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Department of pediatric surgery

PD. Dr. med. Stefan Gfrorer
pediatric surgery

About the department

The department of pediatric surgery at Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch, integrated into the Level 1 Perinatal Center, has around 40 beds and treats more than 2,000 inpatients and about 300 outpatients every year, from premature babies to adolescents. The department is famous for its medical expertise and child-friendly environment. The Daily Mirror recognized it for the Correction of a Pectus Excavation (in Children). Each of the 20 rooms in the ward is equipped with the latest medical technology, and the staff guarantees the best medical and nursing care around the clock. A playroom, a tea kitchen, and an open area are available for the comfort of the inpatients. A stay in the Ronald McDonald Oasis is possible during the day or during outpatient operations. Changing and breastfeeding facilities and a play area are available to everyone. 

Pediatric surgery specialities available at the department include traumatology, urology, oncology, neonatology (newborns), thoracic, and plastic reconstructive surgery. Diagnostics include routine testing and endoscopy, minimally-invasive surgery of the abdominal wall (laparoscopy), chest (thoracoscopy), and more.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Pediatric traumatology 

Early and newborn surgery (congenital, often complex malformations with acute surgery)

Thoracic surgery (operations on the respiratory tract)

Minimally invasive abdominal surgery:

  • Correction of undescended testicles (abdominal testicles)
  • Intestinal surgery for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Therapy for diseases of the pancreas
  • Removal of the inflamed appendix (appendicitis)
  • Remedy for short bowel syndrome
  • Thal operation for gastroesophageal reflux 
  • Splenectomy 
  • Cholecystectomy and more

Oncological surgery 

Plastic surgery and laser and cryotherapy:

  • Treatment of scars or bruises with laser
  • Cryotherapy – use of cold to remove tissue
  • Ultrasound-assisted therapy of lymphangiomas

Endoscopy and functional diagnostics

Pediatric surgery outpatient clinic:

  • Diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract (urology)
  • Measurement of urine flow and bladder pressure (urodynamics)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of penile malformations (hypospadias)
  • Gastroenterology - diagnostics and therapy for stomach problems
  • Anorectal malformations (malformation of the bowel outlet)
  • Defecation disorders anal manometry (pressure measurement of defecation)
  • Ultrasound diagnostics
  • Plastic surgery/hand surgery
  • Hemangiomas (blood sponges)

Chest surgeries

Pediatric urology

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Doctor profile

Education

  • Studied at the Universities of Würzburg, Zurich and Los Angeles. 

Experience

  • Worked at various clinics in England, as well as in the pediatric surgery clinics in Heidelberg and Karlsruhe
  • Deputy clinic director of the clinic for pediatric surgery and pediatric urology at the University Clinic in Frankfurt

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Author of 40 publications
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