University Hospital Marburg UKGM

location_on Marburg, Germany
8.6/10 from 18 Votes

Department of Abdominal, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (77)

Detlef K. Bartsch

Prof. Dr. med.

Detlef K. Bartsch

Specialized in: abdominal surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery

The Department of Abdominal, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at the University Hospital Marburg UKGM treats almost all surgical diseases. The spectrum includes all diseases of the internal organs and glands, lungs, abdominal wall and all vessels outside the thorax. In addition, the department performs organ transplantations (kidney, pancreas). The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Detlef K. Bartsch.

Surgical oncology is among the main focuses of the department. The department performs surgery for patients with malignant tumors of the entire digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, liver, bile duct and gallbladder, pancreas, small and large intestine), lungs and mediastinum between the two lobes of the lung, as well as of the endocrine glands (thyroid, adrenal and pancreas). In 2016, the specialists of the department performed over 3,400 operations on the pancreas, while 500 of them were performed on the colon and rectum, over 150 interventions on the stomach and duodenum and over 100 procedures on the pancreas. 

Many surgical procedures can be performed laparoscopically or this can be robotic-assisted surgery (minimally invasive surgery). The advantages of laparoscopy include not only a cosmetic aspect. After surgery patients have less pain, can restore their normal mobility quicker and rarely suffer from infrequent wound infections or ventral hernias.

The department offers treatment of the following common diseases:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Diseases of the colon and rectum 
  • Familial pancreatic cancer
  • Neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Esophagus and stomach

Endocrine surgery is another focus of the department. The department enjoys an excellent national and international reputation in research devoted to the development and treatment of diseases of the endocrine glands. With a high treatment effectiveness and good results of surgical interventions, the department has been certified by the German Society for General and Visceral Surgery as one of four Reference Centers for Endocrine Surgery, as well as the Center of Excellence (1 of 20 in Europe) of the European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (ENETS). 

The range of medical services of the department includes the following focuses

  • Surgical oncology
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Disorders of the pancreas
  • Diseases of the esophagus and stomach
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Robotic-assisted surgery (DaVinvi)
  • Vascular surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Transplant surgery 
  • Minor surgical interventions
  • Outpatient surgery 

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