Our services at a glance:
General and Abdominal surgery Unit
The General and Abdominal Surgery Unit offers surgical interventions for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, including benign and malignant disorders of the oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, as well as the liver, biliary tract and pancreas. This Unit works in close cooperation with the Medical Clinic C and includes a combined Internal Medicine and Surgical Ward. This Unit also deals with disorders of the rectum (colorectal surgery). In addition, the General and Abdominal Surgery Unit has specialist expertise in surgery relating to the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands and spleen, as well as hernia repair. Procedures include minimally invasive surgery and laser surgery.
Thoracic surgery Unit
In 2010, the oncology-related services and expertise offered by Ludwigshafen Hospital received a significant boost through the addition of the Thoracic Surgery Unit, with a main focus on lung cancer.
The Thoracic surgery Unit provides surgical interventions for both benign and malignant disorders affecting the trachea, lungs, diaphragm and the pleural and mediastinal spaces. In addition to surgical interventions, the Thoracic Surgery Unit also specialises in diagnostic procedures, e.g. minimally invasive tissue sampling for subsequent tissue analysis and diagnosis of rare disorders affecting the lungs and diaphragm.
Lung cancer is by far the commonest disease seen in the Thoracic Surgery Unit. The Unit can offer patients the entire range of thoracic surgical procedures available today. The development of a coordinated treatment approach offering surgery prior to, or following chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy, has resulted in positive treatment outcomes for many patients, even those with advanced cancer. Investigations using Ludwigshafen Hospital's PET/CT Scanner can provide valuable information for the treatment decision-making process.
In the field of thoracic surgery, the more conventional open surgical techniques are being increasingly replaced by procedures such as keyhole surgery, which allow comparable treatment results with minimal trauma and discomfort. Thanks to modern organ-saving procedures, even patients with functional impairment can now undergo surgery without the risk of their quality of life being significantly impaired. Our close cooperation with the Hospital's Cardiac Surgery Unit ensures optimal patient safety even during complex multi-organ surgery.
Appointments may be arranged by contacting the Surgical Clinic A's Process Management Team on 0621 503 3101.
Head of the Thoracic Surgery Unit
Dr. med. Jan Jacobs, FETCS
Dr. med. Tina Ranneberg
Deputy Head, Thoracic Surgery Unit
Minimally invasive surgery
Minimally invasive surgery, also known as laparoscopic surgery or "keyhole surgery", offers the advantage of procedures that are gentler on the patient due to surgery being carried out using only small incisions. This also results in shorter hospital stays for patients. Surgical procedures involving the gallbladder, spleen and adrenal glands, surgery for inguinal and incisional hernias and hiatus hernia, as well as colorectal surgery can all be performed using minimally invasive techniques.
Trauma surgery: Reconstructive limb surgery including joint replacement surgery
Trauma surgery involves all standard surgical and conventional approaches to the treatment of fractures. The unit focuses on reconstructive limb surgery, including joint replacement surgery, particularly in relation to geriatric and multimorbid patients. The unit is licensed to provide statutory medical care relating to accidents at work ("Durchgangsarztverfahren", or "D-Arzt-Verfahren").