Professor Carsten Zornig

The director of the surgical clinic at the Israelitisches Krankenhaus in Hamburg is an expert in the field of “small” or even “invisible” operation scars. He was one of the first doctors in the world to operate on a patient using the Notes method. During this treatment the natural body orifices are used as access to the areas to be operated.

Is minimally invasive surgery more beneficial compared to conventional open surgery?

Professor Zornig:

It is a revolution in the field of surgery, which makes many interventions faster and more effective. One advantage over conventional surgery is that injuries to the abdominal wall are minimized when accessing the organs. This can be well illustrated by the example of a gall bladder OP: during conventional surgery for operations such as this, a 20-centimetre-long cut is made in the costal arch along the abdominal wall right up to the gall bladder. Today we carry out these operations with three to four incisions of between 5 to 10 millimetres. This leads to significantly lower rates of wound healing disorders, post-operative pain and incisional hernias.