Hospital Nordwest

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Pancreatic cancer treatment with whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy) (program ID: 33871)

Thomas W. Kraus

Prof. Dr. med.

Thomas W. Kraus

Department of General, Abdominal and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Specialized in: general surgery, abdominal surgery, minimally invasive surgery

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Beruflicher Werdegang

  • 2011  Vorstandsmitglied Gesundheitswirtschaft Rhein-Main
  • 2008-2009 Ärztlicher Direktor Krankenhaus Nordwest
  • 2009 Kooperationsarzt Viszeralchirurgie EMMA Klinik für operative Medizin Seligenstadt
  • Seit 2006 Chefarzt der Klinik für Allgemein-, Viszeral- und Minimal Invasive Chirurgie
  • 2004 APL Professur Universität Heidelberg
  • 2003 MBA Krannert Business School, Purdue University / West Lafayette USA GISMA Business School Hannover
  • 2002 Ltd. Oberarzt der Chirurgischen Klinik am Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg, Leitung der Sektion für Transplantation viszeraler Organe am Süddeutschen Transplantationzentrum Heidelberg
  • 2001 Stvt. Leitung Onkologische Chirurgie Uni-Klinik Heidelberg
  • 2001 Leitung Sektion für Transplantation viszeraler Organe, Süddeutsches Transplantationzentrum Heidelberg
  • 2000 Anerkennung Schwerpunkt Viszeralchirurgie
  • 1998 Anerkennung Schwerpunkt Gefäßchirurgie
  • 1997 Habilitation für Chirurgie; Universität Heidelberg
  • 1996 Oberarzt chirurgische Univ. Klinik Heidelberg
  • 1995 Facharztanerkennung Chirurgie
  • 1993 Senior Medical Officer NATO Flottenverband Stanaforland / Adria - Jugoslawien Schiffsarzt Fregatte Bremen Bundesmarine / Wilhelmshaven
  • 1990 Assistenzarzt, Krankenhaus Salem Heidelberg
  • 1988 Assistenzarzt, Chirurg. Univ. Klinik Heidelberg
  • 1987 Bundeswehr Grundwehrdienst - Hochgebirgszug 1. Gebirgsjägerdivision Mittenwald / Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • 1987 Promotion an Universität Heidelberg
  • 1987 Approbation und ECFMG Examina, USA - Gast Approbation
  • 1985-1987 Medizinstudium Westminster Medical School London Charing Cross Medical School London
  • 1981-1984 Medizinstudium Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidelberg
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The Department of General, Visceral and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Hospital Nordwest in Frankfurt am Main provides the full range of general and visceral surgery (with the exception of organ transplantation). The Department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Thomas W. Kraus. There are annually performed over 2,500 surgical procedures and also a large number of endoscopic operations on the digestive system. The Department has 79 beds, which are distributed among 3 sections, as well as additional beds in the interdisciplinary Section of Surgery. 

The Department of General, Visceral and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Hospital Nordwest specializes in the surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of the entire digestive tract, glands, different abdominal wall, diaphragm hernias and obesity. The Department pays key attention to the interdisciplinary patient care that the team of physicians has adjusted quite well. The specialists of the Department always try to give a comprehensive information on all possible treatments, their risks and alternatives. 

The main objective of the Department is to provide modern cancer therapy. There are treated all solid tumors in the abdominal cavity, in the entire digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, rectum) and their complications. To treat various tumors, the Hospital Nordwest has founded interdisciplinary centers. The Bowel Center Frankfurt Nordwest, certified by Onkozert, ranks among the most active at the interregional level. 

The Hospital Nordwest also has a well-developed surgery of gallbladder and bile ducts. There are used all surgical techniques, which are mostly minimally invasive. Liver and pancreatic surgery is considered to be the most difficult one. The Department has a unique competence in this field. The chief physician Prof. Dr. med. Thomas W. Kraus has headed the South German Liver Transplant Center for many years and was the first head of the European Pancreas Center at the Heidelberg University. There are conducted all forms of partial liver resection (metastases) and pancreatic resection. 

The main treatment focuses of the Department of Surgery at the Hospital Nordwest under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Thomas W. Kraus are:

  • Cancer surgery / curative and palliative tumor surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Liver, gallbladder and pancreatic surgery
  • Surgery of the esophagus
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Minimally invasive endoscopic surgery
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery
  • Surgery for hernias / fractures
  • Obesity surgery
  • Plastic reconstructive surgery
  • Port implantation 
  • Surgical intensive care medicine
  • Specialized outpatient counseling

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • case history collection
  • general clinical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • radioimmunoassay
    • proinsulin secretion and C-peptide
    • blood glucose
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • TSH-basal, fT3, fT4
    • tumor markers
    • indicators of inflammation
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • abdominal ultrasound
  • endosongraphy
  • MRI of ches and abdominal cavity
  • endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ercp)
  • preparation according to preoperative standard
  • pancreatoduodenal resection
  • histological examination
  • symptomatic treatment
  • cost of essential medicines
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation in 2 bed shared room
  • explanation of future recommendations


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The program includes:

  • Translation of medical documents up to 4 pages
  • Interpreter up to 3 hours
  • Translation of medical documents up to 8 pages
  • Interpreter up to 5 hours
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 8 hours
  • Insurance in case of extra expenses for the treatment of foreign patients
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 10 hours
  • Insurance in case of extra expenses for the treatment of foreign patients
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 15 hours
  • Insurance in case of extra expenses for the treatment of foreign patients
  • Transfer from the airport to the clinic and back to the airport
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 25 hours
  • Insurance in case of extra expenses for the treatment of foreign patients
  • Transfer from the airport to the clinic and back to the airport
Total costs:

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