On May 1, 2019, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Ordemann started as chief physician of the Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery at Spandau Hospital. He succeeds Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Köckerling, who has been leading the center on an interim basis and continues to head the Department of Surgery - Visceral and Vascular Surgery.
Why bariatric surgery saves lives
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Ordemann: "Obesity surgery is more than just weight reduction, because obesity surgery saves lives. In cases of severe obesity, conservative measures such as nutritional counseling and exercise therapy are doomed to failure. The cause is found in the disease itself. Biophysiological and genetic conditions of those affected as well as a completely altered environment lead to this chronic clinical picture. Surgical measures such as the gastric bypass or the tubular stomach break this cycle. Studies clearly show that surgical therapy is the effective and long-term form of treatment. In addition, secondary diseases such as diabetes mellitus type 2, hypertension or sleep apnea syndrome are significantly improved. The quality of life of patients increases and life expectancy is prolonged. Dieting is no longer perceived as a torture after surgery, but as a normal condition."
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Ordemann studied in Lübeck and Freiburg and completed his residency in surgery and his further training as a specialist in visceral surgery at the Charité, University Medicine Berlin. In 2005, Prof. Ordemann habilitated in surgery. In 2012, he accepted a professorship in bariatric surgery at Charité, where he founded the Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery. From 2016 to 2018, Prof. Ordemann headed the Department of Obesity and Metabolic Surgery at the Clinic for General, Visceral and Oncological Surgery at Helios Klinikum Berlin-Buch.
Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery
The Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery at Vivantes Spandau Hospital provides interdisciplinary care for patients with morbid obesity and its accompanying diseases. The focus is on the surgical treatment of obesity, known as bariatric surgery. Decisive for these patients is the pre- and aftercare. This includes nutritional, exercise and behavioral therapy measures.
About the Vivantes Spandau Hospital
Vivantes Spandau Hospital is a hospital with 627 beds. Every year, 998 employees care for about 25,000 full and partial inpatients and about 30,000 outpatients.
The medical treatment spectrum of the 15 medical departments in Spandau ranges from dermatology and allergology to cardiology and palliative medicine. There is also a department for movement surgery, a pneumology department, a neurology clinic with stroke unit and a neurological rehabilitation department. Special features in the Berlin hospital landscape are the Hernia Center and the Memory Clinic as part of the Clinic for Gerontopsychiatry. The Vivantes Tumor Center - Oncology Center North and the Vivantes Skin Tumor Center Berlin, for example, offer bundled expertise, which is complemented by high-performance radiation therapy.