St. Remigius Hospital Opladen Leverkusen

Department of Abdominal and Thoracic Surgery (303015)

Dirk R. Wassenberg

Dr. med.

Dirk R. Wassenberg

Specialized in: abdominal surgery, thoracic surgery

About the department

The Department of Abdominal and Thoracic Surgery in St. Remigius Krankenhaus Opladen Clinic offers surgical treatment of the entire gastrointestinal tract, lungs, chest wall and mediastinum. There are 45 beds available for patient. The Department has two operating rooms for performing numerous interventions, as well as outpatient surgeries. The Department covers a broad range of services and closely cooperates with other departments of the hospital. The Head of the Department is Dr. med. Dirk R. Wassenberg. 

In the field of abdominal surgery, the St. Remigius Hospital Opladen focuses on benign diseases, such as inguinal, ventral and umbilical hernia or acid reflux symptoms, as well as on the treatment of malignant diseases of the digestive tract. The surgery of colon tumors is a separate focus. Within the framework of interdisciplinary consultations, pathologists, radiologists, oncologists and radiologists develop individual treatment programs for each individual patient. Since surgical treatment alone is not always sufficient, the desired success is often achieved only by a combination of surgery with chemo- and radiotherapy. The goal of intestine cancer treatment is to constantly support patients' treatment at the current medical level, as well as to regularly check and improve the work. Therefore, the Intestine Cancer Center was tested within DIN EN ISO 9001: 2008 certification and has confirmed its high quality medical care. 

The surgical treatment of thyroid and parathyroid diseases is an integral part of abdominal surgery. The new surgical techniques, such as neuromonitoring and ultrasonic dissection enable avoiding of possible complications, for example, paralysis of the vocal cords. 

Thoracic surgery involves the treatment of all benign and malignant diseases of the lungs and esophagus. A special focus is on the treatment of malignant lung tumors. If the lung tumor has limited localization, the surgery will provide the best chances of recovery. Therefore, preference is given to surgery as compared to all other treatments. The size of the tumor and its localization determine the required extend of surgical intervention. The standard techniques at the St. Remigius Hospital Opladen include the removal of one lung lobe and organ preservation surgery, as well as the removal of the whole half of the lung, the so-called pneumonectomy. Nowadays, organ preservation surgery allows in many cases to avoid pneumonectomy, which used to be a standard surgical technique. This provides advantages for the patient’s quality of life, as well as for radiation therapy and chemotherapy that can be needed in the future. 

The surgical treatment of metastases (= removal of lung tumor metastases) is another priority focus of the Department. Through a new surgical technique involving a diode laser, these secondary foci can be eliminated with the best possible accurateness. As a result, only the tenth part of healthy lung tissues will be removed as compared to traditional techniques. The Department is also specialized in the surgical correction of congenital deformities of the chest, e.g., pectus excavatum, treatment of pleural and mediastinal tumors, which are found between lung lobes. 
The service range of the Department of Abdominal and Thoracic Surgery is completed by pacemaker installation, surgical treatment of varicose veins and phimosis, port installation, for example, for chemotherapy, dialysis catheters or the treatment of skin and soft tissue diseases, as well as the secondary medical care in the field of pediatric surgery. 

Treatment focuses of the department of Abdominal and Thoracic surgery include:

  • Intestinal surgery
  • Proctology
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Stomach surgery
  • Liver surgery
  • Pancreatic surgery
  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
  • Treatment of non-small cell lung cancer
  • Metastases in the lungs (surgery with the use of a diode laser)
  • Pleural mesothelioma (pleural cancer)
  • Tumors of the mediastinum
  • Tumors of the chest wall
  • Pectus excavatum
  • Intestine Cancer Center of the Kplus St. Remigius Leverkusen
  • Rheinisch-Bergisch Center for Lung Diseases

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