The specialist surgeon with specialist medical designation in abdominal surgery, Dr Daniel Muendel, is the Senior Consultant at the Abdominal Centre of the Benedictus Hospital in Tutzing and heads the Department of General Abdominal and Thoracic Surgery here. As the principal physician, Dr Muendel has the authority to teach a variety of advanced training courses in the field of general and special surgery; thus, with the aid of his comprehensive experience, he also trains younger medical practitioners.
The Department and its director, Dr Muendel, are certified by the German General and Abdominal Surgery Association as a Centre of Excellence in the field of minimally invasive surgery. So-called keyhole surgery facilitates complex procedures inside the body without a large incision. The specialists work with tiny instruments which are introduced into the body through very small incisions. A camera optical system also inserted in the body transmits images from the abdominal cavity directly to a Full HDTV monitor in the state-of-the-art equipped surgical theatre. Thus, the surgeons can see the surgical site enlarged before them and are able to perform the surgical steps with a high degree of precision.
The Centre of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Surgery is known nationwide thanks to the outstanding expertise of the specialist abdominal surgeons. Dr Muendel also undertakes training in this specialist field for medical practitioners in leading positions from across Germany. Ultimately, the patients benefit from the extensive experience and the expertise of the team since procedures performed minimally invasively make less pain, more rapid healing and earlier mobility possible.
In the Department of General Abdominal and Thoracic Surgery, Dr Muendel and his experienced team perform all procedures in the field of abdominal surgery. One focus here is oncology, that is, the treatment of tumour conditions. Today, the surgical removal of malignant tumours is still the most promising method in the treatment of cancer conditions. In addition to this, the surgical team is best prepared for procedures for the treatment of other conditions of the abdominal wall, the abdomen, the thyroid glands and the parathyroid glands, as well as of the intestines.
At the same time, Dr Muendel and his colleagues collaborate very closely with the Department of Oncology and the Department of Gastroenterology. The interdisciplinary treatment of individual cases enables the development of a targeted treatment pathway for each patient. The joint findings meetings open up completely new perspectives in terms of diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
Selected expert in the specialist field Visceral Surgery