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University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

location_on Munich, Germany
9.8/10 from 70 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric General, Abdominal, Hepatobiliary, Endocrine, Thoracic and Hernia Surgery (285)

Helmut Friess

Prof. Dr. med.

Helmut Friess

Specialized in: adult and pediatric general, abdominal, hepatobiliary, endocrine, thoracic and hernia surgery

About the Department of Adult and Pediatric General, Abdominal, Hepatobiliary, Endocrine, Thoracic and Hernia Surgery at University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

The Department of Adult and Pediatric General, Abdominal, Hepatobiliary, Endocrine, Thoracic and Hernia Surgery at the University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich offers the full range of services in these fields. The team of the department's surgeons is rightfully proud of their high professionalism and successfully performs operations of varying degrees of complexity for diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid glands, stomach, esophagus, intestines, pancreas, liver, biliary tract, lungs. The medical facility also performs surgery for inguinal, umbilical and incisional hernias. The department has four high-tech operating rooms equipped with advanced surgical instruments, computer systems, devices for intraoperative ultrasound scanning, radiography, etc. Whenever possible, the department's surgeons perform low-traumatic laparoscopic procedures, after which patients need to spend only a few days in the hospital. The department has 100 beds for patient hospitalization.

The Head Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Helmut Friess. According to the Focus magazine, the professor ranks among the top German doctors specializing in abdominal surgery and surgical treatment of gastrointestinal cancer.

The department is a certified Colon and Pancreatic Cancer Center (certification of the German Cancer Society), part of the certified Cancer Center of the University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich. In addition, the department is recognized as the Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Surgery (German Society for General and Abdominal Surgery). All these achievements indicate that the department provides high quality treatment at the highest technical and professional level.

In the field of general and abdominal surgery, the department's doctors most often perform operations for diseases of the stomach, bowel and esophagus: stomach ulcers, internal bleeding, gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal obstruction, intestinal, stomach and esophageal malignancies. The operation is the last-line therapy, and therefore the department's doctors carefully study the results of the patient's examination, assess the risks and benefits of the operation, and then offer the patient possible treatment options. In most cases, surgical interventions on the stomach, intestines and esophagus are performed using sparing minimally invasive techniques that exclude extensive skin and soft tissue incisions, which ensure a rapid recovery after the intervention.

The department's hepatobiliary surgeons perform surgical treatment of liver, gallbladder and biliary tract diseases. Surgery to resect benign and malignant liver neoplasms are successfully performed in the department's operating rooms. When performing the intervention, the surgeon removes the tumor and the affected adjacent tissues or even part of the liver. Gallbladder and biliary tract surgery is most often performed to remove calculi in these organs.

An important area of ​​work for the team of surgeons of the medical facility is the surgical treatment of endocrine disorders: thyroid and parathyroid gland diseases. In most cases, partial resection or total removal of these endocrine glands are indicated to patients, after which they receive hormone replacement therapy.

In the field of hernia repair surgery, the department's specialization includes surgical procedures for umbilical, inguinal and incisional hernias. Hernioplasty is performed using minimally invasive techniques, so the patient does not require long-term hospitalization. In most cases, special meshes are used to correct the protrusion of tissues and internal organs of the abdominal cavity beyond its limits, which help to eliminate the hernia and prevent its recurrence.

The department's surgical options are complemented by thoracic surgery. Of key interest is the resection of lung tumors and lung metastases. The department's specialists prefer modern surgical techniques – video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. Such surgical interventions do not require thoracotomy, which is associated with high risks to the patient's health. In addition, the patient does not experience severe pain and can leave the hospital as soon as possible.

The department's range of medical services includes:

  • General and abdominal surgery
    • Surgery for stomach, bowel and esophageal diseases, including innovative therapies against cancer: hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) and treatment using the NanoKnife system
    • Appendectomy
    • Cholecystectomy
  • Hepatobiliary surgery
    • Hepatobiliary surgery for liver, gallbladder and biliary tract diseases
  • Endocrine surgery
    • Surgery for thyroid and parathyroid diseases
  • Thoracic surgery
    • Surgery for lung tumors and lung metastases
  • Hernia surgery
    • Surgery for inguinal, umbilical and incisional hernias
  • Other surgical options

Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. med. Helmut Friess

University Education and Postgraduate Training

  • 1982 - 1988 Faculty of Medicine, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany.
  • 1990 Thesis: "The role of gastrointestinal hormones in adaptation of the pancreas after gastrectomy", Ulm University, Germany.
  • 1998 Habilitation: "Growth factors and growth factor receptors in pancreatic cancer", University of Bern, Switzerland.
  • 2003 Professor, Pancreatic Surgery and Pancreatic Molecular Research, Heidelberg University, Germany.

Professional Career

  • 1988 - 1991 Internship, Department of General Surgery, University Hospital Ulm.
  • 1991 - 1992 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of General Surgery, University Hospital Ulm.
  • 1992 - 1993 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine, USA, Department of Medicine and Biological Chemistry.
  • 1993 - 1996 Resident, Department of General and Transplant Surgery, University Hospital Bern.
  • 1996 - 2001 Surgeon, Department of General and Transplant Surgery, University Hospital Bern.
  • 2001 - 2007 Deputy Head, Department of General and Abdominal Surgery, Traumatology at the University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • Since 07.2007 Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric General, Abdominal, Hepatobiliary, Endocrine, Thoracic and Hernia Surgery at the University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich.

Awards and Prizes

  • 2005 Dr. Hella Bühler Prize for Research in Oncology, Heidelberg University.
  • 2003 Ethicon Prize, CAMIC.
  • 2003 Winner of the Feldbausch Foundation Prize, Heidelberg.
  • 2002 Honorable Mention of the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
  • 1999 Fritz Linder Prize.
  • 1997 Young Investigator Award (Scholarship), European Pancreatic Club.
  • 1996 Award for Research in Surgery, Swiss Society of Surgery.
  • 1996 Award for Best Fundamental Scientific Presentation, European Pancreatic Club.
  • 1994 Young Investigator Award (Scholarship), European Pancreatic Club.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • 1990 German Society of Surgery.
  • 1990 Professional Association of German Surgeons (BDC).
  • 1991 European Pancreatic Club (EPC).
  • 1995 German Society of Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases (DGVS).
  • 1996 Pancreas Club.
  • 1995 European Digestive Surgery (EDS).
  • 1995 New York Academy of Sciences.
  • 1996 American Pancreatic Association (APA).
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT).
  • 1996 International Association of Pancreatology (IAP).
  • 1999 European Society for Surgical Research (ESSR).
  • 2003 European Surgical Association (ESA).
  • 2003 International Hepato-Pancreato Biliary Association (IHPBA).
  • 2003 German Society of Abdominal Surgery (DGVC).

Photo of the doctor: (c) Klinikum rechts der Isar der Technischen Universität München

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