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Brothers of Mercy Hospital Munich

location_on Munich, Germany
10/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Oncology (579930)

Christian Rust

Prof. Dr. med.

Christian Rust

Specialized in: gastroenterology, hepatology, oncology

About the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Oncology at Brothers of Mercy Hospital Munich

The Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Oncology at the Brothers of Mercy Hospital Munich provides the broadest range of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic services in these medical fields. The medical facility admits patients with diseases of the stomach, small and large intestines, esophagus, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and biliary tract. Of particular interest to the department's specialists is the treatment of malignant pathologies of the gastrointestinal tract and hepatopancreatobiliary area. The doctors of the medical facility cooperate closely with the Department of General and Abdominal Surgery and the Department of Cardiology and Pulmonology. In the course of treatment, the latest functional and general diagnostics options are used, and effective treatment methods are adapted to the patient's individual needs. The department has state-of-the-art equipment for endoscopic examinations and therapeutic procedures. Doctors and nursing staff always show a humane attitude towards their patients, striving to support them on their way to recovery. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Christian Rust.

Gastroenterology offers prevention, diagnostics and treatment of all gastrointestinal diseases. The most common pathologies in the practice of the department's doctors are gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastrointestinal tumors, pancreatic diseases (acute and chronic pancreatitis with functional disorders and complications), bowel diseases (for example, chronic diarrhea, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis) and functional gastrointestinal disorders (functional dyspepsia and irritable bowel syndrome). The service range also includes the treatment of benign and malignant neoplasms of these organs.

Modern methods of sonography and endoscopy are used for making an accurate diagnosis, and the patient's medical history is also studied in detail. The department has four endoscopy rooms with state-of-the-art high-resolution video endoscopes with Full HD technology. Patients can undergo precise endoscopy and chromoendoscopy.  With approximately 7,500 endoscopic procedures annually, the department ranks among Munich's largest and most competent endoscopy centers. The department also offers excellent opportunities for ultrasound diagnostics (certification from the German Society for Ultrasound in Medicine). Ultrasound diagnostics is carried out on advanced and high-precision devices. The medical facility conducts about 16,000 general examinations annually and more than 1,000 contrast-enhanced ultrasound scans.

Hepatology is another priority area of ​​the department's work. Patients can undergo comprehensive diagnostics and treatment of liver diseases: viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver diseases, hemochromatosis, Wilson's disease, fatty liver disease, alcohol-related liver disease, etc. In addition to classical treatment methods, the department's doctors use various interventional procedures (in cooperation with the Department of Interventional Radiology). For example, therapeutic options include transarterial chemoembolization, radiofrequency and microwave ablation, and so on.

The team of the department's experienced oncologists is engaged in the prevention, diagnostics, treatment and follow-up monitoring of patients with malignant diseases. There is a specialized Abdominal Cancer Center in the department, which is certified by the German Cancer Society and is part of the Cancer Center Munich. Thanks to the active cooperation of specialists from various medical fields, the highest quality of cancer therapy is ensured. Treatment is based on an individual approach, and therefore after establishing a diagnosis, each clinical case is considered at an interdisciplinary tumor board, during which doctors develop an optimal therapy regimen. The department's specialization in oncology includes colorectal, liver, stomach, esophageal, pancreatic, gallbladder and bile duct cancers. Specialized surgeons are responsible for surgical resection of the tumor, and the department's oncologists provide conservative treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, antibody therapy and other systemic treatments.

The department's range of medical services includes:

  • Gastroenterology and hepatology
    • Gastroscopy
      • Enteral feeding tube placement (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy and percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy)
      • Diagnostics and treatment of esophageal and gastric varices
      • Diagnostics, monitoring and differential treatment of all stages of Barrett's esophagus, including radiofrequency ablation
      • Diagnostics and removal of benign neoplasms and early forms of cancer using endoscopic mucosectomy or endoscopic submucosal dissection
      • Diagnostics and treatment of stenosis with bougienage and balloon dilatation
      • Diagnostics and treatment of stenosis in malignant and benign diseases using self-expandable metallic stents
      • Hemostasis with injectables, clipping, argon plasma coagulation, hemospray, and protein glue
      • Diagnostics and treatment of Zenker's diverticulum by myotomy
    • Colonoscopy
      • Preventive screening
      • Diagnostics, monitoring and differential treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) and their specific complications
      • Diagnostics, monitoring, and differential treatment of polyps (for example, familial adenomatous polyposis)
      • Diagnostics and removal of benign neoplasms and early forms of cancer using endoscopic mucosectomy or endoscopic submucosal dissection
      • Diagnostics and treatment of stenosis with bougienage and balloon dilatation
      • Diagnostics and treatment of stenosis in malignant and benign diseases using self-expandable metallic stents
      • Hemostasis with injectables, clipping, argon plasma coagulation, hemospray, and protein glue
      • Endoscopic resection of the abdominal wall using the EFTR technique for the treatment of recurrent neoplasms and tumors that are difficult to resect using classical methods
    • Proctoscopy and rectoscopy
      • Diagnostics and treatment of rectal and anal diseases
      • Treatment of hemorrhoids with latex ligation
    • Small bowel capsule endoscopy
      • Non-invasive and sparing imaging of the small intestine with capsule endoscopy
      • Push intestinoscopy using an elongated and thin endoscope for the diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the upper small intestine
    • Endosonography
      • High-resolution images with radial or linear ultrasound scans (endoscopic access)
      • Diagnostics of benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, biliary tract, lymph nodes of the upper abdomen, anal canal and rectum
      • Precise determination of the stage of a malignant disease
      • Tissue sampling using ultrasound guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy for further histological examination
      • Treatment of pseudocysts or other complications of pancreatitis using metal stents to improve the outflow of pancreatic secretions
      • Palliative treatment of bile duct malignancies with plastic/metal stents placed under ultrasound guidance
    • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
      • Diagnostics and treatment of stones and bile duct infections
      • Diagnostics and treatment of stenosis with bougienage and balloon dilatation
      • Placement of plastic or metal stents in the bile duct or pancreatic duct
      • Treatment of bile duct malignancies using radiofrequency ablation
      • Direct endoscopy of the biliary tract (cholangioscopy) and pancreatic duct (pancreatoscopy)
      • Treatment of inflammatory pancreatic diseases with stone fragmentation by electrohydraulic lithotripsy
      • Removal of large bile duct stones by electrohydraulic lithotripsy
    • Transarterial chemoembolization, radiofrequency and microwave ablation (in collaboration with the Department of Interventional Radiology)
  • Oncology
    • Surgical resection of malignant gastrointestinal and hepatopancreatobiliary tumors (in collaboration with general and abdominal surgeons)
    • Chemotherapy
    • Radiation therapy
    • Hormone therapy
    • Targeted therapy
    • Antibody therapy
    • Transarterial chemoembolization, radiofrequency and microwave ablation (in collaboration with the Department of Interventional Radiology)
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. med. Christian Rust

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Rust holds the position of the Head of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Oncology at the Brothers of Mercy Hospital Munich. Before this, Prof. worked as a Senior Physician in the Department of Internal Medicine II at the University Hospital Grosshadern. He received his medical education at the Universities of Munich and Freiburg. In 1995, he received his admission to medical practice. In 1997, he also passed the State American Exam (USMLE, part 1 and 2). In 2003, Prof. Rust had his board certification in Internal Medicine, and two years later followed his specialization in Gastroenterology. In 2006, he also got specialization in Internal Intensive Care. In 2007, the doctor had his habilitation at Maximilian Ludwig University of Munich.

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

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