Our services

Consultations, examinations and treatment

Below you find information about the subject areas we are specialized in. We are also available for initial assessments and second opinions.

We are now also available for you at the USZ Flughafen Circle. In a modern environment with the latest infrastructure we will offer the entire range of consultation hours. If you prefer to have your consultation at the USZ Flughafen Circle, please contact us on +41 44 255 88 02. 

Contact address - USZ Campus
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Rämistrasse 100
8091 Zürich

​Contact address - USZ Flughafen Circle
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Floor 5, welcome desk J
The Circle 59
8058 Zürich-Flughafen


Further information to our locations can be found here: USZ locations.

Consultation hours are held upon agreement. For registration and information please contact us by phone at +41 44 255 88 02 or via email thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch. 



Lung cancer (Bronchial carcinoma)

Lung cancer and other lung tumors

The surgical treatment of lung cancer offers the best prospects of definite cure. There are different surgical procedures available, which are used for an individually tailored surgical operation depending on the stage, tumor type and patient-related factors. In most cases the surgeries are performed as minimally invasive procedures. In advanced stages challenging and complex surgical techniques are used.                          

Each patient case is discussed in a multi-disciplinary tumor board to assure that both in early but also in advanced stages the right combination therapy with medication or radiation is chosen.
Further information.

Medical TV broadcast "praxis gesundheit" from the 1. May 2017 (in german language)

Article in the "Schweizer Krebsbulletin" No. 1/2016 about: lung cancer screening (german PDF)


Registration and information
(Consultation hours upon agreement)
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch

Lung transplantations

Lung transplantation

For patients with lung diseases in advanced stages lung transplantations are nowadays an established therapy, which leads to significantly increased life quality and improves the chances to survive.

In Switzerland Prof. Dr. Walter Weder performed the first lung transplantation on a patient in 1992. Since then more than 460 lung transplantations (status of August 2015) have been performed in our hospital. Our surgery results are among the best in the world. In parallel the patient selection and treatment was optimized by continuous research. The care of these patients was conducted in close cooperation with the Department of Pneumology.
More information.

Film in Puls-TV (SRF) from 16.5.2011
Transplantation Center USZ


Registration and information
(Consultation hours upon agreement)
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch

Responsible Chief Physicians



Prof. Dr. Isabelle Schmitt-Opitz,
Director of Department

Prof. Dr. Ilhan Inci,
Senior Attending Physician


PD Dr. Sven Hillinger,
Senior Attending Physician

​Dr. Claudio Caviezel, 
Attending Physician

Lung emphysema (smoker's lung)

Lung emphysema (smoker's lung)

Lung emphysema is an irreversible hyperinflation (enlargement) and destruction of the lungs. In an advanced stage the respiratory distress can be significantly improved with a lung reduction operation (volume reduction) in selected patients. The breathing muscles are functioning better due to the adjustment to a normal size of the lungs.

We performed this surgery minimally invasive as the first center in the world. In the last years the patient selection and treatment was optimized due to continuous research and the surgery risk was maximally reduced. Each patient is interdisciplinary discussed together with the colleagues from pneumology and additional therapies, in particular endobronchial procedures, are proved.
More information.

Registration and information
(Consultation hours upon agreement)
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch

Responsible Chief Physician

Dr. Didier Schneiter,
Senior Attending Physician, 
Deputy of Director of Department

Thymomas and mediastinal tumors

Thymomas and mediastinal tumors

The space between the lungs that is limited at the front by the sternum and at the back by the spine is called mediastinum and accomodates the heart, the large vessels, the thymus lymphatic node and nerves.

Tumors of these organs are rather rare and due to the connection to this important structures an extraction is often very critical and should be performed in a center like ours. Occasionally we can extract these tumors minimally invasive with the Da Vinci robot; this particularly applies for the thymus.
More information.


Registration and information
(Consultation hours upon agreement)
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch

Responsible Chief Physician

Dr. Didier Schneiter,
Senior Attending Physician
Deputy of Director of Department

Malignant pleural mesothelioma

Malignant pleural mesothelioma

Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare, but aggressively growing tumor arising from the pleura. Untreated the tumor leads in most cases to death within a few months. About 80 percent of the cases are associated with an exposure to asbestos.

The best results are achieved nowadays with combination therapies, where a chemotherapy with surgical macroscopic complete tumor resection are performed. Currently immunotherapy and other new medications are tested. We are in our center in an internationally leading position concerning the treatment and research of MPM.
More information.

Registration and information
(Consultation hours upon agreement)
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch

Responsible Chief Physicians

​Prof. Dr. Isabelle Schmitt-Opitz,
Director of Department
 

Minimally invasive/robotic-assisted surgery

Minimally invasive/robotic-assisted surgery

With the so-called keyhole (minimally invasive) technique complicated surgeries such as the extraction of pulmonary lobes in cases of cancer are performed through small (1 cm) long cuts by means of a camera and specialized instruments. This has the benefit for the patient that fewer pain occurs, the recovery after the surgery is quicker and the scars are looking cosmetically better.

For some surgeries additional precision is achieved by using the Da Vinci robot. We applied this technique as one of the first centers in the world.

Registration and information
(Consultation hours upon agreement)
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch

Responsible Cief Physicians



Prof. Dr. Isabelle Schmitt-Optiz,
Director of Department


Dr. Didier Schneiter,
Senior Attending Physician
Deputy of Director of Department



PD Dr. Sven Hillinger,
Senior Attending Physician


Pneumothorax

Pneumothorax

A pneumothoray is a partial or complete collapse of the lungs due to air collection between the lungs and the chest wall. In most cases a small lung rupture is the reason therefore. This occurs acutely and needs to be treated immediately.
More information.

Registration and information
(Consultation hours upon agreement)
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch

Thorax trauma

Trauma of the thorax

Injuries of the thorax and lungs can be life-threating and require a quick and professional reaction. Our team is available for the trauma center of UHZ with specialist knowledge and surgical experience at day and night.
More information.


Registration and information
(Consultation hours upon agreement)
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch


Responsible Cief Physicians


Dr. Didier Schneiter
Senior Attending Physician
Deputof Director of Department

Prof. Dr. Ilhan Inci,
Senior Attending Physician


Chest wall deformities

Chest wall deformities

Chest wall (pectus excavatum and pigeon chest ) are usually congenital. The correction is mostly cosmetic, but occasionally necessary for functional reasons. The operation is carried out mainly through minimally invasive techniques.

Registration and information
(Consultation hours upon agreement)
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch

Responsible Chief Physician

Dr. Didier Schneiter,
Senior Attending Physician
Deputy of Director of Department

Infectious diseases

Complicated infections of the lungs and chest cavity

Infections of the lungs and chest cavity treated with medication are usually successful. Intricate patterns by pus between the lung and chest wall (empyema) or destruction of lung tissue, for example, Bronchiectasis, abscesses, fungal infections, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, also require a demanding surgical treatment.
More information.

Registration and information
(Consultation hours upon agreement)
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch

Hyperhidrosis and erythrophobia

Hyperhidrosis and erythrophobia

Increased sweating is defined as hyperhidrosis. Affected persons produce more sweat than they would need for regulating their body temperature.

Erythrophobia is the definition for the fear of blushing whereas the distinct blushing in the face is increasing the unease in this situation even more. In most cases not the blushing itself but the fear of uncontrolled occurrence is the problem.

More information.


Registration and information

(Consultation hours upon agreement)
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch

Responsible Chief Physicians


Prof. Dr. Isabelle Schmitt-Optiz,
Director of Department

Dr. Didier Schneiter,
Senior Attending Physician, 
Deputy of Director of Department

caviezel-claudio.jpg
​Dr. Claudio Caviezel, 
Attending Physician
Interventional bronchology

Interventional bronchology

In our center for endoscopic lung and thorax interventions besides the conventional, purely diagnostic video bronchoscopies mainly interventional therapeutic procedures are performed. The interventional bronchology is offered together in cooperation with the Department of Pneumology by a interdisciplinary team.
More information.


Registration and information
(Consultation hours upon agreement)
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch

Responsible Chief Physicians


Prof. Dr. Isabelle Schmitt-Opitz
Director of Department

Dr. Didier Schneiter
Senior Attending Physician
Deputy of Director of Department

caviezel-claudio.jpg

​Dr. Claudio Caviezel,
Attending Physician

Pulmonary endarterectomy

Pulmonary endarterectomy

Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a special type of pulmonary hypertension (caused by pulmonary embolism), which can be cured by surgery. During this challenging procedure the vessels are freed from obstructing material responsible for the increased resistance. The surgery is performed at the heart-lung machine in low hypothermia (18°C) and circulatory arrest.

Patients benefit functionally and survive longer. Diagnosis and treatment of this disease is an interdisciplinary effort which is responded by our CTEPH team, including besides thoracic surgeon and pulmonologists, radiologists, intensive care therapists  and anesthesiologists.
More information.

Registration and information
(Consultation hours upon agreement)
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch

Responsible Chief Physician

Prof. Dr. Isabelle Schmitt-Opitz,
Director of Department (Program Director)

Smoking prevention and smoking cessation

Smoking prevention and smoking cessation

Together with a senior physician of pneumology we started a project for smoking prevention in students in the year of 2009.

We invite to these events infrequently (depending on the demand about approx. 4 to 5 times per year) school classes of the last primary level or 1st to 2nd secondary level or high school and inform about the anatomical and physiologic aspects of the lung/respiration as well as about the influences/damages caused by smoking.
More information.

Registration and information
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch

Responsible Chief Physician
 

PD Dr. Sven Hillinger,
Senior Attending Physician


Rare diseases of the thoracic cavity

Rare diseases of the thoracic cavity

In the thoracic cavity, rare tumors, cysts or congenital diseases require a special knowledge because of their scarcity.

As a multidisciplinary center for thoracic surgery, we have a comprehensive expertise, especially as the largest center of Switzerland we see these problems with a certain regularity. Furthermore our vast international network allows us to involve expert knowledge worldwide.
More information.


Registration and information

(Consultation hours upon agreement)
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch

Responsible Chief Physicians


​Prof. Dr. Isabelle Schmitt-Opitz,
Director of Department

​Dr. Didier Schneiter,
Senior Attending Physician
Deputof Director of Department

 

​PD Dr. Sven Hillinger, 
Senior Attending Physician

Prof. Dr. Ilhan Inci,
Senior Attending Physician



Port implantation (informed consent form)

Patient information - consent to port implantation

We aks the internal as well as external assigners, who register patiens for the port implantation, to give the patient the following informed consent form (Port-Aufklärungsformular) in the double.

The patient can inform him/herself already at home about the implantation process and connected risks oft he system and therefore discuss remaining open questions personally with the surgeon at the day of admission to the UniversityHospital and give written informed consent.

The signed form should be brought at the day of surgery.

2020 Aufkärung Port.pdf (german PDF)

Patient register form for referring physicians (family doctor or hospitals)

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