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Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim

Cologne, Germany


Department of Visceral, Vascular and Transplant Surgery


Markus M. Heiss

Prof. Dr. med.

Markus M. Heiss

Specialized in: general surgery, abdominal surgery, transplant surgery

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Heiss+MM

The Department of Visceral, Vascular and Transplant Surgery at the Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Markus M. Heiss is the center of maximum care and offers the entire spectrum of top-class conventional and minimally invasive surgery. In February 2013 the Department was certified by the German Society of General and Visceral Surgery as the first and still the only Center of Competence in the field of minimally invasive surgery.

The Department of Visceral, Vascular and Transplant Surgery at the Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim deals with the treatment of all surgical diseases of the abdominal organs. In particular, these include diseases of the digestive system (esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, rectum, liver, and pancreas), diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands, as well as abdominal and inguinal hernias. The Section of Vascular Surgery treats all diseases of the carotid artery, aorta, as well as peripheral arterial and venous vessels. In the field of transplant surgery, the Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim performs kidney transplantation, including transplantation in different blood groups and from a living donor, as well as pancreas transplantation. 

Cancer surgery makes up an important clinical focus of the Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Markus M. Heiss. The Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim treats all tumors of the digestive system by means of the most advanced surgical techniques. There is an interdisciplinary patient care that involves cancer consultation of the Rhine Cancer Center. The department offers special techniques to treat cancer of the stomach, esophagus, pancreas, tumors of the colon, rectum, liver, as well as soft tissue tumors (sarcomas). 

The Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Markus M. Heiss has an extensive experience in the surgical treatment of large tumors, affecting a few organs (multivisceral resections). There is a particular focus on the tumors that affect peritoneum (peritoneal carcinosis). To treat these tumors, the Department offers all surgical techniques, as well as hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). The Department is the certified Center of Competence, specializing in the treatment of malignant peritoneal diseases. 

The main focuses of the Department of Visceral, Vascular and Transplant Surgery at the Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim are

  • Visceral surgery
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (cecum, gall bladder, esophagus, stomach, large intestine, spleen)
    • Surgery of the small and large bowel, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis
    • Diseases of the cecum
    • Hepatobiliary surgery (gallbladder, bile ducts, liver)
    • Obesity surgery (lap band and gastric bypass)
    • Hernia surgery (inguinal hernias, postoperative hernia, umbilical hernia), including minimally invasive surgery
    • Endoscopy and ultrasound (in close cooperation with the Department of Internal Medicine I)
  • Vascular surgery
    • Vascular surgery of the abdominal aorta, including interventional surgery (stent implantation) of the carotid artery, peripheral arteries (nicotinic gangrene) and veins (varicose veins)
    • Pacemaker implantation (in cooperation with the Department of Internal Medicine II), port implantation (on an outpatient basis as well)
  • Transplant surgery
    • Bypass surgery for dialysis access
    • Kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation
    • Donor kidney transplantation, including laparoscopic surgery

The special surgical focuses of the Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Markus M. Heiss are:

  • Cancer surgery (surgery of malignant diseases)
    • Colorectal surgery (colon cancer and rectal cancer)
    • Anal cancer and pre-cancer
    • Surgery for metastases
    • Hepatobiliary surgery:
      • Liver
      • Pancreas and bile ducts
    • Peritoneal cancer / immune therapy
    • Tumors of the esophagus and stomach
  • Minimally invasive surgery and NOTES
  • Obesity surgery
  • Hernia surgery
  • Coloproctology
  • Endocrine surgery

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