Department of General Surgery @ Policlinico San Donato

The Department of Surgery at Policlinico San Donato is a high-volume, tertiary care referral center for esophageal disease which is recognized at national and international level. 90% of the surgical procedures are performed via minimally invasive techniques through a transoral, laparoscopic, or thoracoscopic approach.
It is the only center in Italy and one of the few in the world where magnetic sphincter augmentation (LINX procedure) is performed in selected patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease. 

Our excellence in numbers


laparoscopic procedures per year


thoracoscopic procedures per year


transoral procedures per year

Notable advanced technological equipment

  • Olympus medical system: VISERA II - advanced laparoscopic equipment
  • Linx™ Reflux Management System (Torax - Ethicon)
  • BRAVO™ Reflux Testing System (MEDTRONIC)
  • Evident™ Microwave Ablation System
  • EndoStim® (EndoStim Inc.)
  • Thulium Laser (Quanta System spa)
  • Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound (Sonovue - Bracco)
  • BARRX™ Radiofrequency Ablation System  (Medtronic)
  • High Resolution Oesophageal Manometry (Sierra, Medtronic)
  • Da Vinci® Intuitive Surgical System

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Meet our team

Head physician

Luigi Bonavina

Gastrointestinal surgeon
Luigi Bonavina

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