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Surgical treatment of thyroid cancer with thyroidectomy (program ID: 139697)

University Hospital Muenster

location_on Muenster, Germany
9.8/10 from 78 Votes
Specialized hospital
Andreas Pascher

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Andreas Pascher

Specialized in: general, abdominal, transplant surgery

Department of General, Abdominal and Transplant Surgery

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • case history collection
  • general clinical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • TSH-basal, fT3, fT4
    • tumor markers (thyroglobulin (Tg), Tg Antibody (TgAb))
    • indicators of inflammation
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • thyroid ultrasound 
  • CT/MRI scanners
  • thyroid scintigraphy
  • biopsy and histological examination
  • preoperative care
  • thyroidectomy
  • symptomatic treatment
  • cost of essential medicines
  • nursing services
  • stay in the hospital with full board
  • full hospital accommodation
  • elaboration further recommendations
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About the department

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of General, Abdominal and Transplant Surgery at the University Hospital Muenster is ranked among the top German medical facilities specializing in bowel cancer treatment!

The department offers the full range of services in these medical fields. The main clinical focuses include the surgical treatment of abdominal oncopathology, robotic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, endoscopy, organ transplantation and intensive care after surgical treatment. The department's doctors have special competence in the treatment of intestinal, pancreatic, stomach and liver cancers (certification of the German Cancer Society). The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Pascher.

The department is a recognized Center of Excellence in pancreatic surgery. For many years, the department's surgeons have performed a large number of operations on the pancreas (the special focus is on the surgical treatment of pancreatic cancer) with high success rates. The treatment is based on an interdisciplinary collaboration. The department's specialists also offer the advanced experience in the treatment of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, particularly Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The surgical therapy is used in the treatment of acute or chronic complications.

Another department’s key focus is small bowel and rectal surgery. The department's doctors perform more than 200 operations on these organs annually. The most common pathologies include diverticulitis, benign intestinal polyps and colon cancer. In addition, the department’s tasks include the treatment of liver diseases, especially liver cancer and liver metastases. In the treatment of peritoneal cancer, the innovative HIPEC treatment technique is widely used, which combines a surgical removal of the peritoneum (peritonectomy, cytoreductive surgery) with washing the abdominal cavity with a heated solution of chemotherapeutic drugs (hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC)). As a combination of the surgical intervention and drug therapy, this unique technique is available only in a few specialized surgery centers in Germany. The therapy gives excellent results and often saves patients' lives even in the most complex clinical cases.

It should be noted that the department is one of the largest German transplantation centers, which performs all modern types of abdominal transplantations (liver, pancreas, kidney and small intestine). At the moment, the department's surgeons have performed more than 2,500 kidney transplantations, 300 liver transplantations, 50 pancreatic transplantations and 4 small intestine transplantations.

The major purpose of the department’s medical team is to provide patients with the most effective and at the same time sparing treatment, if possible using minimally invasive techniques. The department also has excellent technical equipment in order to carry out robotic surgery, which today is a breakthrough in modern medicine.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of pancreatic diseases
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors
    • Cystic tumors of the pancreas (for example, intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm)
    • Pancreatic pseudocysts
    • Chronic and acute pancreatitis
    • Endocrine pancreatic insufficiency (diabetes mellitus)
    • Pancreatic malformations
    • Traumatic pancreatic injuries
    • Benign tumors (adenomas) of the major duodenal papilla
    • Cancer of the major duodenal papilla
      • Diagnostics
        • Multidetector spiral computed tomography
        • Combined PET-CT technique
        • Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography
        • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
        • Endoscopic ultrasound examinations
        • Endoscopic needle biopsy
      • Therapy
        • Pancreatic head resection according to Traverso-Longmire
        • Pancreatic head resection according to Kausch-Whipple
        • Left-sided pancreatic resection
        • Pancreatotomy
        • Duodenum-preserving pancreatic head resection according to Frey or Beger
        • Pancreatic drainage surgery (Partington-Rochelle technique)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of pelvic floor and fecal incontinence
    • Internal rectal prolapse and rectocele
    • Slow transit constipation
    • Bowel obstruction
    • External rectal prolapse
    • Fecal incontinence
      • Diagnostics
        • Endoscopy
        • Manometry
        • 3D endosonography
        • Defecography
      • Therapy
        • Stimulation of the pelvic floor sacral nerves
        • Sphincter reconstruction
        • Stapled transanal rectal resection (STARR)
        • Laparoscopic ventral rectopexy
        • Laparoscopic resection rectopexy
        • Rectal resection (Altemeier procedure)
        • Laparoscopic colectomy with ileorectostomy
  • Diagnostics and treatment of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis)
    • Strictureplasty in stenoses
    • Minimally invasive techniques
    • J-Pouch procedure
  • Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the small and large intestine, rectum
    • Diverticulitis
    • Benign bowel polyps
    • Colon cancer
  • Diagnostics and treatment of anal and rectal diseases (proctology)
    • Rigid and flexible recto-/sigmoidoscopy
    • Transrectal endoscopic ultrasonography with 3D reconstruction
    • Rectoscopy
    • Proctoscopy in hemorrhoid or rectal tumors
    • Sphincter manometry
    • Conservative therapy of hemorrhoids (hardening and ligature)
    • Surgical treatment of hemorrhoids, including Longo procedure
    • Conservative and surgical treatment of anal fissures
    • Surgical treatment of anal fistulas
    • Transanal endoscopic microsurgery
    • Sphincter reconstruction
    • STARR operation
    • Sacral nerve stimulation
    • Exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, including Biofeedback technique
  • Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the endocrine organs (thyroid, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts
    • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Installation of port systems in liver diseases
    • Typical and atypical liver resections (also in liver cirrhosis)
    • Two-stage resections
    • Ablative treatment methods in liver diseases (radiofrequency laser-induced thermoablation, cryoablation)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of esophageal and stomach diseases
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
    • Zenker's diverticulum
    • Esophageal cancer
    • Stomach cancer
    • Gastritis
    • Stomach ulcer
    • Benign tumors of the esophagus and stomach
  • Diagnostics and treatment of peritoneal cancer (one of the few medical facilities in Germany, which offers the innovative HIPEC therapy)
  • Transplantation surgery
    • Liver transplantation
    • Kidney transplantation
    • Pancreas transplantation
    • Small bowel transplantation
  • Robotic surgery
    • Upper gastrointestinal surgery
      • Operations on the esophagus and stomach (benign and malignant tumors)
      • Bariatric surgery in morbid obesity
    • Diaphragmatic surgery
      • Diaphragmatic rupture
      • Gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn)
    • Surgery of the small and large intestine, rectum
      • Removal of malignant tumors
      • Diverticular disease treatment (inflammation of intestinal diverticula)
    • Pancreatic and liver surgery
      • Removal of malignant and benign tumors
    • Spleen surgery (spleen removal)
  • Endoscopy
    • Endoscopic diagnostics
      • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
      • Endosonography of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas
      • Examination of the biliary tract and pancreas (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
      • Diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy
      • Bronchoscopy (for example, in lung tumors or metastases)
    • Endoscopic therapy
      • Esophageal stent implantation
      • Endoscopic stone removal
      • Stent implantation in the pancreatic and bile ducts
      • Endosonography-guided puncture
      • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
      • Installation of PEG probes for artificial nutrition
  • Special treatment methods
    • Intraoperative radiation therapy
    • Neuromonitoring in thyroid surgery
    • Radiofrequency ablation
    • Preoperative liver function monitoring
    • Transarterial liver chemoembolization
    • MARS therapy
    • Functional neuromonitoring of the pelvic organs during bowel surgery
  • Other diseases, diagnostic and therapeutic methods

Curriculum vitae

On 1 April 2018, Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Pascher was appointed as the Head of the Department of General, Abdominal and Transplant Surgery at the University Hospital Muenster. Prior to this, the doctor held the position of Deputy Head of the Department of Surgery at the University Hospital Charite, as well as the Medical Director of the Charité Campus Mitte. During his work at the Charité, the main areas of his specialization included oncological and reconstructive abdominal surgery. As of today, while holding the position at the University Hospital Muenster, Professor focused his activities on computerized surgery and sparing imaging-guided surgical techniques.

In 2017, Doctor received Von Langenbeck Prize for his outstanding scientific achievements in the field of small bowel and multivisceral transplantation. This prize is one of the most prestigious awards of the German Society of Surgery and it is awarded for special scientific achievements in surgery.


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