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Department of general and abdominal surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Foitzik
general surgery, visceral surgery, minimally invasive surgery

About the department

The department of general and abdominal surgery at Johanna Etienne Hospital Neuss offers a full range of surgical interventions for diseases of the visceral organs. To ensure that patients receive the best possible care, the department has a variety of methods available for surgeries. Preference is always given to gentle, minimally invasive procedures to avoid risks and complications. Quite a few operations can be performed outpatient, allowing the patient to leave the hospital within a few hours after surgery. But if the patient needs inpatient treatment, qualified medical staff will create a friendly and pleasant atmosphere for a comfortable stay of the patient in the hospital.

Doctors check whether a minimally invasive procedure is possible and appropriate for each patient. For example, gallbladder removal, hernia, incisional hernia, appendectomy, and bowel surgery for benign conditions commonly use the "keyhole technique". Various meshes are known for closing hernia gaps, and inappropriate cases, it is also possible to securely close the hernia using special suturing techniques without introducing foreign material. In the case of malignant tumours, surgeons use this method depending on the size and location of the tumour.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Inguinal, femoral, umbilical, diaphragmatic hernias
  • Inflammatory diseases of the gallbladder and biliary tract
  • Hepatitis 
  • Appendicitis
  • Inflammation of the intestine
  • Thyroid and parathyroid disorders
  • Сhronic wounds
  • Malignant diseases of the gastrointestinal tract 
  • Recurrent tumour diseases

Diagnostic procedures: 

  • Anamnesis (history of the disease) 
  • Physical examination (palpation) 
  • Laboratory testing (blood, urine) 
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • X-ray, CT or MRI 
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy 
  • Gastroscopy, colonoscopy, rectoscopy 
  • Biopsy 

Treatment options:

  • Minimally invasive surgery 
  • Hernia surgery
  • Surgery of the gallbladder and bile ducts
  • Thyroid surgeries
  • Operations and interventions on the anus
  • Sphincter-preserving surgery
  • Low-pressure therapy
  • Skin plastics
  • Cryosurgery
  • Nanoknife
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Doctor profile


  • PhD at the University of Heidelberg
  • Resident at the Surgical University Clinic in Heidelberg
  • 2001 Habilitation Surgical Clinic Free University Berlin


  • Senior Physician and Senior Physician at the 
  • Surgical University Clinic in Rostock
  • 2007 Extraordinary professorship
  • Since 2010 Chief Physician at the Clinic for General and Visceral Surgery at the Johanna Etienne Hospital
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