With Associate Lecturer Dr. Christoph Strey, the Clementinenhaus in Hanover was able to recruit an exceptionally competent specialist as head of the Department of General and Visceral Surgery. As successor to Dr. Andreas Kuthe, Associate Lecturer Dr. Strey has been continuing Dr. Kuthe's numerous achievements since 2019 - and was able to further enhance the clinic's reputation. With his immense experience, he has also gained a reputation as an excellent and gentle surgeon, especially in minimally invasive procedures.
The Clementinenhaus has long enjoyed an excellent reputation far beyond Hanover. As one of the most traditional hospitals in the whole of Lower Saxony, it looks back on a long history - and as probably the most modern hospital in the city, it takes patient care at an absolutely high level very seriously. It fits in well with the picture that the Department of General and Visceral Surgery, even under its new director, continues to make headlines nationwide.
This is because the clinic headed by Associate Lecturer Dr. Strey is home to several centers that enjoy an outstanding reputation throughout the German-speaking world: On the one hand, the Reference Centers for Hernia Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery have made a name for themselves, and on the other hand, the Competence Center for Obesity Surgery is attracting attention - even internationally.
Range of services: Experienced hernia surgeon
As a hernia surgeon, Associate Lecturer Dr. Strey, who is also a member of the German Hernia Society, is a recognized specialist. He is familiar with all forms of hernias of the abdominal wall. Whether it is a classic inguinal hernia, a scar or umbilical hernia - as a rule Associate Lecturer Dr. Strey operates on hernias minimally invasive using the most modern methods, which also shortens the convalescence time after the procedure. In addition, this method leaves only tiny scars.
Associate Lecturer Dr. Christoph Strey is also a specialist in surgeries on the gall bladder, liver and pancreas: The department he heads performs more than six hundred gallbladder surgeries every year, making it the country's leading department. The department has a high level of expertise in all procedures.
Special focus: Cancer of the stomach, intestine, liver and pancreas
Oncological surgery is one of Associate Lecturer Dr. Strey's main areas of focus. He has a great deal of experience, particularly with colon and stomach tumors. Since malignant stomach tumors are often discovered very late, such patients should rely on a specialist who is experienced in all diagnostic and therapeutic measures on an international level - and who discusses the respective procedure very conscientiously at a tumor conference. Often, chemotherapy, which is planned and carried out in close cooperation with renowned oncologists, improves the individual prognosis.
At the Clementinenhaus in Hanover large abdominal incisions have become a rarity even in tumor surgeries. The 3D surgical technique with high-resolution cameras, which was co-developed in the department, helps here. Minimally invasive, gentle surgeries allow thorough tumor removal and the fastest possible recovery, thus increasing the patient's chances of recovery.
Highly specialized - and yet versatile
This is familiar territory for the specialist: Before Associate Lecturer Dr. Strey took over as head of the Department of General and Visceral Surgery in Hanover, he was in fact head of the Department of General, Visceral and Vascular Surgery at the DIAKOVERE-Friederikenstift. It is therefore also clear that the treatment of diabetic feet and chronic wounds is also part of the service spectrum of this versatile specialist.
The Competence Center for Bariatric Surgery should also be mentioned: Here, overweight patients are also helped at an international level. Precisely because obesity is becoming an increasingly important topic, bariatric surgery is also taking on an increasingly important role in clinical practice. Here, too, care, respect and humanity, combined with state-of-the-art surgical procedures, open the door to a better quality of life.
Born in Kassel, he studied in Freiburg and other places, and gained his professional experience not only in the state capital of Lower Saxony: He also worked at the university hospitals in Freiburg and Frankfurt during his more than 25 years of service. In addition to his patients, physicians from a wide range of disciplines also benefit from his enormous experience. He is on the advisory board of the Oncology Working Group in Hanover - and is involved in several professional associations and working groups, such as the German Society for General and Visceral Surgery, the Surgical Working Group for Coloproctology (CACP) and the Surgical Working Group for Minimally Invasive Surgery (CAMIC).
Modern in the service of patients: Interdisciplinary approach
Associate Lecturer Dr. Christoph Strey's decision for the Clementine House was also motivated by the interdisciplinary and sophisticated manner in which the hospital approaches its medical care mission for the population. For example, the Department of General and Visceral Surgery works in close cooperation with the hospital's gastroenterology department, which is equipped with state-of-the-art endoscopy, endosonography and sonography facilities and with which a surgical-gastroenterological colloquium is held in daily exchange. Daily case demonstrations are also held with the in-house radiology practice.
In addition, regular professional training events ensure the high level of care in the department - at all levels. This ensures that the department is in demand as a designated hospice center for minimally invasive surgery of CAMIC (Surgical Working Group for Minimally Invasive Surgery) and the German Society for General and Visceral Surgery.
In demand by many professional societies
The department headed by Associate Lecturer Dr. Strey also holds a high position in the field of hernia surgery - for example as the German Hernia Society's hospitation center for hernia surgery. Training courses for external surgeons are also held here regularly.
Regardless of whether it involves the removal of the appendix, a complex hernia or tumor surgery, Associate Lecturer Dr. Christoph Strey at the Clementinenhaus in Hanover stands for excellent surgical treatment.