnostics and Nutrition Counselling support the eSwiss Medical & Surgical Center’s provision of a comprehensive service profile.

The specialists of the Department of Surgery, headed by Dr Thurnheer, possess extensive expertise in the entire field of bowel surgery. One particular focus is bariatric surgery: the qualified staff covers all established surgical procedures in its surgical repertoire and can thus contribute to low-risk and long-term weight reduction. Oncological surgery, that is, the surgical treatment of tumours in the abdominal organs, is also one of the emphases of the surgical team.

Headed by Prof. Schultes, the Department of Internal Medicine of the eSwiss Medical and Surgical Center focuses on the fields of diabetology and the metabolism, endocrinology and nutritional medicine. Here, the specialists diagnose, inter alia, thyroid disorders, adrenal disorders and disorders of other endocrine organs, as well as male hormone disorders and metabolic balance disorders. Following a detailed diagnosis, Prof. Schultes and his competent team compile a treatment approach individually tailored to the patient.

The two broad areas of specialisation of the eSwiss Medical & Surgical Center have overlap extensively in the interdisciplinary Obesity Centre of the hospital. Here, the specialists in metabolism collaborate closely with the surgical specialists in order to help to provide people with obesity with a greater quality of life in their daily routines.
Prof. Bernd Schultes
Prof. Bernd Schultes is a diabetologist and endocrinologist whose reputation extends far beyond Switzerland. He heads the Department of Internal Medicine at the eSwiss Medical and Surgical Center at the Hirslanden Stephanshorn Hospital in St Gallen.

Since his specialist qualification in internal medicine at the University of Lubeck in 2004 and later in endocrinology and diabetology, Prof. Schultes has worked in responsible positions. From 2005 to 2012, he headed the Eastern Switzerland interdisciplinary Obesity Centre at the St Gallen Cantonal Hospital and then, with his colleagues, founded the independent eSwiss Medical and Surgical Center. Prof. Schultes has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Lubeck since 2008, where he trains the up-and-coming generation of medical practitioners.

Prof. Schultes had already dealt with diabetic conditions in his doctoral thesis, which he completed in 1998. Since then, he has published over 130 scientific contributions in specialist journals and books and has also written numerous reviews of the contributions of other academics. Prof. Schultes has been honoured on several occasions for his research and his work by a variety of specialist associations. He himself is an active member of numerous international specialist associations, through which he is able to engage in exchange with renowned medical practitioners within his specialist field.

As a medical referee, Prof. Schultes also works for numerous international specialist journals, including ‘The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology’, ‘Diabetes Care’ and ‘the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism’. This underlines his international reputation as an outstanding diabetologist and endocrinologist.
Dr Martin Thurnheer
Dr Martin Thurnheer is a specialist surgeon and has been employed in a leading capacity since 2000. In 2005, with Prof. Schultes, he founded and continues to lead the Eastern Switzerland Obesity Centre at the St Gallen Cantonal Hospital and, together with his colleagues, founded the independent, private eSwiss Medical and Surgical Center at the Hirslanden Stephanshorn Hospital in St Gallen in 2012. Here, he heads the Department of Surgery. Dr Thurnheer is a member of various specialist associations.

Minimally invasive surgery, bariatric and oncological surgery are Dr Thurnheer’s core competencies. For over a decade, he has been considered an authority in the field of bariatric surgery and is known as a competent bariatric surgeon beyond the region.

Minimally invasive procedures are markedly more gentle for the patient since less tissue is damaged. This plays a role, not least in plastic aesthetic surgery since little scarring remains.

Diagnostic Services

  • ECG
  • Spirometry
  • Long-term blood pressure measurement
  • Ultrasound of the abdominal organs
  • Ultrasound of the thyroid gland / neck
  • Spiroergometry for performance diagnostics
  • Indirect calorimetry
  • Out-patient sleep apnoea screening
  • Continuous long-term glucose monitoring
  • Verification of lactose / fructose intolerance or bacterial abdominal miscolonisation
  • Analysis of the physical constitution
  • Practice laboratory / endocrinological function laboratory

Therapeutic Services

Bariatric surgery:
  • Laparoscopic treatment of obesity and diabetes type 2
  • Performance of complex revision procedures
  • Change in technique (gastric band to gastric bypass, biliopancreatic diversion or duodenal switch)
  • Abdominal wall tightening
Diabetes / Endocrinology:
  • Treatment of all forms of diabetes including insulin therapy
  • Diagnosis and treatment of excess weight (obesity)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of endocrine disorders
  • Diagnosis and surgical treatment of the thyroid and parathyroid glands
  • Partial and total excision of the adrenal glands
  • Insulin therapy
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Visceral Surgery

Other services

  • Obesity
  • Androgenital syndrome (AGS)
  • Diverticulitis
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Gastric cancer
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Diabetic foot
  • Lipid metabolic disorder
  • Gout
  • Gynaecomastia
  • Hirsutism
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypogonadism
  • Pituitary tumours
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Basedow’s disease
  • Adrenal gland disorders
  • Parathyroid gland disorders
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Enlargement of the thyroid gland
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Goitre
  • Polycystic ovary (PCO) syndrome
  • Testosterone deficiency
  • Excess weight


Airports near

  • St Gallen – Altenrhein airportapprox. 18.0 km
  • St Gallen-Zurich airportapprox. 87.0 km

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • St Gallen central railway stationapprox. 7.3 km