2nd General Surgery Department - Laparoscopic Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Unit

General Surgery
Laparoscopic Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Unit

The Laparoscopic Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Unit was established to offer quality surgical techniques, based on the international standards for minimally invasive surgery. The Unit applies fast-track protocols for fast patient recovery. With long surgical experience and rich clinical and research work, the qualified and certified surgeons of our team perform bariatric and metabolic surgery, general surgery and surgical oncology procedures.

Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery

The advent of laparoscopic surgery revolutionized the bariatric/metabolic surgery sector. Our Laparoscopic Unit carries out all types of obesity procedures (laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, single-anastomosis or Roux-en-Y laparoscopic gastric bypass and other types or gastric bypasses), as well as revision surgery (intragastric ring removal, re-sleeve gastrectomy, redo gastric bypass).

Our long experience and expertise in bariatric procedures allows us to individualize the type of surgery based on the needs and habits of our patients.

The Unit works with all the specialties required as part of bariatric and metabolic surgery (dietitians, endocrinologists, pulnomologists, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, psychologists).

  • General Surgery

    Using minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopy, etc.), we treat:

    • cholelithiasis (laparoscopic cholecystectomy)
    • abdominal hernias, such as inguinal hernia (TEP, TAPP), umbilical/ventral hernia (laparoscopic treatment with tension-free mesh)
    • adrenal gland conditions (laparoscopic adrenalectomy)
    • appendix-related conditions (e.g. laparoscopic appendectomy)
    • skin/subcutaneous conditions (e.g. moles, cysts, pilonidal cysts)
    • gastrostomy or jejunostomy placement for feeding
    • port placement
    • laparoscopic biopsy collection
  • Upper Digestive Tract Surgery

    Using minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopy, etc.), we treat:

    • hiatal hernia and gastroesophageal reflux (laparoscopic Nissen/Dor/Toupet fundoplication)
    • achalasia (laparoscopic Heller myotomy)
    • benign or malignant stomach and cardioesophageal junction tumors (laparoscopic enucleation, laparoscopic sphenoidal excision, laparoscopic total/partial gastrectomy)
  • Upper Digestive Tract Surgery

    Using minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopy, etc.), we treat:

    • diverticulitis (laparoscopic sigmoidectomy)
    • large bowel polyps that cannot be excised endoscopically (laparoscopic colectomy)
    • benign or malignant vermiform appendix tumors
    • benign or malignant large bowel tumors (laparoscopic complete mesocolic excision, laparoscopic colectomy)
    • benign or malignant rectal tumors (laparoscopic total mesorectal excision, transanal tumor excision)
    • hemorrhoids
    • rectal fissures
  • Surgical Oncology
    Our team is experienced in minimally invasive oncology surgery and the application of fast-track protocols. Surgical oncology is based on rules that relate to complete tumor excision and lymph node dissection, to the extent and degree necessary. This combination ensures that our cancer patients receive optimal treatment as part of their multifaceted therapy. This way they have the chance to follow their adjuvant therapy as soon as possible, wherever necessary.

Patient Care

It is our principle to manage our patients based on their personal needs and features, in the context of providing individualized healthcare.  Because each patient is different.

Our team constantly stands by its patients before, during and after their hospitalization. We believe that open communication with patients and intensive postoperative monitoring are of critical importance.

Fast Recovery

We apply fast-track protocols for our patients, with absolute efficiency and safety. Based on these, our patients, irrespective of the type of surgery they undergo, experience minimal postoperative pain, start eating within the first few postoperative hours, are mobilized immediately, and do not have unnecessary catheters (urinary catheters, nasogastric tubes, central lines) or drainage tubes placed. All these lead to minimal hospitalization and fast return to daily activities.

Respect – Care – Efficiency

  • Respect for the needs, mentality and concerns of patients
  • Care that is individualized and includes regular follow-ups after hospitalization and discharge
  • Efficiency:
    • High success rates in obesity surgery
    • High completion rates in laparoscopic procedures (>90%)
    • Low rates of complications/recurrences/readmissions
    • Faster recovery and return to normal activities

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