Prof. Thomas Mussack is a specialist in general and abdominal surgery and a distinguished specialist in keyhole and tumor surgery. He heads the Department of General and Abdominal Surgery at the Munich South Surgical Hospital as its Chief Physician, and has over two decades of specialist experience in surgery. In 2010, Prof. Mussack was appointed as an adjunct Professor. Prior to his appointment at the Department of General and Abdominal Surgery, Prof. Mussack was a member of the executive board of a surgical center of the renowned Stephanshorn Hirslanden Hospital in Switzerland. At the Department of General and Abdominal Surgery, Prof. Mussack and his team take the time to advise each patient individually, whether privately or publicly insured, and to accompany him during his diagnosis and treatment. Special imaging techniques (3-D sonography, CT, MRI) and advanced therapeutic endoscopy enable a rapid and precise diagnosis. Here, the focus is always on the patient as an individual. His personal life situation is taken into account as Prof. Mussack and his colleagues respond to the medical condition. Both nutritional medicine and psychooncology care are established at the Munich South Surgical Hospital. The treatment is given in consultation with the physicians treating the patient to date in order to be able to take the clinical history into consideration.
If required, further specialists can be consulted in order to pursue the interdisciplinary treatment approach. In the area of cancer conditions, an Interdisciplinary Tumor Conference takes place every two weeks for this purpose, in which tumor specialists from across Munich and the region can also compare notes concerning current cases via video conference. Hence, the patient can be confident of always being given the optimal therapeutic recommendations. The Munich South Surgical Hospital has up-to-date equipped operating rooms and relies on innovative techniques. Whenever possible, the specialists under Prof. Mussack avoid an open procedure and, instead, rely on a minimal invasive approach, that is, so-called keyhole surgery. For all patients, that means maximal tissue protection, less pain and a more rapid recovery following the procedure. For this purpose, Prof. Mussack and his surgical team draw on the most advanced technology, such as high-resolution 3-D camera systems and robotic camera guidance. Together with the surgical treatment of tumors of the abdomen, the Munich specialists also treat a large number of benign conditions. The Department of General and Abdominal Surgery under Chief Physician Prof. Mussack has acquired an outstanding reputation nationwide in the diagnosis and individually tailored treatment of reflux disease and of inguinal, umbilical and complex incisional hernias. Prof. Mussack underscores his expertise in the field of abdominal surgery by his activity as a consultant for various international specialist journals such as Surgical Endoscopy, JAMA Surgery, Critical Care Medicine and Surgery. He is also an active member of the Munich Tumor Center and of multiple important specialist medical associations, and he trains prospective medical practitioners at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.