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Innovations and reforms

At the Pancreas Center of the Surgical Clinic Heidelberg

Gentle surgical procedure

Keyhole surgery

Minimally invasive surgery, also known as "keyhole surgery," is usually associated with a lower stress response of the body and faster wound healing. Laparoscopic and robot-assisted procedures are also increasingly being used in pancreatic surgery. In Heidelberg, we benefit from our high level of technical equipment and the experience of our surgeons.

Refinement of the surgical technique

In case of unfavorable localization

Operations on the pancreas are technically complex. In the case of a tumor finding with unfavorable localization, e.g. with contact to blood vessels, surgery is particularly complex and challenging. In our surgical clinic, we are investigating the success of techniques in which the entire tumor with vascular components has been removed for a better prognosis. Furthermore, methods are being developed to prevent complications after surgery lasting several hours.

Pancreatic Cancer

Priority Setting Partnership

The "Priority Setting Partnership" for pancreatic cancer was developed to address the questions and wishes of patients and relatives in order to be able to derive future research questions for better treatment and quality of life. This is an established and successful methodology, particularly in Anglo-American countries. The systematic first survey was completed on 01 February 2018 - if you are interested or have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Surgeon training

In our simulation center

Through special support programs, our simulation center offers the opportunity to practice procedures, especially for aspiring pancreatic surgeons. Movement patterns of established surgeons are created and analyzed, so that model learning is possible on the simulator for a fast learning curve. 3D models also play a new role here and are tested. An elective course has also been established for medical students, which is intended to arouse fascination for surgery and modern research.