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University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

location_on Dresden, Germany
9.1/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Abdominal and Colorectal Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (292205)

Jürgen Weitz

Prof. Dr. med.

Jürgen Weitz

Specialized in: abdominal and colorectal surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, hernia surgery, bariatric surgery, endocrine surgery, thoracic and vascular surgery

About the Department of Abdominal and Colorectal Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

The Department of Abdominal and Colorectal Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden offers the full range of services in these medical fields. It provides surgical treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, thyroid and parathyroid glands, thoracic organs, vascular system, rectum, anus and colon. In addition, the department performs bariatric interventions for the treatment of morbid obesity. A special focus is made on the treatment of gastrointestinal cancer. Minimally invasive surgical techniques are always preferred, if clinically indicated. The team of the department's surgeons has 8 progressive operating rooms equipped with everything necessary for successful treatment. The department also has the da Vinci Xi surgical system for high-precision minimally invasive robot-assisted interventions. The patient's health is in the safe hands of the best German surgeons who have gone through a rigorous selection and have vast clinical experience. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Weitz.

Since 2014, the department has been a certified Gastrointestinal Cancer Center. The very latest diagnostic and therapeutic techniques are practiced and implemented here to ensure optimal medical care for patients with malignant tumors of the stomach, esophagus, small and large intestine, rectum, liver, biliary tract, and abdominal soft tissues. Of particular interest is pancreatic cancer treatment.

A special focus in the department is on vascular and endovascular surgery. About 75% of all vascular interventions are performed using a combined open and endovascular technique, or using endovascular technique (namely, a catheter) alone. The range of medical services includes all open and interventional surgical options for the optimal treatment of artery and vein pathologies – from varicose veins or "window shopper's disease" to endovascular and open surgeries on the arteries of internal organs, thoracic and abdominal aorta, as well as aortic arch.

In the field of thoracic surgery, the experienced department's specialists practice all modern surgical techniques for the treatment of diseases of the lungs, thoracic wall and mediastinal organs. The treatment of pulmonary diseases mostly involves the use of an innovative sparing surgical technique – video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). This method avoids a traumatic thoracotomy, which is required in case of classic open surgery.

The department's colorectal surgeons are responsible for the treatment of hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse, anal fissures, anal abscesses and fistulas. The first-line treatment is drug therapy, but if medications do not give a satisfactory result, then surgery is prescribed to the patient.

The department's surgical options are complemented by bariatric interventions for the treatment of morbid obesity, hepatobiliary interventions for the treatment of liver, gallbladder and biliary tract diseases, as well as operations for the treatment of endocrine glands. In addition, the department's team of surgeons has successful experience in the surgical treatment of inguinal, umbilical, and incisional hernias. Preference is always given to sparing minimally invasive techniques that exclude extensive skin and soft tissue incisions.

The department's main clinical focuses include:

  • Abdominal surgery
    • Minimally invasive surgery, interventions using the da Vinci surgical system
      • Liver resection (also for cancers)
      • Pancreatic resection (also for cancers)
      • Stomach resection (also for cancers)
      • Colon resection (also for cancers)
      • Rectal resection (also for cancers)
      • Fundoplication
      • Splenectomy
      • Adrenalectomy
      • Appendectomy
      • Cholecystectomy
      • Transabdominal preperitoneal hernia repair
      • Total extraperitoneal hernia repair
      • Intraperitoneal mesh overlay for incisional hernia
      • Cardiomyotomy
    • Esophagus and stomach surgery
      • Esophageal diverticulum removal
      • Thoracoabdominal esophageal resection
      • Subtotal and total gastrectomy
      • Billroth I or II resection
      • Fundoplication
      • Ulcer treatment 
      • Gastroenterostomy
      • Jejunostomy
    • Pancreatic surgery
      • Pancreatic head resection with pylorus preservation or a Whipple procedure
      • Extended pancreatic resection with vascular reconstruction or prosthetics
      • Pancreatotomy
      • Pancreatic head resection with duodenal preservation
      • Cystic tumor enucleation 
      • Pancreatic islet transplantation
    • Spleen surgery
      • Splenectomy (open or laparoscopic)
    • Soft tissue surgery
      • Regional lymph nodes (armpit, groin) removal
      • Soft tissue tumor biopsy
      • Resection of soft tissue tumors on the body and limbs
      • Lymph node removal
    • Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, ovarian cancer, and pseudomyxoma peritonei
  • Hepatobiliary surgery
    • Extended hemihepatectomy, left or right hepatectomy
    • Extended or partial liver resection with vena cava prosthetics
    • Bilateral liver resection
    • Portal venous embolization, In-Situ-Split technique
    • Liver resection with combined use of ablation techniques
    • Segmental resection
    • Laparoscopic examinations and liver biopsy
    • Application of biliodigestive anastomosis
    • Radiofrequency ablation (percutaneous or open surgery)
  • Colorectal surgery
    • Deep anterior rectal resection
    • Rectal extirpation
    • Sigmoid colon resection
    • Hemicolectomy (right- and left-sided, extended)
    • Colostomy placement
    • Surgical interventions in patients with inflammatory bowel disease
    • Hemorrhoidectomy
    • Laparoscopic rectopexy
    • Anal fistula removal
    • Anal abscess treatment
  • Bariatric surgery
    • Gastric bypass surgery
    • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
  • Endocrine surgery
    • Thyroidectomy
    • Parathyroidectomy
    • Adrenalectomy
  • Hernia surgery
    • Inguinal hernia herniotomy
    • Umbilical hernia herniotomy
    • Incisional hernia herniotomy
  • Thoracic surgery
    • Pneumonectomy with radical lymphadenectomy
    • Lung lobe resection with radical lymphadenectomy
    • Segmental or atypical lung lobe resection 
    • Mediastinoscopy with biopsy or lymph node removal
    • Diagnostic and therapeutic video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
    • Surgical removal of bronchial carcinoma
    • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery
    • Robot-assisted thoracic surgery
    • Surgical removal of lung metastases (including laser surgery)
    • Thoracic wall and diaphragmatic tumor removal
    • Mediastinal tumor removal
    • Emergency surgical care for injuries and infections
    • Septic thoracic surgery
  • Vascular surgery
    • Surgery for occlusive peripheral arterial disease
    • Surgery for acute circulatory disorders of the lower extremities, embolism in the upper and lower extremities
    • Surgery for intestinal artery stenosis (chronic abdominal ischemic disease)
    • Surgery for varicose veins
    • Surgery for aneurysms
    • Formation of vascular access for dialysis
    • Surgery for supra-aortic vascular pathologies
    • Surgery for aortic pathologies
    • Surgery for deep vein thrombosis, phlegmasia, pathologies of the internal iliac arteries
    • Surgery for carotid artery stenosis
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Weitz

Academic Degrees

  • 1986 - 1993 Doctor of Medicine, Heidelberg University, Germany, and Duke University, Durham, USA.
  • 2004 - 2005/2006 Master of Science in Healthcare Management, Heidelberg University.

Medical Training

  • 11.1993 - 04.1995 Internship, Department of Surgery, Heidelberg University, Germany.
  • 05.1995 - 10.2000 Resident, Department of Surgery, Heidelberg University, Germany.
  • 12.1999 Board certification in Surgery.
  • Since 05.2001 Practicing Surgeon, Department of Surgery, Heidelberg University, Germany.
  • 07.2001 Board certification in esophagogastroduodenoscopy.
  • 07.2001 - 12.2002 Scholarship, Cancer Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA.
  • Since 01.2004 Head of the Department of Cancer Surgery and Deputy Head of the Department of Kidney Transplantation, Heidelberg University, Germany.
  • 03.2005 Board certification in Abdominal Surgery.
  • 04.2005 Board certification in Surgical Intensive Care.
  • 01.2006 - 12.2006 Clinical Rotation in Vascular Surgery, Department of Vascular Surgery, Heidelberg University, Germany.
  • 07.2009 Head Physician in the Department of Surgery, Heidelberg University, Germany.
  • 08.2011 Deputy Head of the Transplant Surgery Unit, Department of Surgery, Heidelberg University, Germany.
  • Since 09.2012 Head of the Department of Abdominal and Colorectal Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden.

Academic Activities

  • 1993 Doctoral thesis, Heidelberg University (under the direction of Prof. H. zur Hausen), German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, work on the human papillomavirus and its interaction with the host cell.
  • 2001 Habilitation in Surgery, Heidelberg University, work on disseminated tumor cells in colorectal carcinoma.
  • 2005 Professor of Surgery, Heidelberg University.
  • Since 2005 Head of the Department of Molecular Oncology, Department of Surgery, Heidelberg University, Germany.
  • Since 2009 Head of KFO 227 (from primary tumor progression to metastases), Working Group of the German Research Foundation.
  • 12.2011 Professor of Cancer Surgery, Department of Surgery, Heidelberg University, Germany.

Qualifications and Board Certifications

  • Board certification in Surgery, Abdominal Surgery.
  • Surgical Intensive Care.
  • Emergency Medical Care.
  • Surgical training in Vascular Surgery (Department of Vascular Surgery, Heidelberg University).
  • Scholarship, Cancer Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA.

Clinical Interests

  • Abdominal Surgery: Hepatobiliary Surgery, Pancreatic Surgery, Esophageal and Gastric Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Endocrine Surgery.
  • Cancer Surgery.
  • Transplantation Surgery.
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Scientific Interests

  • Tumor progression, tumor immunology and angiogenesis in colorectal and pancreatic cancer.
  • Clinical research in abdominal surgery, transplantation surgery and cancer surgery.
  • Meta-analyzes.

Memberships in Scientific Societies

  • German Society of Surgery, Section of Oncology.
  • German Society of General and Visceral Surgery.
  • German Cancer Society.
  • Society of Surgical Oncology.
  • German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases.
  • International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons.

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