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Academic Hospital Brothers of Mercy Munich

location_on Munich, Germany
10/10 from 23 Votes

Department of General and Abdominal Surgery (579924)

Johann Spatz

PD Dr. med.

Johann Spatz

Specialized in: general and abdominal surgery

About the department

The Department of General and Abdominal Surgery at the Academic Hospital Brothers of Mercy Munich offers the full range of diagnostics and surgical treatment in these fields. The department's surgeons perform about 2,000 surgical procedures annually. The therapeutic options cover not only operations on the digestive tract and abdominal organs, but also surgical treatment for soft tissue traumatic injuries, removal of skin and thyroid tumors, including the partial removal. With appropriate clinical indications, the preference is given to minimally invasive techniques, which guarantee the patient minimal postoperative risks and speedy recovery. Also, the department’s scope of activities includes the installation of port systems for chemotherapy and parenteral nutrition. The department is headed by PD Dr. med. Johann Spatz.

Many operations are performed on an outpatient basis. Thus, the patient can go home already on the day of surgery. Obviously, only simple operations can be performed in an outpatient operating room. However, should hospitalization be required, the department's specialists make every effort to make the patients feel as comfortable as possible during the entire period of treatment. Prior to any surgical treatment, there are held comprehensive consultations, during which the doctor informs about the stages of treatment and answers all the patient’s questions. After the surgery, doctors use all modern types of rehabilitation therapy, which allows the patient to recover as soon as possible and return to the usual everyday life.

Abdominal surgery offers the surgical treatment of benign and malignant diseases of all organs of the abdominal cavity, especially of the digestive system. The specialists mostly have to deal with the appendix removal, gallbladder surgery and surgical treatment of diverticulitis. The exceptional competence exists in the field of treatment of abdominal oncopathologies. The service range is also complemented by proctologic surgery (treatment of rectal diseases, for example, hemorrhoids).

In the field of general surgery, the doctors perform the removal of soft tissue tumors, abscess drainages, etc. In addition, the department's doctors specialize in the treatment of inguinal and incisional hernias, implantation of catheters (port systems for chemotherapy), thyroid and parathyroid surgery.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Pancreatic surgery
    • Acute pancreatitis
    • Chronic pancreatitis
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Pancreatic cysts
  • Anterior abdominal wall surgery
    • Inguinal hernia
    • Umbilical hernia
  • Peritoneal surgery
    • Oncological processes due to stomach, intestinal and ovarian cancers
    • Peritoneal inflammation (peritonitis)
  • Bowel surgery
    • Diverticulitis
    • Abdominal adhesions
    • Appendicitis
    • Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
    • Colon cancer
  • Endocrine surgery
    • Nodular goiter
    • Thyroid cancer
    • Graves' disease
    • Parathyroid diseases
    • Hormone-producing tumors of the adrenal glands
  • Gallbladder surgery
    • Gallstones
    • Gallbladder inflammation (acute cholecystitis)
    • Gallbladder cancer
  • Liver surgery
    • Liver abscess
    • Liver and bile duct cancer
    • Liver cysts
    • Liver adenoma and focal nodular hyperplasia
    • Echinococcosis
  • Gastric surgery
    • Reflux disease
    • Gastric mucosal inflammation (gastritis)
    • Stomach ulcer
    • Stomach cancer
    • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors
  • Rectal surgery
    • Rectal cancer
    • Proctological diseases
      • Hemorrhoids
      • Anal fissures
      • Anal abscesses
      • Residual hemorrhoidal skin marks
      • Anal cancer
      • Benign tumors
    • Rectal prolapse
  • Bariatric surgery (obesity treatment)
    • Gastric banding
    • Sleeve gastroplasty
    • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Esophageal surgery
    • Heartburn
    • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy
  • Implantation of port systems
  • Fast Track accelerated postoperative recovery program
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

PD Dr. med. Johann Spatz holds the position of the Head of the Department of General and Abdominal Surgery at the Academic Hospital Brothers of Mercy Munich. Prior to that, the doctor held the position of a Senior Physician in the Department of General, Abdominal and Transplant Surgery (Chief Physician: Prof. Dr. Matthias Anthuber). In July 2012, he passed the habilitation and received PD title. This was followed by Venia Legendi at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. The main focus of his clinical and scientific work is the improvement of the quality of care for patients with colon and rectal cancer.

The doctor devoted quite a lot of time to research at the Institute of Pathology under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hans Arnholdt. Dr. Spatz (jointly with PD Dr. Bruno Märkl, Leading Senior Physician at the Institute of Pathology) received the Surgical Research Award 2012 for the results of his research activities within the Congress of German Surgeons. The German Society of Surgery together with the employees of the Department of General and Abdominal Surgery also noted doctor’s excellent research activities in the Maximum Care Hospital Augsburg.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Barmherzige Brüder Krankenhaus München

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