Swiss1Chirurgie with new location in Brig

With the new clinic in Brig, Swiss1Chirurgie, under the leadership of Professor Dr. Jörg Zehetner, has now also found a location in the Upper Valais. With the specialisation in obesity surgery, the treatment of abdominal hernias and reflux diseases, the population in the region is thus provided with a medical service that is probably unique in Valais in this specialisation.

(from left) Dr. med. Urs Summermatter, Professor Dr. Jörg Zehetner

Until now, Professor Dr. Zehetner’s specialist medical services were related to the catchment areas of Bern and, more recently, Solothurn. With the engagement in the medical centre Praxis Dr. Summermatter in Bahnhofstrasse 1 in Brig, the specialised surgeon now also provides his professional services directly in the Valais. This seems to be quite necessary, as the provision of such specialised services was rather meagre to non-existent.

The work in the new medical centre is supported by the specialist colleague Alejandro Metzger, MD, who also specialises in obesity and abdominal surgery. In this way, a professional service can be established in Valais under the banner of Swiss1Chirurgie. It is also interesting to note that a specialist in cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery has set up shop directly in the medical centre. This can be a complementary component in many cases of obesity surgery, ensuring the restoration of the patient’s complete health and aesthetic well-being. It also makes sense that Dr. Summermatter’s clinic also offers special nutritional counselling services. This closes a circle of medical competencies that are evidenced above all by Professor Dr Zehetner and his colleague Dr Metzger.

(from left) Alejandro Metzger, MD, Professor Jörg Zehetner, MD, and David Kiermeir, MD.

The fact that the services offered by the specialists for bariatric surgery meet with a high level of acceptance, especially here in the Upper Valais, was already evident at the opening of the clinic with an open day. For a whole eight hours, Professor Dr Zehetner and Dr Metzger answered the questions of the interested visitors and the invited expert colleagues. This proves that there is definitely a great demand here for the specialised services of obesity surgery and the treatment of reflux diseases, which can now be satisfied in the new treatment rooms of Swiss1Chirurgie.

Alejandro Metzger, MD, and Professor Dr Jörg Zehetner in conversation

Swiss1Chirurgie opens new location in Brig

The opening of the new Swiss1Chirurgie clinic in Brig was a real highlight for the guests, professional visitors and of course also for the team around Dr Jörg Zehetner. In a short speech, the medical specialist for abdominal surgery and reflux treatments praised the great achievements of the builders and was pleased with the successful implementation of the design ideas in the treatment rooms. Great praise for this also came from the visitors to the opening event, who were very enthusiastic not only during the tours of the rooms.

Those present were particularly interested in the medical services offered in the Swiss1Chirurgie clinic in Brig. It was above all Dr. Jörg Zehetner who went from one conversation to the next and did not simply inform about the range of services, for example, in the surgical treatment of obesity. This is how the first individual questions came, combined with the first diagnoses and the scheduling of the upcoming consultations and interventions.

For all those who were able to attend the opening of the Swiss1Chirurgie clinic in Brig on 26.08.2019, it was both an interesting and informative event. This is not least because a new medical service has been created in Brig, which has already met with great acceptance at the other Swiss1Chirurgie locations in line with a growing need.

Bahnhofstrasse 1, 3900 Brig, Schweiz

The first Swiss1Chirurgie magazine is here

With its first magazine, Swiss1Chirurgie addresses all patients and those hungry for information who want to learn more about the topics of morbid obesity or about reflux disease.

We work our way forward in interesting articles on these topics and also provide interesting information about our clinics and the Centre for Bariatric Surgery (ZfbC).

You can find out more about the magazine itself and the contents in detail in the detailed article.

You can pick up a printed copy of the magazine in the Swiss1Chirurgie clinics. Those who can no longer get a copy or prefer to read online can obtain the magazine via the following link:

We hope you enjoy reading and look forward to your feedback or meeting you in person at one of our locations in Brig, Bern or Solothurn.

Your Swiss1Chirurgie

Dr. Jörg Zehetner

The first edition of the Swiss1Chirurgie magazine is out. The magazine is now available as a printed copy in our clinics in Brig, Bern and Solothurn. For those who prefer to read the first Swiss1Chirurgie magazine online, it is also available for download via the Swiss1Chirurgie app or on the Swiss1Chirurgie website.

To the contents

We are happy to inform you now, more or less in advance, about the thematic focal points of the magazine in the March 2020 edition.

Morbid obesity, a widespread affliction

A major focus is morbid obesity. From stigmatisation to treatment options, you will learn a lot in the magazine that is worth knowing, new, interesting and particularly informative for those affected. In this way, we do not simply want to disseminate scientific findings, but above all to show the individual path to change. In an easily understandable yet correct form.

To this end, we have approached this still very difficult topic in the magazine with various articles, statements, reports and testimonials. We hope that this will pave a new way for overweight people in particular to get informed and ultimately take the right steps to treat their morbid obesity.

At this point, the reports by and about Sina Gossweiler, also known as Sina Lark in the music scene, should be of particular interest. The young woman is not only known from the show “Deutschland sucht den Superstar” (DSDS), but has also been fighting against morbid obesity for a long time. Obviously with success.

Reflux – When acid regurgitation becomes a torment

Another main topic in the first Swiss1Chirurgie magazine is reflux disease. Persistent, chronic acid regurgitation is not only unpleasant and annoying, it can also have real medical significance. Especially when the oesophagus is attacked by the constant confrontation with stomach acid. Consequential symptoms can extend to oesophageal cancer.

Here we also take the opportunity to present different medical and surgical procedures for the treatment of reflux disease in a little more detail.

Portrait of our locations

The first issue of the Swiss1Chirurgie magazine also gives us the opportunity to present our locations in Brig, Solothurn and Berne in more detail. You will not only learn interesting facts about the clinics themselves, but also about the doctors who are there for you every day.

We will also focus on the Centre for Bariatric Surgery Bern (ZfbC) and show you how the scientific work is being further developed there. A number of different specialist papers and support for bariatric surgery worldwide shows the expertise with which this centre is equipped.

New app makes access to specialist medical services more tangible

We would also be pleased to introduce you to the new Swiss1Chirurgie app. Many people already know them and may also use them to read this article. Anyone who is not yet familiar with the new Swiss1Chirurgie app is expressly invited here to download and use it free of charge.

A wealth of information, a direct line to the medical specialist and support before, during and after treatment are just some of the many benefits that you can enjoy with the Swiss1Chirurgie app.

Take advantage of this opportunity and simply pick up your print copy of the Swiss1Chirurgie magazine in the clinic or download the online version to your device.

I hope you enjoy reading

Your Swiss1Chirurgie
Dr. Jörg Zehetner

What is LINX, what can LINX do?

Swiss1Chirurgie informs – The LINX System

Constant acid regurgitation is not only annoying, but can also cause serious secondary diseases. What is summarised in technical language as reflux is an extremely unpleasant restriction of the quality of life for those affected.

The LINX system has been available for years for reflux therapy and has led to extremely positive results. You can find out what LINX is, what LINX can do and how it works in the detailed article, in the video or on the Swiss1Chirurgie website.

Learn more about the reflux therapy procedure

There are probably around 20 percent of the population who regularly or chronically complain of reflux of stomach acid into the oesophagus. However, acid regurgitation is not only extremely unpleasant, but can also cause serious health problems, including oesophageal cancer.

With LINX, a system is available that can effectively prevent the backflow of gastric juice into the oesophagus. This system is used as part of a minimally invasive surgical operation. After placement of the LINX system, the symptoms subside and patients can return to a normal life in most cases.

What is LINX?

In principle, the LINX system is a magnetic ring chain. At first glance, the system can be compared to an elastic pearl necklace, whereby here the pearls are on magnets that are titanium-coated and thus completely harmless to the organism. Due to the attractive forces acting on the magnetic beads, they are repeatedly attracted to each other in the absence of counterpressure, which leads to a narrowing of the chain. When mechanical tension is applied to the system, the chain expands and widens the passage.

What can LINX do?

The LINX system is placed around the lower end of the oesophagus in a minor surgical procedure. The attraction of the titanium-coated magnetic beads creates a reliable closure of the oesophageal outlet without compressing the oesophagus. Only when, for example, a certain internal pressure is exerted on the oesophagus by the intake of food, does the magnetic ring open so that the food pulp or even liquids can enter the stomach unhindered. In this way, the normal function of the oesophagus is efficiently supported and the reflux of gastric juice into the oesophagus can be prevented. The bottom line is that LINX is strong enough to close the oesophageal junction into the stomach, but weak enough to allow air to escape from the stomach or vomiting to occur.

Practical experience

The LINX system has been known and proven for years. In the Swiss1Chirurgie clinics, this system is preferably used for reflux therapy whenever possible. The experience is extremely good, which includes that there are hardly any complications with the system during and after the surgical procedure. Since 2015, Prof. Dr. Jörg Zehetner has already treated over 250 patients with the LINX system. For most people with reflux symptoms, this system is the first choice, provided there is otherwise normal oesophageal function.

In order to assess this condition, a preliminary assessment of oesophageal function and reflux symptoms is essential. This preliminary examination includes a gastroscopy and a functional test of the oesophagus. Ideally, these examinations are supplemented by manometry, which means measuring the pressure in the oesophagus.

Would you like more information? Do you yourself have complaints due to acid reflux? Then watch the video with Prof. Dr. Jörg Zehetner, visit the Swiss1Chirurgie website or make an appointment at one of the Swiss1Chirurgie clinics in Bern, Brig or Solothurn.