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University Hospital Muenster

location_on Muenster, Germany
9.8/10 from 78 Votes

Department of General and Abdominal Surgery (113883)

Norbert Senninger

Prof. Dr. med.

Norbert Senninger

Specialized in: general and abdominal surgery

The Department of General and Abdominal Surgery at the University Hospital Muenster ranks among large university surgery centers of Germany. The Department specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies (gastrointestinal tract) as well as hormone-producing (endocrine) organs. The Department is headed by Prof. Dr.med. Dr.h.c. Norbert Senninger, specialist in surgery, vascular and abdominal surgery. 

Tumor treatment involves the most advanced methods in cooperation with other disciplines (oncology, radiation therapy, interventional radiology). To treat peritoneal carcinosis, there is also provided hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). The Department is certified in the following focuses: Center for Colon and Pancreatic Cancer (by the German Cancer Center), Center for the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract and Pancreas (by the German Society for General and Visceral Surgery), Center for Pelvic Organs (by the German Center for Continence). 

Other priority focuses of the Department are liver, pancreas, small intestine and kidney transplant as well as the treatment of inflammatory bowel and pancreatic diseases. A wide range of common surgical techniques is also completed by all advanced methods of general, visceral and minimally invasive surgery. According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of General and Abdominal Surgery at the University Hospital Muenster ranks among the top German departments specializing in colon cancer treatment!  

Furthermore, the Department is the recognized Center for Implantation of the Venous Infusion Systems (intravenous port, food catheter), dialysis bypass surgery and catheterization. The interdisciplinary Center for Pelvic Organs deals with the treatment of all pelvic floor disorders as well as specific forms of fecal incontinence and defecation disorders. A private Endoscopy Unit specializes in care of postoperative complications with the use of all modern techniques, including vacuum therapy.

The Surgery Unit has state-of-the-art equipment. The primary importance should be given to intraoperative ultrasound diagnosis of tumors, metastases and vessels (Doppler, duplex surgical scan), intraoperative heat treatment (radiofrequency ablation RFA) and selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) for liver tumors as well as intraoperative radiation therapy for tumors (IORT). The success of the therapy as well as analgesic measures is ensured through the activity of the specialized unit (Unit of Anesthesiology and Surgical Intensive Care Medicine) and the Intenive Care Unit. 

The main treatment focuses of the Department include:

  • Pancreas (Center of Excellence in surgical treatment of pancreas)
  • Pelvic organs (incontinence and defecation disorders)
  • Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Small, large intestine, rectum
  • Surgical endoscopy
  • Proctology
  • Liver, gallbladder, bile ducts
  • Stomach
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Esophagus
  • Postoperative care of cancer patients
  • Organ transplantation
  • Thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, adrenal gland
  • Catheter and bypass surgery (Bypass Surgery Center) 
  • Peritoneal carcinosis and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy)

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