Visceral, thoracic, urology


Visceral surgery includes the surgical treatment of the abdominal organs, including the gastro-intestinal tract, the liver and the pancreas.


Thoracic surgery covers the surgical treatment of the lungs, respiratory tract and the chest area. Surgical procedures used to treat serious illnesses in visceral and thoracic medicine are often complex. Both complex surgical procedures and minimal invasive techniques demand great experience and routine from the surgeons and the entire team. Klinik Im Park guarantees a very high level of therapy with an extremely experienced, interdisciplinary team of doctors.


Urology is the science and study of the structure, function and disorders of the urinary organs and the male sexual organs. The urologist knows about the disorders that can affect these organs, and knows which disorders in another organ of the body can affect the sexual or urinary organs, such as disorders of the prostate and bladder, and kidney stones.

Centres and Institutes

Centre for gastroenterology and hepatology

Seestrasse 90
8002 Zürich
T +41 44 201 77 50
F +41 44 201 67 10

Centre for urology

Seestrasse 220
8027 Zürich
T +41 44 209 21 11
F +41 44 209 20 11

Chirurgisches Zentrum Zürich

Location Klinik Hirslanden
Witellikerstrasse 40 
8032 Zürich



Location Klinik Im Park

Kappelistrasse 7
8002 Zürich



T +41 44 387 37 00

General and Visceral Surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Jan Schmidt

Kappelistrasse 7
8002 Zurich

T +41 44 208 20 50
F +41 44 208 20 52

Pneumology Centre Im Park

Kappelistrasse 7
8002 Zürich

T +41 44 283 90 30
F +41 44 283 90 31



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.


Respiratory medicine specialises in the airways, comprising the structure and function of the lungs and the organs through which air passes, such as the bronchi and the trachea. The specialist in respiratory medicine can conduct many specialised forms of examination, using such optical instruments as endoscopes in the airways to locate the cause of breathing difficulties or to take tissue samples. He can check how the lungs are functioning and, if needed, arranges for X-rays to be taken of them.


An important aspect of his work is the treatment of asthma with drugs. He prescribes the appropriate medication and explains to the patient how to use it correctly. He will also teach asthmatics how to reduce the risk of an attack.


If lung conditions require surgery, the specialist in respiratory medicine will work together with the thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon. Constrictions caused by tumours can nowadays be removed using laser surgery, and it is also possible to insert prosthetics ('stents') into the airways in order to keep them open. During the surgical treatment of lung disorders the specialist in respiratory medicine often works alongside an allergist.

Thoracic surgery

General thoracic surgery is a surgical specialty and is dedicated to diseases and injuries of the thoracic wall and all the organs in the chest with the exception of the heart and aorta.


Thoracic surgery diagnoses and treats conditions of the lungs, the rib cage, and the mediastinum. These include in particular surgical management of lung cancer, lung metastases, pleural disorders (including pleural mesothelioma), deformities of the rib cage such as funnel chest, and lung transplantation.


Thoracic surgery is constantly undergoing further development so modern techniques such as minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery and lung-sparing surgery (including cuff resections) and laser surgery are now available.


The thoracic surgeon focuses on the operative management of:

  • Tumours of the lungs and pleura
  • Pulmonary emphysema (over-inflated lung)
  • Lung transplantation
  • Thoracic deformities (pigeon breast, funnel chest)


Urology is the science and study of the structure, function and disorders of the urinary organs and the male sexual organs. The urologist knows about the disorders that can affect these organs, and knows which disorders in another organ of the body can affect the sexual or urinary organs, such as disorders of the prostate and bladder, and kidney stones.


A variety of specialised methods are used to diagnose urological disorders, such as urine analysis, and use of ultrasound, computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).


The urologist is able to call upon a variety of drugs for treatment. If necessary he will operate to, for instance, disintegrate kidney stones or remove an enlarged prostate via the urinary tract.

Visceral surgery

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.


Radiology uses non-invasive methods to obtain images of our bodies' organs. The best-known example of this would be photographs created by means of X-rays.


The radiologist is not only an expert in X-ray imaging, but in newer forms of examination techniques as well, including ultrasound, computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The appropriate forms of examination are frequently used to determine the exact location and size of an injury, tumour, or source of bleeding. Disorders of the brain, spinal cord or inner organs are often examined using these techniques. The radiologist is then responsible for interpreting the results of the tests.


Some of these methods can be combined with the use of certain 'radiopaque' drugs that display the organs more clearly. The radiologist is able to determine which cases would benefit most from these substances, how they will work and what problems might arise through their use.


Anaesthetics is the study of pain relief, use of anaesthesia and resuscitation. The anaesthetist is especially important when it comes to surgery.


Before a surgical intervention he goes over all the important points with the patient, e.g. what medicines he regularly takes, or how the patient reacted to any earlier anaesthesia. He then chooses the right medicines for the upcoming operation and administers them to the patient. During the operation he monitors the patient's heart / lung activity and circulation using a variety of equipment. After the intervention he continues to monitor the patient's health and intervenes if any problems arise.

Intensive care

Intensive care is used in situations where vital body functions stop working as a result of a disorder, operation or accident. This can involve the activity of the heart, breathing, or the normal functioning of the liver, kidneys or brain.


The specialist in intensive care medicine has at his disposal everything that is needed to resuscitate a patient and restore the normal functions of the organs. He has in-depth knowledge of the drugs and equipment that are required to do this, such as the ventilator, or the defibrillator that uses electric current to correct malfunctions in the muscles of the heart.


The specialist in intensive care medicine plays an important role in transplant operations. He establishes the brain death of the donor, and looks after the organ recipient following the operation for as long as is necessary.

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