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Academic Hospital Albertinen Hamburg

location_on Hamburg, Germany
9.2/10 from 23 Votes

Department of General, Abdominal, Cancer Surgery and Colorectal Surgery (646843)

Thies Daniels

Dr. med.

Thies Daniels

Specialized in: general, abdominal, cancer surgery, colorectal surgery

About the department

The Department of General, Abdominal, Cancer Surgery and Colorectal Surgery at the Academic Hospital Albertinen Hamburg offers the full range of surgical interventions for the treatment of benign and malignant abdominal diseases. Of particular interest to the department's specialists is the surgical treatment of such oncological diseases as stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, bowel cancer, peritoneal cancer, rectal cancer, anal cancer and others. An important field of ​​clinical activity is also conservative and surgical treatment of rectal, anal and colon diseases. The department performs most operations using sparing minimally invasive techniques. In addition, the department's surgeons specialize in robot-assisted surgery. The interventions are performed using the innovative da Vinci Surgical System. The use of the progressive surgical techniques makes it possible to provide the department's patients with speedy postoperative recovery and minimal risks of complications. The department is headed by Dr. med. Thies Daniels.

The primary focus of the department is on the treatment of abdominal malignancies. Depending on the clinical case, a patient may be indicated treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis. The department regularly holds interdisciplinary tumor boards with the involvement of all the necessary experts, including oncologists, chemotherapists, radiation therapists, gastroenterologists, radiologists and others. If necessary, the patients are provided with qualified psychological support, since the diagnosis of cancer can cause severe mental shock. If possible, a malignant tumor is resected using minimally invasive techniques, which significantly reduce the postoperative recovery period.

The department's medical team is distinguished by unique competencies and outstanding achievements in the treatment of rectal, anal and colon diseases. The department also includes a specialized Bowel Center, which was awarded the prestigious "Center of Excellence for Colorectal Surgery" certificate of the German Society for General and Visceral Surgery (DGAV). The key focus is on the treatment of colon cancer, rectal cancer and anal cancer. However, patients with such benign diseases as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and diverticulitis can also receive competent medical care here.

The department keeps pace with innovations and ranks among the leading surgical clinics in Germany, because it uses the most advanced surgical techniques and devices. One of these innovations is the da Vinci Surgical System, which is used only in the most advanced medical centers in developed countries. This is due to the high cost of the robot-assisted system. In addition, the surgeon must undergo a thorough training course on the simulator in order to operate the system efficiently. The da Vinci Surgical System allows the department's surgeons to perform an operation with small incisions on the skin. The necessary surgical instruments are inserted through them. When performing the operation, the surgeon sits at the control panel and gives commands to the robot, which performs all surgical actions with its "slave manipulators". Every manipulation of the robotic device is performed with millimeter precision. Robotic surgery eliminates the human factor – trembling hands, anxiety, fatigue, etc. One of the robot's "slave manipulators" is equipped with a video camera, which broadcasts HD images with multiple zoom on a large screen. Such an approach allows the surgeon to clearly see all the anatomical structures of the operating field, including the smallest ones. Robotic surgery has earned wide recognition in the world and allows the doctors to provide the effective surgical treatment of many diseases with minimal injury rate. In addition, performing robotic interventions, the department's surgeons guarantee the patient a minimal risk of postoperative complications. Mild pain after surgery reduces the patient's need for painkillers.

The department's main clinical focuses include:

  • Surgical treatment of benign abdominal diseases
    • Hernias (epigastric hernia, umbilical hernia, incisional hernia)
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
    • Appendicitis
    • Gallstones and inflammatory lesions of the gallbladder
  • Surgical treatment of malignant abdominal diseases
    • Stomach cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Bowel cancer
    • Peritoneal cancer
    • Rectal cancer
    • Anal cancer
    • Liver cancer and metastases
    • Biliary tract cancer
  • Surgical treatment of benign and malignant bowel diseases (within the specialized center)
    • Benign diseases
      • Ulcerative colitis
      • Crohn's disease
      • Diverticulitis
    • Malignant diseases
      • Colon cancer
      • Rectal cancer
      • Anal cancer
  • Surgical treatment of rectal, anal and colon diseases
    • Perianal abscess
    • Anal fissures
    • Anal fistulas
    • Hemorrhoids
    • Anal cancer
    • Acne inversa
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Higher Education and Professional Career

  • Since 2010 Head of the Department of General, Abdominal, Cancer Surgery and Colorectal Surgery at the Academic Hospital Albertinen Hamburg.
  • 2009 Head of the Department of General, Abdominal and Cancer Surgery at the Helios Mariahilf Hospital Hamburg.
  • 2005 - 2009 Chief Physician of the Department of General and Abdominal Surgery at the Uelzen Hospital.
  • 2001 - 2005 Senior Physician in the Department of Surgery, AK Altona Hospital in Hamburg.
  • 1999 - 2001 Senior Physician in the Department of Surgery, AK Eilbek Hospital in Hamburg.
  • 1998 Additional qualification in Abdominal Surgery.
  • 1996 Board certification in General Surgery.
  • 1995 - 1998 Assistant Physician at the AK Barmbek Hospital in Hamburg.
  • 1990 - 1994 Assistant Physician in the Department of Surgery at the AK Barmbek Hospital in Hamburg.
  • 1990 Doctoral thesis defense with honors, RWTH Aachen University.
  • 1987 - 1990 Assistant Physician in the Department of Surgery, KKN Norden Hospital.
  • 1986 Admission to medical practice.
  • 1980 -1986 Study of Human Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Hamburg.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • 2008 German Cancer Society.
  • Hamburg Medical Association.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Albertinen Krankenhaus

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