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Department of general and abdominal surgery

Dr. med. Ulrike Muschaweck
general, abdominal and hernia surgery

About the department

The department of general and abdominal surgery at ATOS Orthopedic Clinic Munich provides medical care for patients needing an interdisciplinary approach. The head of the department is a world-class professional with over 40 years of experience and an excellent reputation, especially in hernia surgery. The department offers safe and effective treatment, ensured by the expertise of the staff and excellent hygiene, thanks to the implemented standards. Patient screenings are carried out routinely, according to RKI specifications, even before the hospital stay. The critical areas such as operating theatres/anaesthesia and sterilization are not only subject to the Infection Protection Act (IFSG) but also to the Drugs Act (AMG), the Medical Devices Ordinance (MedGV), and the validation of sterilization processes. The comfortable ambient design provides a unique atmosphere, resembling a first-class hotel than a hospital.

Hernias, soft tissue traumas of the abdominal region, and other general surgical procedures are provided at the department. In addition, both conservative options and surgeries are available.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnostic tools:

  • Lab testing (blood testing, urinalysis, biochemical blood testing, oncological markers testing, hormonal testing)
  • Intraoperative sonography (ultrasound during the operation), 
  • Radiological imaging (X-ray, CT scanning)
  • MRI scan (soft tissue visualization)
  • Endoscopy (gastroscopy - visualization of stomach and small intestine using a device with a camera, colonoscopy - the same procedure on large intestine)

Treatment options:

  • Conservative (medications)
  • Surgery of inguinal hernias with various open procedures
  • Diagnosis of soft tissue fractures of the abdominal wall
  • Development of the "minimal repair" technique for the operation of the soft groin (athlete's groin)
  • Surgery of thigh, umbilical and incisional hernias
  • Follow-up after groin surgery
  • Clinical studies
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Doctor profile


  • 1973 Studied human medicine at the Georg-August University of Gottingen with a license to practice medicine
  • 1974 Doctorate, General surgeon, University of Gottingen Medical School
  • 1982 Specialist training in surgery at the University Hospital in Gottingen (Univ.-Prof. H.-J. Pepper)
  • 1985 Specialist certification
  • 1989 Resident Physician at Shouldice Hospital, Toronto, Canada


  • 1975 Clinic of the University of Gottingen (Univ.-Prof. dr H.-J. Pepper)
  • 1986-1993 Senior Physician and Head of the Surgical Polyclinic University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich (Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. J.R. Siewert)
  • 1989 Visiting doctor at the Shouldice Hospital in Toronto, Canada
  • 1989-1993 Head of the pilot project "Day Surgery - Inguinal Hernia" at the University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich
  • 1989-2008 Regular participation in meetings of the hernia specialists in St. Moritz
  • 1993 Establishment of the Hernia Center Dr. Muschaweck in Munich, Vienna, London, and Doha, Qatar
  • 1993-2017 Leading physician at "Hernia Center Dr. Muschaweck" Munich
  • 2008-2010 Hernia Center Vienna-Doubling
  • 2012 Additional work at the Wellington Hospital and the Fortius Clinic in London
  • 2014-2017 Consultant in the Spire Little Aston Hospital, Birmingham/UK
  • 2018 Specialist for hernias in Starnberg, Munich Airport, and London

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 1994-1998 Co-founder of the "Suvretta Classification" of hernia
  • 1989 Member of the American Hernia Society
  • 1993 Member of the International Advisory Boards of the European Hernia Society
  • 2001 Founding member of the German Hernia Society
  • 2007 Member of the German Society for Visceral Surgery
  • 2008 Member (Fellow) of the American College of Surgeons
  • 2010 President of the 8th Annual Meeting of the German Hernia Society
  • Member of the European Hernia Society
  • Developed two surgical techniques that have revolutionized patient care: "Minimal Repair - specifically designed for athlete's groin", and "Munich Repair for umbilical hernias."
  • Author of 15 publications
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