of the upper digestive tract

Hospital for Digestive Surgery – First Surgical Hospital (X Department)
Clinical Center of Serbia in Belgrade


Clinical Center of Serbia (CCS), positioned in Belgrade is a unique healthcare institution that has been created by uniting hospitals and institutes of the University Medical School of Belgrade. CCS included a total of 41 organizational units: 23 hospitals, 9 centers, a polyclinic and 9 service facilities.

First Surgical Hospital was founded in 1921 when it was proclaimed the first teaching and expert institution for surgical studies in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. The Department of Surgery is as old as the University Medical School of Belgrade (founded in 1920). Since foundation, the First Surgical Hospital has undergone reconstructions several times, while today it functions within the Clinical Center of Serbia founded in 1083.

Center for Esophageal Surgery, , now functioning as the organizational unit within the First Surgical Hospital of the Clinical Center of Serbia, was founded in 1980 as the Republican Center for Esophageal Surgery. The Center involves three departments, among which also the Department of Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Upper Digestive Tract founded on March 7, 2010.

Department for Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Upper Digestive Tract

Hospital for Digestive Surgery has been created with the goal to support further development of minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive (laparoscopic and thoracoscopic) surgery has been developing in the Center for Esophageal Surgery of the Hospital of Digestive Surgery of CCS since 2004 when the first laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication was performed. In 2006 the first laparoscopic surgery for achalasia cardia was performed. Since 2009 a minimally invasive esophagectomy (hybrid procedure) has been performed as a standard procedure in the treatment of esophageal malignant tumor. Today, as standard minimally invasive surgeries, we perform laparoscopic abdominal resection, subtotal and total gastroectomy and many others, while up-to-date we have performed hundreds of advanced laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures. These results confirm the strategic option of the Department, i.e. to improve constantly activities and responsibility regarding, not only medical but also non-medical expectations of patients. In addition, we are convinced that the growth and development of the Department for Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Hospital for Digestive Surgery must be closely associated with the contribution and improvement of the surroundings of the Hospital and Clinical Center of Serbia, but also of surgery in Serbia. The sustainable development represents a continuation of our dedication to the improvement of work, and the website of activities within the domain of improvement in the information of patients and the public, as well as the total social responsibility.

Department of Minimally Invasive Surgery in rating

Department for Minimally Invasive Surgery has 15 beds. Over 270 surgeries are annually performed at the Department, among which, in over 40% by laparoscopic approach. Annually, we perform over 1500 ambulatory examinations for outpatients and about 600-700 endoscopic examinations. Beside the standard number of surgeries at the annual level, our goal is to increase the total sum of the participation of laparoscopic, i.e. minimally invasive procedures. We have achieved this owing to continual education, by accepting new techniques and improvement of those that are already performed.