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University Hospital Erlangen

Erlangen, Germany


Department of Surgery


Robert Grützmann

Prof. Dr. med.

Robert Grützmann

Specialized in: general surgery, abdominal surgery, vascular surgery

The Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Erlangen ranks among the recognized medical institutions in Germany. The Department provides services with the use of the most advanced technology and ensures the best possible patient safety. There is provided almost the full range of various surgical disciplines by the respective specialists, who maintain a multidisciplinary cooperation within one center. The Department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Robert Grützmann.

The Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Erlangen keeps records of all clinical cases in the cancer register. With the cancer patient database, which is one of the largest in the world (accounting for 29,000 patients with malignancies since 1969), cancer treatment results are constantly monitored. Therefore, the treatment is optimized. This ensures an optimal quality of surgical treatment techniques for cancer patients. According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Erlangen ranks among the top German departments specializing in colon cancer treatment!  

The special treatments, which primarily greatly improve patients’ quality of life, include, for example, special surgery for rectal disorders. In this field the Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Erlangen under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Robert Grützmann plays a leading role in the international surgery with regard to its treatment performance indicators and sphincter preservation rates. The result of an extremely high treatment quality of these cancer patients is that independent external institutes and health insurance organizations ask the Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Erlangen for counseling and recommendations.

The main operative focuses of the Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Erlangen are:

  •  Tumor surgery
    • Tumors of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, thyroid, parathyroid gland
    • Tumors of colon and rectum
    • Malignant melanoma, soft tissue tumors, metastases
    • Adrenal tumors
    • Surgery of peritoneal tumors (peritoneal carcinomatosis / HIPEC)
  •  Gastrointestinal surgery
    • Gallbladder
    • Biliary tracts
    • Hernias
    • Esophagus
    • Stomach
    • Pancreas
    • Duodenum
    • Small intestine
    • Large intestine
    • Metastases
    • Coloproctology
  •  Endocrine surgery
    • Thyroid
    • Parathyroid
    • Adrenal
    • Pancreas
  •  Endoscopic surgery (minimally invasive surgery)
    • Gallbladder
    • Stomach, including obesity and reflux disease
    • Adrenal gland
    • Large, small intestine, rectum
    • Liver
    • Spleen
    • Hyperhidrosis
  •  Robotic surgery (da-Vinci)
  •  Liver and pancreas transplantation
  •  Outpatient operations:
    • Hernias
    • Coloproctology
    • Port catheter
    • Skin and superficial soft tissue tumors
    • Other minor interventions, local or general anesthesia 

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