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Department of general and abdominal surgery with hernia centre

Dr. Vytautas Lipnickas
general surgery

About the department

The department of general and abdominal surgery with hernia centre at Kardiolita Hospital Vilnius provides a full range of surgical treatments for the abdominal organs, skin and soft tissues and endocrine organs. The department employs surgeons with more than 20 years of experience in minimally invasive surgery. Surgeons are members of the national societies of surgery and gastroenterology, so they guarantee treatment according to modern medical standards. Doctors have the latest instrumental examinations, including echoscopy, endoscopy, computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. The department performs more than 300 surgeries annually. The department is equipped with airtight modern operating rooms and an intensive care unit with the ability to monitor vital functions. After the operation, the nursing staff provides special care that helps patients recover quickly and return to fulfilling lives.

A particular direction of the department is the surgical treatment of umbilical hernia, hernia of the white line of the abdomen, inguinal hernia, and postoperative hernias. Surgeons specialize in hernioplasty techniques, open surgery with or without mesh, and laparoscopic hernia repair. In addition to treating hernias, doctors can offer treatment for general surgical diseases such as skin and other soft tissue tumours, cysts and hemangiomas, inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, thyroid diseases and proctological diseases.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Tumours of the skin, connective and other soft tissues
  • Cysts
  • Hemangiomas
  • Hernias of the abdominal wall
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Appendicitis
  • Acute cholecystitis
  • Lipoma and other benign tumours of gastrointestinal organs 
  • Goitre and other thyroid disorders
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease
  • Colon and rectal cancer 
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding 
  • Gallstones 


  • Anamnesis
  • Physical examination (palpation) 
  • Hormone panel
  • Lipid profile (used to find abnormalities in lipids, such as cholesterol and triglycerides)
  • Liver and kidney function tests
  • Ultrasound examination
  • Gastroscopy, colonoscopy, rectoscopy
  • Peritoneal biopsy (takes a sample of tissue from the peritoneum)
  • Digital X-ray
  • Computed tomography (CT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy


  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic correction of abdominal and inguinal hernia (hernioplasty)
  • Operations on lipomas
  • Operations on the thyroid gland
  • Rectal circular mucosectomy
  • Resection of haemorrhoids
  • Gastric bypass
  • Surgery to form a longitudinal tube (gastric sleeve)
  • Fundoplication of the stomach
  • Other surgical treatment
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Doctor profile


  • 1984 Graduated from Vilnius University, Faculty of Medicine
  • Laparoscopic surgery, Germany
  • Pancreatic cancer surgery at Kaunas University of Medicine
  • Gastric and duodenal surgery, extreme abdominal surgery, Vilnius University


  • Doctor of abdominal surgery, Vilnius University Hospital Santariškės Clinic, Abdominal Surgery Center
  • Since 2006 Doctor of abdominal surgery, Vilnius Cardiolytic Clinic

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Member of the Board of the Lithuanian Association of Surgeons Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Lithuanian Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Vilnius Regional Society of Surgeons
  • European Hernia Society
  • Austrian Hernia Society
  • Lithuanian Association of Surgeons
  • Lithuanian Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Lithuanian Society of Gastroenterologists
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