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Martha-Maria Hospital in Munich

Munich, Germany


Department of General, Abdominal and Thoracic Surgery


Heinrich Fürst

Prof. Dr. med.

Heinrich Fürst

Specialized in: general surgery, visceral surgery, thoracic surgery

Professor Dr. Dr. med. Heinrich Fürst, specialist in general, visceral, thoracic and vascular surgery has been heading the Department of Surgery at the Martha-Maria Hospital in Munich since October 2001 and is the chief physician of the hospital. Previously he was a senior physician and a deputy director of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich (Grosshadern). Professor Dr. Dr. med. Heinrich Fürst was awarded with Nepomuk von Nussbaum prize and Ferdinand Sauerbruch prize in the field of research for his high achievements in scientific and clinical activity.  

The Department of General, Abdominal and Thoracic Surgery at the Martha-Maria Hospital in Munich specializes in endocrine surgery, minimally invasive surgery, gastrointestinal surgery (all diseases of the gastrointestinal tract requiring surgical treatment), lung and vascular surgery as well as emergency surgery. For over 30 years the Department has been a worldwide leader in endocrine surgery. 

As the Center for Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery, the Department of Surgery at the Martha-Maria Hospital in Munich annually performs over 2,000 thyroid and about 300 parathyroid operations. Thus, the Department has already performed over 29,000 thyroid and 3,000 parathyroid operations over the last 20 years. The range of services in the field of endocrine surgery of the Department under the direction of Professor Dr. Dr. med. Heinrich Fürst  is completed by adrenal and pancreatic surgery. 

Thoracic surgery makes up another focus of the Department of Surgery at the Martha-Maria Hospital in Munich. Here are regularly performed all operations on chest and lungs. These mostly include oncological diseases that have dramatically increased in our society. The introduction of minimally invasive surgery on lungs, which is performed in the Martha-Maria Hospital in Munich in its all forms, has become a significant progress for patients. Moreover, there are also treated other lung diseases, such as spontaneous pneumothorax or inflammatory diseases. 

In the field of vascular surgery the Department of Surgery under the direction of Professor Dr. Dr. med. Heinrich Fürst specializes in carotid artery stenosis and varicose vein surgery. 

The following range of medical services of the Department of Surgery at the Martha-Maria Hospital in Munich covers all abdominal surgery and emergency surgery, 24/7 emergency unit, treatment after school or work accidents. All surgical interventions are minimally invasive, if there are corresponding indications for it. Certainly, there are also performed conventional i.e. open operations, as a “keyhole” technique cannot provide a successful treatment for some clinical pictures. Therefore, every patient and every situation receive individual treatment.

A key objective of the competent medical team under the direction of Professor Dr. Dr. med. Heinrich Fürst is not only to provide both successful and optimal treatment, but also to ensure patient’s safety eliminating typical complications. Neuromonitoring is used during the surgery in order to avoid damages of the vocal cords. The operation with the use of telepathology can help to determine, if the removed tissue is benign or malignant. 

The Department of Surgery at the Martha-Maria Hospital in Munich covers the entire spectrum of general surgery.

The main focuses include

  • Endocrine surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery (keyhole surgery)
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Vascular surgery

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