Abdominal surgery - Medical specialists

Visceral surgery? It can also be put more simply: abdominal surgery includes the treatment of diseases of the internal organs. The intestine, the liver, the pancreas and the esophagus are just as important in this area as the stomach and the gall bladder. And let's not forget: The surgical treatment of diseases or injuries of the thyroid gland or adrenal glands are also a case for visceral surgery.

Especially in the main areas, there is a lot to do for these surgeons: inflammatory diseases of the various bowels, Crohn's disease and diverticulitis, fistulas, fissures and haemorrhoids, tumurs and cancers are just a few examples where the abdominal surgeon intervenes.

Transplantations of the liver, the kidney and the pancreas are also tasks of the visceral surgeon. Actually, hernia is also included in this area. However, since inguinal hernia is one of the most common diseases, we treat hernia surgery separately.

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Abdominal surgery - Further information

In the search for specialists in visceral surgery you will find medical experts for treatment and surgical intervention in the speciality of visceral surgery. You have gastric cancer, oesophageal cancer or colon cancer and need an expert for abdominal surgery? Or are you seeking a visceral surgeon for liver transplantation or a gastric band? Here you will find selected specialists in visceral surgery.

Specialist in visceral surgery/visceral surgeon

A visceral surgeon, also known as an abdominal surgeon, specialises in surgery of the abdominal organs and the entire digestive tract. Liver transplantations, surgery for gastric cancer, colon cancer, appendicitis, pancreatic cancer and bowel obstruction are the most common procedures. Among the most frequent operations in visceral surgery are the gastric band implant for obesity, liver resection for hepatocellular carcinoma, surgery on the thyroid gland and the parathyroid glands, surgery on the stomach, intestines and oesophagus, removal of the appendix, the pancreas and the gallbladder.

In addition to specialised surgical skills, visceral surgeons have a great deal of knowledge about diagnostic procedures as well as disease-related pre- and postoperative treatment. To become a specialist in visceral surgery, a physician must complete six years of postgraduate training.

Therapeutic range of services in visceral surgery

In particular, the therapeutic range of services of visceral surgery includes laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgery (MIS), fast-track surgery, colonoscopy, gastroscopy and endoscopy. In the field of surgery for carcinoma, the visceral surgeon carries out the removal of the tumour tissue in colon cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, oesophageal cancer, thyroid cancer, bile duct cancer removal, removal of liver metastases, liver tumours, partial hepatecomy and the implantation of a port system. The visceral aspect of surgery for obesity comprises such procedures as the implantation of a gastric band, and stomach reduction (stapling). Other visceral operations are liver transplantation, gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy), the removal of the appendix, hernia operations, the placement of a fine mesh net (TEP or TAPP operation) and NOTES - natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery.

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The Leading Medicine Guide's quality assurance is ensured by the following acceptance prerequisites.

  • At least 10 years of experience in medical treatment
  • Mastery of modern diagnostic and surgical procedures
  • Representative number of annual surgeries, treatments and therapies
  • Outstanding focus of treatment in their special field
  • Active member of a leading national medical society
  • Managerial position
  • Active participation in medical conferences, symposia etc.
  • Research and teaching
  • Reputation and recommendation
  • Quality management
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