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General and Visceral Surgery

Welcome to the Department of General and Visceral Surgery here at the Medical Center - University of Freiburg. Our medical team consists of 45 physicians and 150 nurses along with our administrative employees.

Our department attends to patients with a variety of diseases, injuries and developmental defects of the abdominal organs and the endocrine glands.

Operations are performed on an in-patient and out-patient basis. Many of the operations are performed with the newest minimally invasive techniques. In the more serious post-operative cases, the course is monitored in a highly specialized surgical intensive care unit.

Our department is specialized in the surgical therapy of cancer of the oesophagus, of the stomach and of the small as well as large bowel. We have special expertise in surgery of the liver, bile ducts and the pancreas. Patients with metastases in the liver or primary tumours in the liver and the pancreas will be treated with a variety of different highly complex therapeutic procedures. The operation theatres are equipped with the most advanced technical facilities. Thus, many of the operations are performed by minimal invasive or laparoscopic techniques.

Even patients, who have been classified incurable elsewhere might be helped and enjoy a longer life. Therefore, our clinic is regarded as an outstanding centre for surgical therapy of hepato-, biliary and pancreatic diseases worldwide. Operative therapy of hernias of the groin and the abdominal wall with a variety of different meshes, and surgical therapy of the thyroid and parathyroid are also performed in our clinic.

Many famous specialists work together in order to achieve the best possible results for our patients. Should you face any future medical problems, a group of highly qualified specialists and the latest medical technologies are at you disposal here at the Medical Center - University of Freiburg.

Diagnostic & Treatment Services

  • Robotic Surgery
  • International Pancreatic Cancer Center
  • Oesophagus and stomach surgery
  • Gastric cancer surgery
  • Hyperthermic interperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC)/ Pressurized intraperitoneal aerosol chemotherapy (PIPAC)
  • Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs)
  • Liver, gallbladder and bile duct surgery
  • "Fast-track" method of colon surgery
  • Minimally invasive colorectal surgery
  • Modern bariatric surgery, incl. gastric balloon
  • Hernia surgery
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Organ tranplantation
  • Wound management
  • Second-opinion services

The Department of General and Visceral Surgery is also famous for its unit of organ transplantation. Here we perform a large number of kidney and pancreas transplantations. Our surgeons are specialized in the transplantation of kidneys from living donors.

Pediatric surgery is another area of proficiency in our department. The operative spectrum includes all congenital as well as acquired surgical diseases in newborn and infants.

We offer a “second–opinion” service. The patient can send all of his or her medical records to the International Medical Services (IMS) and will receive a paid consultation and advice on the best therapeutic possibilities by one of the professors of our department. Here the patient can then decide whether he wants to get his therapy in Freiburg.


out-patients16,653 annually
in-patients3,255 annually
medical doctors31
assistant doctors21

Our physicians

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Fichtner-Feigl

    Medical Director

  • Prof. Dr. Markus K. Diener

    Deputy medical director

  • Prof. Dr. Goran Marjanovic

    Adipositas/Metabolic surgery

  • Prof. Dr. Hannes Neeff

    Colorectal cancer

  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Thomusch

    Endocrine surgery

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Utzolino

    Surgical intensive care unit

  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Wittel

    Pancreas surgery

  • Dr. Bern Jänigen

    Transplantation, wound care