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Here you can find information about the subject areas we are specialized in. For initial assessments and second opinions we are also available for you at any time.

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.
More information

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

Contact address
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch


 

 

Responsible Chief Physicians


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The team f.l.t.r.: Dr. D. Schneiter, PD Dr. S. Hillinger, Prof. Dr. W. Weder, Prof.Dr. I. Schmitt-Opitz, Prof.Dr. I. Inci, Dr. C. Caviezel, Dr. O.Lauk



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


Contact address
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Consultation hours upon agreement
Tel. +41 44 255 37 70
thoraxchirurgie.ambulant@usz.ch

Responsible Chief Physicians



Prof. Dr. Ilhan Inci
Senior Attending Physician
Prof. Dr. Isabelle Schmitt-Opitz, 
Senior Attending Physician

PD Dr. Sven Hillinger,
Senior 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
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch


Contact address
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Consultation hours upon agreement
Tel. +41 44 255 37 70
thoraxchirurgie.ambulant@usz.ch

 
Responsible Chief Physicians

Dr. Didier Schneiter
Director of Department a. i., 
Co-Director ILZ

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


Contact address
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Consultation hours
upon agreement
Tel. +41 44 255 37 70
thoraxchirurgie.ambulant@usz.ch

 

 
Responsible Chief Physicians

​Dr. Didier Schneiter, 
Director of Department a. i, 
Co-Director ILZ

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


Contact address
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Consultation hours
upon agreement
Tel. +41 44 255 37 70
thoraxchirurgie.ambulant@usz.ch

 

Responsible Chief Physicians

​Prof. Dr. Isabelle Schmitt-Opitz,
Senior Attending Physician
 

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


Contact address
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Consultation hours
upon agreement
Tel. +41 44 255 37 70
thoraxchirurgie.ambulant@usz.ch

 
Responsible Cief Physicians



Dr. Didier Schneiter, 
Director of Department a. i.,
Co-Director ILZ

Prof. Dr. Isabelle Schmitt-Opitz,
Senior Attending Physician




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

Responsible Chief Physicians

Kaderteam17_DSC5894_ct.jpg

The team f.l.t.r.: Dr. D. Schneiter, PD Dr. S. Hillinger, Prof. Dr. W. Weder,
Prof. Dr. I. Schmitt-Opitz, Prof. Dr. I. Inci, Dr. C. Caviezel, Dr. O.Lauk


 

Consultation hours 
upon agreement
Tel. +41 44 255 37 70
thoraxchirurgie.ambulant@usz.ch     

Contact address
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

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


Contact address
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Consultation hours upon agreement
Tel. +41 44 255 37 70
thoraxchirurgie.ambulant@usz.ch

 
Responsible Chief Physicians

Dr. Didier Schneiter, 
Director of Department a. i. , Co-Director ILZ



 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.

More information

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

Contact address
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Consultation hours upon agreement
Tel. +41 44 255 37 70
thoraxchirurgie.ambulant@usz.ch

 
Responsible Chief Physicians

Dr. Didier Schneiter, 
Director of Department a. i, 
Co-Director ILZ


 

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

Responsible Chief Physicians

Kaderteam17_DSC5894_ct.jpg

The team f.l.t.r.: Dr. D. Schneiter, PD Dr. S. Hillinger, Prof. Dr. W. Weder,
Prof. Dr. I. Schmitt-Opitz, Prof. Dr. I. Inci, Dr. C. Caviezel, Dr. O.Lauk



Consultation hours 
upon agreement
Tel. +41 44 255 37 70
thoraxchirurgie.ambulant@usz.ch     


Contact address

University Hospital Zurich
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

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

Consultation hours
upon agreement
Tel. +41 44 255 37 70
thoraxchirurgie.ambulant@usz.ch

Responsible Chief Physicians

Dr. Didier Schneiter
Director of Department a. i.
Co-Director ILZ

​Prof. Dr. Isabelle Schmitt-Opitz
Senior 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
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch
ilz@usz.ch

Contact address
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Consultation hours upon agreement
Tel. +41 44 255 37 70
thoraxchirurgie.ambulant@usz.ch

 
Responsible Chief Physicians

Dr. Didier Schneiter
Director of Department a. i.
Co-Director ILZ

Prof. Dr. Isabelle Schmitt-Opitz,
Senior Attending Physician


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​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
Tel. +41 44 255 88 02
thoraxchirurgie@usz.ch

Contact address
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Consultation hours upon agreement
Tel. +41 44 255 37 70
thoraxchirurgie.ambulant@usz.ch

 
Responsible Chief Physicians

Prof. Dr. Isabelle Schmitt-Opitz,
Senior Attending Physician (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

Contact address
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Raemistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Consultation hours
upon agreement

Tel. +41 44 255 37 70
thoraxchirurgie.ambulant@usz.ch

 
 
Responsible Chief Physicians
 

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

Consultation hours
upon agreement
Tel. +41 44 255 37 70
thoraxchirurgie.ambulant@usz.ch

Responsible Chief Physicians

Dr. Didier Schneiter
Director of Department a.i.

Prof. Dr. Isabelle Schmitt-Opitz,
Senior Attending Physcian

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.

2019 Aufkärung Port.pdf (german PDF)


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