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Visceral and digestive surgery

Visceral and digestive surgery focuses on the surgical treatment of abdominal and pelvic conditions.

Visceral surgery is a type of surgery that involves the internal organs. These organs include the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. Visceral surgery is often used to treat cancerous tumours or infections in these areas.

The term visceral comes from the Latin word viscus, which means ‘internal organ’. Visceral surgery can be used to remove diseased tissue or damaged organs, or to repair damaged tissue or organs. A doctor who specialises in this type of surgery is called a general or abdominal surgeon.

The department of visceral surgery specialises in

  • Endoscopic surgery: removal of the appendix, all types of hernia surgery, bowel obstructions, gastric band surgery, bile duct exploration, peptic ulcer surgery …
  • Laser surgery: removal of anal haemorrhoids …
  • Surgery of the digestive system
  • Liver, gall bladder and pancreas surgery
  • Emergency surgery
chirurgie viscérale
Chirurgie système digestive


Digestive surgery is a medical treatment that involves one or more surgical procedures on the digestive tract. Surgeons may perform different types of procedures to treat conditions such as abdominal pain, bleeding and bowel obstruction.

Surgery can affect the following organs:

  • Oesophagus
  • Stomach
  • Duodenum
  • small intestine
  • appendix
  • large intestine (colon)
  • rectum
  • Anus

Our visceral and digestive surgery department provides the best surgical treatments for our patients.


Gastrointestinal cancer surgery (performed in our Gastrointestinal Surgery department) is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of a cancerous tumour in the digestive tract. It may also be called gastroenterostomy, gastric reduction surgery or gastric resection.

The most common type of surgery for cancer of the digestive tract is gastrectomy (or tumour resection). This involves removing part or all of the stomach, leaving the upper part intact and creating a stomach pouch.

We treat conditions related to digestive cancers, such as colorectal cancer and anal cancer, and the treatment of non-cancerous digestive disorders.

Chirurgie du cancer digestif
chirurgie endoscopique


Endoscopic surgery is a form of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) performed using an endoscope, a long, flexible tube with a light and camera at the end. The endoscope has two openings that allow instruments to be inserted into the body during surgery. MIS techniques can be used to perform surgery in all parts of the body, including the brain, abdomen and chest.

Our Visceral and Gastrointestinal Surgery teams are responsible for the following operations:

  • Removal of the appendix,
  • Hernia operations of all kinds,
  • Bowel obstruction,
  • Gastric band operations,
  • Exploration of the bile ducts,
  • Surgery for stomach ulcers
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Urogenital surgery is the branch of surgery that deals with the urinary system and the genitals.

The urinary system includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra and urogenital diaphragm. The genitalia include the external genitalia (genitals), the internal genitalia (uterus, cervix or womb) and the perineum (pudendal region).

Treatment of diseases of the:

  • Kidney
  • Bladder
  • Uterus
  • Ovaries

Our Gastrointestinal Surgery department provides the best surgical care for our patients.

chirurgie uro-génitale


Secretory organ surgery is surgery performed on organs that secrete chemicals. These organs include the pancreas, thyroid, parathyroid, thymus and adrenal glands.

The first three of these organs are responsible for producing hormones that regulate metabolism and digestion. The thymus produces T-cells that help fight infection, while the adrenal glands produce the hormone cortisol. The parathyroid glands produce parathyroid hormone (PTH), which regulates calcium levels in the blood and bones.


Secretory organ surgery is performed to remove damaged tissue or repair a damaged area in one of these organs. It can be carried out on any part of the damaged organ, for example during surgery for cancerous tumours or cysts. It can also be used to remove excess tissue from an organ that is not working properly because of cell malfunction (such as hypertrophy).

Treatment of diseases of:

  • Vesicles
  • Bile ducts
  • Spleen
  • Lymph nodes
  • Pancreas
  • Thyroid gland
  • Parathyroid gland


Obesity surgery (performed in our Gastrointestinal Surgery department), also known as “bariatric surgery”, includes gastric banding, bypass, etc.

A gastric band is a restrictive weight loss surgery that helps the body feel fuller after eating less food. Gastric banding is one of many types of bariatric surgery.

The gastric band is a device that is placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch. The band limits the amount of food you can eat at one time and slows the rate at which food leaves your stomach. This makes you feel fuller, which can help you eat less over time.

chirurgie de l'obésité


Crohn’s disease is a chronic disorder of the digestive tract. It causes inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the bowel, resulting in symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, tiredness, weight loss and fever.

Crohn’s disease is incurable, but treatment can help manage symptoms and prevent complications. Treatment often includes drugs that suppress the immune system and anti-inflammatory drugs that reduce inflammation caused by the disease. Some people with Crohn’s disease may need surgery.

Crohn’s disease is a lifelong condition that affects the gastrointestinal tract – from the mouth to the anus – causing swelling (inflammation), damage to the bowel and blockages called fistulas that connect one part of the bowel to another part or to the skin. Inflammation occurs anywhere along the digestive tract – from the mouth to the anus – and causes symptoms depending on where it occurs.

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A visceral surgeon is a doctor who specialises in the treatment of visceral organs. The term ‘visceral’ refers to the organs in the abdominal cavity, including the stomach, intestines, liver, spleen and pancreas. A visceral surgeon may also be called an abdominal surgeon or a general surgeon.

Visceral surgeons are trained to operate on all parts of the digestive tract and associated organs. They are able to perform laparoscopic surgery, where a camera is inserted through a small incision in the abdomen to view the internal organs. This reduces recovery time and allows the surgeon to make more precise incisions.

Visceral surgeons also treat diseases of the digestive system by removing diseased tissue or replacing damaged parts with healthy tissue from other parts of the body. This may be done by open surgery or laparoscopy, depending on the severity of the condition and the amount of damage it has caused.

Bowel obstruction is a condition in which an abnormal blockage prevents food from passing through the digestive system. Obstruction can be caused by a number of things, including:

  • An hernia, which occurs when part of the bowel passes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall.
  • A tumour or other growth that puts pressure on the bowel
  • A scar from previous surgery or trauma to the abdomen.

Bowel obstructions are classified as partial or complete. A partial obstruction means that some, but not all, of the bowel is blocked. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhoea. Complete obstruction means that all of the bowel is blocked and symptoms are severe, such as severe abdominal and rectal pain that gets worse over time and does not go away after eating.

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed through small incisions in the abdomen. This type of surgery has been shown to give better results than open surgery for many common conditions. The main advantage of laparoscopic surgery is that it requires smaller incisions and less scarring.

Laparoscopic surgery can be used for many types of surgery, including:

  • Appendicitis
  • Gall bladder removal
  • Hernia repair
  • Bowel resection (removal of the bowel)
  • Removing and transplanting kidneys (nephrectomy)

Surgery for a peptic ulcer is a procedure to remove the ulcer and repair the damage.

There are two types of peptic ulcer surgery:

Gastrectomy: This involves the removal of part or all of the stomach (gastric sleeve). It is done if there are cancerous changes in the stomach lining. It may also be done if there are no other treatment options for a severe ulcer that is not improving with medication.

Gastroplasty (fundoplication): This is an operation to repair the lower part of the stomach (the fundus) and reduce the risk of reflux.

Gastroplasty can also be used to treat hiatal hernia and symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is known as a Nissen fundoplication or laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication.

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