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General and Visceral Surgery

Welcome to the Department of General and Visceral Surgery at the Medical Center - University of Freiburg.

Our department is dedicated to providing exceptional care for patients with a variety of conditions affecting the abdominal organs and endocrine glands. Our team, comprised of 52 skilled surgeons and 150 experienced nurses, along with our administrative staff, is committed to ensuring the highest standard of medical care.

We specialize in the surgical treatment of cancers affecting the esophagus, stomach, liver, bile ducts, pancreas, and both the small and large intestines. Our department is renowned for its expertise in oncologic surgery, utilizing a range of highly complex therapeutic procedures. We are equipped with the latest technical facilities, allowing us to perform many operations using robotic-assisted techniques. This approach not only reduces recovery time but also minimizes the risk of complications.

We provide both in-patient and out-patient services, ensuring that all patients receive comprehensive care tailored to their specific needs. For serious post-operative cases, we offer monitoring in our highly specialized surgical intensive care unit, ensuring the best possible recovery outcomes.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Our department operates with a multidisciplinary approach, involving collaboration among various specialists to achieve the best results for our patients. This includes:

  • Oncologists: For integrated cancer treatment plans.
  • Gastroenterologists: For managing and diagnosing gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Radiologists: For precise imaging and diagnostic support.
  • Endocrinologists: For disorders related to the thyroid, parathyroid, and other endocrine glands.

Diagnostic & Treatment Services

Advanced Surgical Techniques

Our state-of-the-art operating theaters are designed to support the latest in surgical innovation. We utilize minimally invasive techniques wherever possible, which include:

  • Robotic-Assisted Surgery: Enhanced precision and control during complex procedures.
  • Laparoscopic Surgery: Small incisions and specialized instruments for faster recovery.


Innovations in Cancer Treatment

We are particularly recognized for our work with patients who have liver metastases or primary tumors of the liver, pancreas, esophagus and pelvis. Our department offers a variety of advanced treatments that have proven effective, even in cases previously deemed incurable. This includes:

  • Resection and Ablation: Removing tumors or destroying cancer cells with heat or cold.
  • Liver Transplantation: For eligible patients with severe liver disease.
  • Targeted Therapies: Personalized medicine approaches targeting specific cancer cells.


Commitment to Excellence

Our commitment to medical excellence is reflected in our continuous efforts to stay at the forefront of surgical advancements and patient care. Our team is involved in ongoing research and education to ensure we provide the most effective and up-to-date treatments available.

We look forward to providing you with the highest level of care at the Medical Center - University of Freiburg.


out-patients16,653 annually
in-patients3,255 annually
medical doctors31
assistant doctors21
surgeries4,000 annually
large tumor surgeries with DaVinci150
large liver metastases surgeries220
bowel surgeries650
thyroid surgeries230
oesophaegal surgeries90
pancreas surgeries170

Our physicians

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Fichtner-Feigl

    Medical Director