Conditions and treatments

The Department of Surgical Gastroenterology offers diagnostic and therapeutic surgical/gastrointestinal services to patients in the Capital Region of Denmark admissions area for the department’s specialist areas, as well as to several Zealand hospitals and hospitals on Bornholm, the Faeroe Islands and Greenland as well as to other departments at Rigshospitalet. ​​
​In addition to this, the department performs multiorgan removal and liver transplants. ​

The department functions nationally and regionally within the following areas: cancer in cardia/distally in the esophagus and stomach, late complications of stomach surgery, pancreatic and periampullar cancer, endocrine gastrointestinal tumours, surgical liver diseases and reconstructive biliary tract surgery, short bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases, reservoir operations (ileoanalreservoir), intestinal radiation injury, ischemic bowel diseases and anal cancer. 

Department of Surgical Gastroenterology is linked to an endoscopy unit which performs upper and lower scopies, ERCP, stent application in oesophagus and biliary tracts, endoscopic ultrasound, PEG application and argon plasma coagulation, and experimental surgery at the department for experimental surgery. 

The department has an acute function with admission of abdominal surgery patients, admitted via the trauma centre and who cannot be referred to other surgical departments of the Capital Region of Denmark (currently the department does not have its own coverage area), and from other hospitals or departments at Rigshospitalet. 

Rigshospitalet has a level 1 trauma centre and generally physicians of the department are involved in diagnostics and treatment of two patients per day. 

Paediatric surgery function

The department is a specialist department for surgery on children. The age limit is from 0-15 years, but paediatric surgery also includes diagnostics and treatment of foetuses. 

The professional content is general surgery, neonatal surgery and other malformation surgery, gastroenterological surgery, urology and soft-tissue and oncologic surgery outside the CNS, the limbs, the heart and the major vessels. 

All children under the age of two are referred to Rigshospitalet. 

The department functions nationally and regionally for urology, neonatal surgery, malformations and soft-tissue and oncologic surgery. The department cooperates with specialist units in paediatrics, neonatalogy, paediatric oncology, paediatric anaesthesiology, paediatric radiology, paediatric pathology, intensive care and prenatal ultrasound diagnosis. 

Operations and functional managers

Upper gastrointestinal cancer in the area of Danish Clinical Database of Carcinomas of the Esophagus, Cardia and Stomach (DECV)​

Lars Bo Svendsen, Manager
About 160 operations a year with 110 curative operations, 50 explorative laparotomies, 30 curative stomach resections and 87 curative cardia resections. 

Liver surgery 

Peter Nørgaard Larsen, Manager
About 100 curative operations a year with 80 resections and 20 radiofrequency ablations, and 20-25 explorative laparotomies. This also includes reconstructive surgery after iatrogenic biliary tract injuries corresponding to about 10 operations a year.

Pancreatic surgery

Carsten Palnæs Hansen, Manager
About 45 operations a year, 30 Whipple operations, 10 distal pancreatectomies and 5 total pancreatectomies, and 15 explorative laparotomies, of which about half are performed with simultaneous relief.

Lower surgery

Allan Hjortrup, Manager
This concerns about 25 pouch operations, about 100 operations with fistula surgery and complications surgery. The department is linked to the ostomy outpatient department with an ostomy nurse.​

Paediatric surgery 

Jørgen Thorup, Manager
About 1,100-1,200 operations for surgical disorders in children. In addition, about 300 acute laparotomies a year; most of these are trauma laparotomies.


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