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Abdominal medicine focuses on the operative treatment of all organs and the organ systems of the abdomen. These include the gastrointestinal tract, the oesophagus, the liver, the gall bladder and the pancreas. Abdominal surgical procedures are often complex operations involving serious diseases. Both complex surgical procedures and minimally invasive techniques require comprehensive experience.
The specialist centres at Klink Im Park have highly experienced doctors and surgeons. Skilled doctors from the specialities of surgery, abdominal surgery, gastroenterology and oncology guarantee a high standard of therapy in the treatment of the abdominal organs.
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Surgery, a major branch of medical science, is concerned with treating disorders, injuries and physical deformities by means of interventions using equipment and instruments in or on the body.
A surgeon treats disorders or injuries using surgical interventions such as osteosynthesis to knit broken bones back together again. Increasingly, these days, surgeons use the latest techniques, such as lasers, endoscopy (use of an optical instrument) or even robots. In spite of all this, traditional methods such as plaster casts and splints continue to be used where appropriate.
Many surgeons specialise in certain parts of the body, e.g. the heart, blood vessels or brain.
The special medical branch of the gastroenterologist is concerned with the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and intestines, as well as the liver with the gallbladder and the pancreas.
What is particularly important for this specialist is that he should have in-depth knowledge of a variety of tests that are conducted on these organs. The gullet, stomach and intestines can, for instance, be investigated using endoscopy. This is where a tube – at the end of which is a tiny camera – is inserted into the stomach via, say, the gullet. The images are shown on a monitor screen. The doctor analyses these and makes the appropriate diagnosis. The same applies to pictures of the liver, which can be made using ultrasound.
The gastroenterologist chooses medicines to treat disorders, or he opts for surgery. In surgical interventions he works closely with a visceral surgeon. He also, for instance, advises the patient on his eating habits.
Oncology is the study of a variety of tumours, namely the various cancers that can affect a human being. The word 'cancer' covers approximately 150 variations of one disease, the characteristic of which is the uncontrolled division of cells of an organ or tissue. Cancers of the breast, lung, intestine and prostate gland must be the best-known and most common. For a long time now, breast cancer has been the most common cancer to affect women, whilst men suffer most from lung cancer. The symptoms of cancer, as well as the chances of recovery from it, vary widely and depend on the structure, size and location of the tumour.
If cancer is suspected, the oncologist will initiate a series of tests. The results of these tests determine the further course of action. The oncologist will decide, for example, which drug should best be used in chemotherapy, or whether it might be better to remove a tumour surgically. In some cases, the oncologist will arrange for radiotherapy, where he will work closely with the radio-oncologist/radiotherapist, a specialist in radiotherapy.
He also treats the symptoms that accompany cancer, such as pain. He monitors the patient's recovery and carries out further tests.
The viscera are the large internal organs of the body collectively. Visceral surgery is a specialised branch of general surgery. It focuses on the disorders and deformities of the viscera – and mammary glands – that can be treated through surgical intervention.
The visceral surgeon often works closely with the gastroenterologist. If the latter diagnoses gall stones in a patient, the visceral surgeon removes them surgically. He also operates where tumours are found in the viscera and carries out interventions on haemorrhoids (piles). Although he carries out most interventions laparoscopically, i.e. using an endoscope (optical instrument) adapted for the viscera, he can also use modern laser techniques.
After an intervention the visceral surgeon looks after his patients until they get better.
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