General & Visceral Surgery Department

"Visceral Surgery" is a special area of surgery, dealing with operations on stomach and esophagus (upper gastrointestinal tract), bile, liver, spleen and pancreas (“hepato-biliary pancreatic surgery”), small intestine, colon and rectum (lower gastrointestinal tract), anus (proctology), thyroid gland, parathyroid gland and adrenal glands ("endocrine surgery"), abdominal wall, as well as operations in cases of pathological overweight (bariatric surgery). We are proud to be a certified competence center for surgical coloproctology, adipositic surgery and for minimally invasive surgery and to achieve the required minimum numbers of large pancreatic and esophageal operations, which is achieved only by large clinics. We are an important part of the "Cancer Clinic Lingen", which is certified by the German Cancer Society.

Our experience shows itself in the high proportion of tumor operations and in the fact that more than half of all operations in the abdomen (including large) are performed endoscopically. All our operating rooms are equipped with high-definition video technology (HDTV).

Beyond visceral surgery ("general surgery"), we also treat diseases of the body surface (e.g., inflammation and tumors), chronic wounds (e.g., bedsores) which we finish up with plastic surgery, if necessary. Port implants e.g. for chemotherap, and certain lung operations, e.g. in the case of pneumothorax, complement the spectrum of our cervices.

Our partners:

Our most important partner is ... YOU! The clinic's entire medical competence is at your service.


Today all complicated disease pictures demand the cooperation of different disciplines. Together with our gastroenterological colleagues we find the best individual treatment following to the guidelines. We also work closely together in cases of emergency ("acute abdomen").

Every week, we meet with all the experts involved in the treatment of cancer patients, in particular oncologists, pathologists and radiation therapists in a tumor conference. Together at such conferences we find the best course of action for each patient. We also have close collaboration with the other departments of our clinic and especially with our colleagues in the anesthesia department and intensive care department, without whom we could not operate, and with whom we serve the patients together in the intensive care unit.

"Last but not least": the close cooperation with your family doctor!

You or your GP can arrange an appointment with our doctor in the office hours. For certain ambulatory treatments, e.g. proctology, skin diseases, etc., you will need to talk to a surgeon or orthopedist, in other cases, e.g. in the case of after-treatment after major operations, but also in cases of pathological overweight, your doctor may also issue this referral in the first two weeks after the inpatient treatment.

On outpatient and inpatient basis

In our consultation hours, the indication for surgery is checked and the decision is made as to whether an outpatient operation is possible or a stationary treatment is required. In the consultation hours, the appointment days are also agreed.

In case of emergency we are always at your disposal in the "Central Emergency Room".

There we perform small operations on the body surface (e.g., skin, mucus bags, abscesses, small tumors, etc.), portimplantations, many proctological procedures, and open up the occlusion of small hernias in children and adults. After such outpatient surgery, you will not be "sent away" immediately, but will be monitored for a long time.

In many operations that require a stationary monitoring, the surgery preparation can be done on the outpatient basis during the "pre-inpatient consultation hour", this way the intervention is possible immediately after the admission. This is the rule for bile, thyroid, hernia, and similar operations. Usually the discharge is then possible 2-3 days after the surgery.

In unclear disease pictures and before large operations further investigations are usually necessary, in that case the patients are admitted one or two days before the operation. The inpatient treatment takes place at station 6, in the case of elective service patients at station 26. After major interventions or in case of a serious illness, you will be looked after in the intensive care unit. Children get a bed in the Pediatric Clinic.

In the "post-inpatient consultation hour", the treatment can be continued on outpatient basis, if necessary, and so the hospital stay can get even shorter. (Still nobody is released "too early"!)

After major operations we offer a rehabilitation treatment, e.g. in our geriatrics.