Academic Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe

location_on Karlsruhe, Germany
9.8/10 from 29 Votes

Department of Pediatric Surgery (590806)

Peter Schmittenbecher

Prof. Dr. med.

Peter Schmittenbecher

Specialized in: pediatric surgery

About the department

The Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Academic Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe offers all the options of modern medicine for the treatment of surgical diseases in young patients – from the first days of birth to adolescence. Medical care is provided both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. In addition, in urgent clinical cases, children receive surgical care within the Emergency Unit. The quality of medical service at the medical facility is awarded by prestigious German certification Ausgezeichnet für Kinder of the Children's Hospital Association in Germany. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Peter Schmittenbecher.

The ​​priority of the department's doctors includes the surgical treatment of diseases of the abdominal organs, respiratory system, injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system, urological pathologies. The spectrum is also complemented by neurosurgical interventions, plastic surgery and operations to remove benign and malignant neoplasms in children. To make an accurate diagnosis, the doctors carry out such examinations as esophageal pH test, anorectal manometry, urodynamic examinations, etc. To achieve optimal treatment results, the innovative surgical techniques are widely used. These include minimally invasive interventions, endoscopic procedures and laser therapy.

Within the Surgical Emergency Unit, the department annually treats about 15,000 patients, including 2,000 cases of injuries in kindergarten or at school.

The department provides top-class consulting services to more than 12,000 outpatients and 2,500 inpatients. The department's pediatric surgeons carry out more than 2,500 surgical interventions annually.

The department's range of surgical services includes:

  • General pediatric surgery
    • Neonatal surgery
      • Correction of esophageal atresia (obstruction) 
      • Correction of atresia of the small, large intestine, rectum
      • Correction of diaphragmatic malformation
      • Correction of pulmonary malformations
      • Correction of bile duct malformations
      • Correction of congenital anorectal malformations 
    • Surgical treatment of inguinal hernias
    • Surgical treatment of umbilical hernias
    • Surgical removal of the appendix
    • Treatment of bile duct stones
    • Correction of bowel obstruction
    • Resection of tumors of the abdominal cavity and thorax, including tumors of the liver, spleen and pancreas
    • Resection of abnormal skin changes (for example, hemangiomas, nevi)
  • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Appendix removal
    • Treatment of gastrointestinal reflux
    • Testis detection in case of undescended testicle
    • Varicocele correction
    • Treatment of ovarian cysts or tumors
    • Dilatation of renal pelvis stenosis
    • Correction of intestinal invaginations
    • Diagnostics of abdominal pain of unknown origin
    • Correction of spontaneous pneumothorax
    • Treatment of pulmonary empyema
    • Resection of lung metastases in cancer pathology of another location (rarely)
  • Pediatric orthopedics (congenital and acquired diseases and malformations of the skeleton, muscles and tendons)
    • Foot malformations (for example, clubfoot, heel foot, toe deformities)
    • Hand malformations (for example, syndactyly)
    • Hip malformations (for example, Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis)
    • Spinal deformities (scoliosis, kyphosis)
    • Axial foot deformities
    • Limb length discrepancy 
    • Benign and malignant musculoskeletal neoplasms
  • Pediatric urology (congenital and acquired diseases of the kidneys, bladder, ureters, urethra and genitals in boys)
    • Urination problems (for example, enuresis)
    • Duplex kidney
    • Renal pelvis stenosis
    • Urethral valves
    • Reflux
    • Genitourinary infections
    • Congenital malformations (hypospadias, undescended testicle, testicular torsion)
  • Pediatric traumatology (treatment of injuries of any severity)
  • Pediatric neurosurgery (surgical treatment of diseases of the nervous system)
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Spina bifida
    • Cranium bifidum
    • Skull fractures
    • Cerebral hemorrhages
  • Correction of thoracic deformities
    • Pectus carinatum
    • Pectus excavatum
  • Treatment of vascular malformations (focus on hemangiomas)
  • Other surgical options

Curriculum vitae

Professional Career

  • Since 06.2007 Chief Physician of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Academic Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe.
  • 10.1997 - 04.2007 Leading Senior Physician, Acting Head of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the St. Hedwig Hospital Brothers of Mercy, Regensburg.
  • 05.1985 - 09.1997 Assistant in advanced training, Department of Pediatric Surgery and Department of Surgery at the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Doctoral Thesis

  • 1987 Doctoral thesis defense. Subject: "An experimental study of the short bowel syndrome".


  • 2008 "VIP receptors in disorders of the nervous regulation of the gastrointestinal function".

Research Focuses

  • Injuries in children.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • German Society of Surgery (DGCH).
  • German Society of Pediatric Surgery (DGKCH).
  • German Trauma Society (DGU).

Membership in Committees and Commissions

  • Commission on the Development of Guidelines of the German Society of Pediatric Surgery.
  • Standing Commission on Advanced Training in Surgical Specialties.

Photo of the doctor: (с) Städtisches Klinikum Karlsruhe 

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