General Surgery

A hernia, a gall bladder removal or an operation in case of pathological heartburn. All these interventions belong to the spectrum of general surgery.

Within general surgery, we offer you established surgical procedures, which we carry out frequently and with the best results. We perform most of these operations using minimally invasive techniques ("keyhole surgery") in order to keep the burden for our patients as low as possible.

In every fourth person with gallstones, the stony formations become noticeable in the course of his life. Gallstones can block the exit of the gallbladder and lead to colic with spasmodic pain, or can migrate into the bile duct, get stuck there and cause an infection. In these cases, surgical removal of the gallbladder with its stony contents by means of a laparoscopy has proven to be effective.

In Germany the removal of the gall bladder is performed about 200,000 times a year. In our clinic, we perform the procedure as keyhole surgery as standard (over 99 percent). Complications are almost non-existent. Since the surgical procedure is very gentle, you can usually be discharged home on the second day after the procedure if you feel comfortable.

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An abdominal wall hernia is characterised by the protrusion of fatty tissue or possibly an intestinal loop through a weak point (hernial orifice) in the area of the abdominal wall or groin. Those affected often complain of swelling or localised pain. Since hernias cannot heal on their own or enlarge further, surgery is usually unavoidable.

In our clinic hernia surgery is performed in a minimally invasive manner as standard. In most cases, we use a plastic mesh to reinforce the fracture site and thus achieve a better result.

We advise you in detail on the various surgical options and recommend a specific procedure depending on the diagnosis and the circumstances (e.g. previous operations, size and location of the hernial orifice). Depending on the procedure, you can be discharged home from the second day if you feel comfortable, but sufficient time for solidification and stabilization of the hernia should be includ

The most common cause of heartburn is a weakening of the sphincter between the stomach and the oesophagus, usually caused by a diaphragmatic hernia. It is often enough for the patient to bend down to trigger the reflux of gastric acid into the lower oesophagus. Those affected often complain of heartburn, sour taste and even pain behind the breastbone.

If the symptoms cannot be remedied with medication, we offer you the clarification of a surgical treatment. We use a minimally invasive procedure (fundoplication) to strengthen the weakened sphincter. From the first day after the operation you will be free of complaints. Since food intake must be increased slowly, you can be discharged home after about four days if you feel well.

The removal of soft tissue tumours and abscesses as well as the implantation of port catheters - for example for chemotherapy in cancer - also fall within the spectrum of general surgery.

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