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The Department of Experimental Surgery at the University Medical Centre Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum

The Department of Surgery at the University Medical Centre Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum – Hospital of the RUHR-University Bochum represents the full spectrum of surgery. Emphasis is placed on visceral / abdominal surgery, vascular surgery and transplantation surgery.

Visceral surgery has its emphasis on benign and malignant tumours of the entire abdominal region. Additionally, metastases and recurrent tumours are removed. The entire repertoire of abdominal surgery is offered and includes the following fields: Esophagus operations on benign or malignant diseases; Operations on stomach cancer, ulcers and reflux diseases; Operations on the liver tumours or metastases; Operations on bile tracts, pancreatic tumours and inflammations; Operations on small intestines, colon tumours, inflammations and malformations; Operations on thyroid gland, adrenal glands and pancreas based on hormonal diseases.

The process of finding the medical indication for surgery and the follow-up care of patients with cancerous diseases includes a close cooperation with other medical departments of the hospital, especially with haematology / oncology.

Another distinctive feature of this clinic is the introduction of the so-called “fast-track-surgery” which will help with a quicker recovery after surgery and therefore reduce the length of the stay to only five days after an operation on the intestines.

The central element of this new clinical concept is the coordination and joint execution by surgeons, anaesthesiologists, nursing personal and physical therapists. The patients are intensively involved in this therapy concept and are taken care of in the best way possible with the application of modern treatment techniques and optimal pain therapy.

During vascular surgery all diseases of the extra thoracic arteries and venules are treated. Vascular reconstruction intervention takes place in the abdominal region, the pelvic vessels and the femoral vessels. Additionally, reconstructive interventions due to stenosis or occlusions of brain-supplying arteries are performed.

Performing about 140 organ transplants per year of which 25% of the patients receive combined surgery, the Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum holds a top ranked position in Europe in regard to combined kidney and pancreas transplantation. Germany-wide the hospital has been in first position for ten years regarding combined pancreas / kidney transplants, but with the isolated kidney transplantation in position three.

The university character of the Department of Surgery under the leadership of Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Richard Viebahn is underlined by a research focus on transplantation immunology, organ conservation as well as molecular oncogenesis. The importance of clinically oriented fundamental and applied research has been emphasised by the founding of the Department of Experimental Surgery in 2018 which is leaded by Ass.-Prof. Dr. Jochen Salber (PhD, MD), senior consultant at the Department of Surgery and head of the newly founded research group.

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Jochen Salber

Jochen Salber studied physics, chemistry and medicine at the RWTH-Aachen University. He received his diploma in chemistry from the RWTH-Aachen University in 1995. In 2001, he achieved his PhD in polymer and protein chemistry from the RWTH-Aachen University. During his medical education he worked as postdoc at the DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials at the RWTH. From 2006 to 2007 he prepared his practical year at University Hospital Aachen – Medical Faculty RWTH. In 2008 he achieved the license to practice medicine from the German government. From 2008 to 2014 he worked as resident in surgery at the UMC Bergmannsheil Bochum GmbH – Hospital of the RUHR-University Bochum and 2014 he changed to KHB to complete his surgical education and February 2018 he became a consultant for orthopaedic surgery. He founded his clinical research group “Medical Biomaterials” at ZKF (RUB) in July 2014. August 2018 Ass.-Prof. Dr. Salber became the head of the Department of Experimental Surgery which is belonging to the Department of Surgery of KHB leaded by Univ.-Prof. Dr. R. Viebahn.

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AREAS OF EXPERTISE
  • Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
  • Cancer and Stem Cell
  • Regeneration
  • Implant-associated Infections
RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Biocompatibility testing of biomaterials
  • Human-based 3D tissue equivalents as bioassay platform and as ATMPs
  • 3D carcinogenesis model
  • Stability and differentiation control of stem cells during manufacturing processes
  • Immunomodulation
  • Strategies to prevent and/or disrupt biofilms on implant surfaces

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