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Hospital Neuperlach Munich

location_on Munich, Germany
9.8/10 from 11 Votes

Department of General, Abdominal, Endocrine and Colorectal Surgery (113847)

Natascha Nüssler

Prof. Dr. med.

Natascha Nüssler

Specialized in: general, abdominal, endocrine, colorectal surgery

About the department

The Department of General, Abdominal, Endocrine and Colorectal Surgery at the Hospital Neuperlach Munich provides high-quality surgical treatment of diseases of the abdominal cavity, anterior abdominal wall, colon, anus and pararectal region, as well as endocrine organs (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands). The department specializes in the surgical treatment of both benign and malignant pathologies. Whenever possible, the surgeons use sparing minimally invasive techniques contributing to rapid postoperative recovery and less pain after the intervention. The clinical practice is based on an interdisciplinary approach – the necessary specialists from related medical fields are involved in the therapeutic process, which guarantees the patients the best treatment outcome. The patients' health is in the good hands of a highly qualified medical team consisting of 22 doctors and 60 nursing staff. The medical facility provides treatment to more than 2,600 inpatients and about 2,400 outpatients every year. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Natascha Nüssler.

The specialists in the field of general and abdominal surgery perform surgery to treat pathologies of the digestive tract, namely diseases of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, small intestine, biliary tract, liver and pancreas. The department is proud of its successful experience in the treatment of esophageal, stomach, liver, biliary tract and pancreatic cancers. The surgeons annually perform over 40 stomach resection surgeries, 80 liver resection surgeries, over 400 gallbladder resection surgeries and over 50 pancreatic resection surgeries. When clinically indicated, operations are performed using minimally invasive techniques, in particular for benign diseases and early stages of cancer. In the case of extensive pathological lesions and progressive stages of cancer, the patient in most cases requires a classical open surgery. In addition, the department's doctors have unique experience in the surgical repair of inguinal hernias, incisional hernias and white line hernias. More than 200 patients with a diagnosis of hernia undergo surgery in the department every year. In most cases, even with large hernias, the doctors perform a sparing laparoscopic intervention.

The department is certified by the German Society for General and Abdominal Surgery (DGAV) as a Center of Competence for Pancreatic Surgery. Pancreatic surgery requires high professionalism and skill of surgeons, and therefore the certification confirms the exceptional quality of surgical treatment of pancreatic diseases in the department. The extensive experience of the surgeons working in the medical facility allows them to perform surgical procedures of any complexity, while the risk of postoperative complications is practically zero. The specialists perform pancreatic interventions in patients with malignant tumors or precancerous conditions, chronic pancreatitis and neuroendocrine tumors. The patients with pancreatic diseases are supervised by both surgeons and therapists, which makes it possible to develop the most sparing and effective treatment regimen. It is obvious that surgery is a last-line treatment.

In the field of endocrine surgery, key attention is paid to the surgical treatment of thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal diseases. The most common surgical interventions include resections of both benign and malignant neoplasms of the above endocrine organs. The specialists always prefer laparoscopic surgical techniques, after the use of which the patient recovers as quickly as possible and does not experience severe pain.

As a certified Reference Center for Coloproctology, the department offers its patients the surgical treatment of all benign and malignant diseases of the colon, rectum and anus. The treatment of rectal cancer is of particular interest to the department's team of surgeons. The department holds leading positions in this field throughout Germany. It performs over 200 surgical interventions for rectal cancer every year. In addition, the department's specialists have extensive experience in the surgical treatment of chronic inflammatory bowel disease, namely ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Depending on the stage of the disease, both minimally invasive and open surgical procedures can be performed. In addition, the department's specialization in the field of colorectal surgery includes surgical treatment of anal fistulas, hemorrhoids, anorectal diseases, as well as conservative and surgical treatment of fecal incontinence, including with follow-up reconstructive surgery.

The main clinical focuses of the department include:

  • General and abdominal surgery
    • Surgical treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the abdominal organs and gastrointestinal tract
      • Esophageal diseases
      • Stomach diseases
      • Duodenal diseases
      • Small intestine diseases
      • Biliary tract diseases
      • Pancreatic diseases
      • Liver diseases
    • Hernia repair surgery
      • Inguinal hernia
      • Incisional hernias
      • White line hernia
  • Endocrine surgery
    • Surgical treatment of thyroid diseases
    • Surgical treatment of parathyroid diseases
    • Surgical treatment of adrenal diseases
  • Colorectal surgery
    • Surgical treatment of colon, rectal and anual diseases
      • Rectal cancer (special focus)
      • Chronic inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease)
      • Anal fistula
      • Hemorrhoids
      • Anorectal diseases
      • Fecal incontinence
  • Other surgical options

Curriculum vitae

Higher Education and Professional Career

  • 1984 - 1991 Study of Human Medicine, Free University of Berlin.
  • 1991 - 2001 Assistant Physician, Charite University Hospital Berlin, Campus Virchow.
  • 2001 - 2007 Senior Physician, Department of General, Abdominal and Transplant Surgery, Charite University Hospital Berlin, Campus Virchow.
  • Since 2007 Chief Physician of the Department of General, Abdominal, Endocrine and Colorectal Surgery at the Hospital Neuperlach Munich.

Scientific Activities

  • 1993 Doctoral thesis defense in Medicine, magna cum laude, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Free University of Berlin. Thesis subject: "Studies of the effect of 16,16-dimethyl-prostaglandin E2 and prostaglandin synthesis inhibitors – acetylsalicylic acid and indomethacin – on the activity of carbonic anhydrase in the pineal gland and kidneys of chickens".
  • 1993 - 1995 Internship abroad, University of Pittsburgh, USA.
  • 2001 Habilitation.Thesis subject: "The role of intraepithelial lymphocytes, oxidative stress and endogenous defense mechanisms in maintaining the integrity of the intestinal mucosa".

Specialization and Additional Qualifications

  • General surgery.
  • Abdominal surgery.
  • Vascular surgery.

Clinical Interests

  • Abdominal surgery and surgical treatment of gastrointestinal tumors.
  • Surgical treatment of esophageal and stomach diseases.
  • Surgical treatment of liver and biliary tract diseases (hepatobiliary surgery).
  • Surgical treatment of pancreatic diseases.
  • Hernia repair (minimally invasive and classic interventions).

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • Professional Association of German Surgeons.
  • Working Group on Liver, Biliary Tract, Pancreatic Surgery (CA-LGP).
  • Working Group on Cancer Surgery (CAO-V).
  • German Society for General and Abdominal Surgery (since July 2019 – Board Member).
  • German Society of Surgery (2006 - 2008 – Board Member).
  • European Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.
  • Convention of Leading Hospital Surgeons (1st Chairman, 2012 - 2014).
  • Bavarian Association of Surgeons.
  • Association for Surgical Oncology (ASO).

Photo of the doctor: (c) München Klinik Neuperlach

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