07. June 2016

New Surgical Methods

Proctology at University Hospital Basel, Switzerland: University Hospital Basel has expanded its range of proctological services. Patients receive interdisciplinary care and are offered cutting-edge treatment options such as laser treatment for fistula and hemorrhoids.


Proctology has gradually become an independent discipline over the course of the last few years. The symptoms involved are diverse, and patients are often under a great deal of psychological stress. Consequently there was an ongoing requirement for deeper levels of specialist knowledge, not just in diagnostics but particularly in the surgical treatment of proctological conditions. In our new consulting rooms, a team of physicians and nurses from our Abdominal Surgery, Gastroenterology and Dermatology departments provide care and treatment also for international patients. In doing so, ongoing patient support and intensive discussion with referring colleagues are their primary focus.

The team provides each patient with a personalized treatment plan that draws on the whole spectrum of proctological treatment options, including the use of both established and cutting-edge treatment methods. In early 2016, University Hospital Basel installed “Leonardo”, a state-of-the-art laser unit. The laser releases energy in a fine radial beam, which heats and shrinks areas of tissue with pinpoint accuracy. We use the unit to treat hemorrhoids, pilonidal sinuses (small cysts or abscesses that occur in the cleft at the top of the buttocks), and anal fistula (small tunnels that develop between the end of the bowel and the skin near the anus). The results thus far are promising, particularly the way in which the treatment protects surrounding structures such as the sphincter muscle. Moreover, the procedure is minimally invasive and causes very little discomfort. Consequently, our patients return home quickly and are happy with their treatment. We then do a clinical follow-up four weeks after the procedure.

For further information and appointments at University Hospital Basel, please contact our International Service Team.