Acute abdomen

The emergency in the belly

If not treated quickly, acute inflammation of the appendix, gallbladder, colon, or other abdominal organs can lead to life-threatening abdominal inflammation (peritonitis) and sepsis (blood poisoning). Also a perforation, e.g. of a stomach ulcer, or circulatory disorders of the intestine cause such an abdominal inflammation, which has to be treated immediately.

Intestinal obstructions, e.g. by adhesions, twists of the intestine, tumors, or other causes, also require rapid and effective treatment. It is not just a matter of making the intestine passable again, but also of eliminating the consequences of intestinal obstruction on the entire body metabolism as quickly as possible.

Hemorrhages inside the stomach and intestine can usually be treated endoscopically by our gastroenterological colleagues, but sometimes those have to be operated as an emergency, if bleeding occurs outside the stomach and intestine, e.g. after injuries.

The timely detection, diagnosis and operative treatment of such diseases is one of the core competences of our visceral surgery department. We work closely with the team of the central emergency department, the X-ray department, the gastroenterology department, the anesthesia department and the intensive care unit. Interdisciplinarity is a must.

In case of an urgency, a specialist for visceral surgery is available 24 hours a day, so that a necessary operation can also be performed in the middle of the night and at any time at the weekend.

As a center for minimally invasive surgery, we treat many emergency cases in laparoscopically (abdominal surgery, keyhole surgery), e.g. the removal of an inflamed appendix or gall-bladder, the closure of a perforated gastric ulcer or the removal of inflamed parts of the intestine, as well as the termination of adhesions which cause an intestinal obstruction.