Welcome to the Austrian page of the ESCP

In the past centuries there were some outstanding Austrian doctors like Julius Wagner-Jauregg (noble prize winner 1927), Karl Landsteiner (noble prize winner 1930) and Ignaz Semmelweiss. The most famous surgeon was Theodor Billroth who stands for the founder of modern abdominal surgery.

The Austrian working group of Coloproctology (ACP) was founded in 1993 and is part of the Austrian Society of Surgery. Yearly, there are six different specialized coloproctologic courses, guest visits and several meetings at the yearly Austrian Surgical Meeting as well as consensus papers (treatment of hemorrhoids, anal HPV) organized by the coloprotctologic working group.

A ‘Training Certificate in Coloproctology’ (by the ACP) enables interested colleagues to undertake a structured and specialized training in coloproctology and enables qualification to the EBSQ Coloproctology. 

There are several coloproctologic courses arranged by the ACP yearly. They are focusing on: anatomy, examination, operation techniques, dermatology & STD, pelvic floor diseases and endosonography. The training certification dures a minimum of 3 years and covers several theoretical and practical sessions, an operation catalogue, attendance of meetings and job shadowing in coloproctologic centers, it ends up with an official certification by the ACP.

Under the ACP’s patronage, the biennially, international Innsbruck Coloproctologic Wintermeeting (ICW) takes place in Tyrol (Igls, Innsbruck) since 2001. There is another patronage at the annual meeting of the Austrian Society of Surgical Oncology every October. The international congress of the European Federation for Colorectal Cancer (EFR) takes place every two years in Vienna.


Population: 8,820,000
ESCP Members: 18
Society: Austrian Society of Surgery: Austrian working group for Coloproctology (ACP)
ESCP Representative Name: Irmgard E. Kronberger
National Examination: General Surgery (w/o optional specialisation in Coloproctology), Training Certificate in Coloproctology (ACP)
Journal(s): European Surgery, Coloproctology, International Journal of Colorectal Disease



The modern operation technique of TaTME was first performed and founded interdisciplinary at the Division of clinical and functional anatomy in Innsbruck.

The ABCSG Trial R02 demonstrated feasibility of preoperative chemoradiation with capecitabine and oxaliplatin (MRI-proven CT3 LARC). Efficacy of the multimodal treatment was good but not markedly exceeding that of 5-FU or capecitabine-based chemoradiation approaches.


Current Research - abstracted insight:

anal fistula: prospective or observational studies

fistulectomy and sphincterrepair

minmal invasive fistulectomy ‘FiXision’

INSPIRE – stem cell therapy in patients with Crohn’s Disease

quality of life and health status in IBD patients with anal fistulas

IBD & Surgery: TNF antibody therapy in IBD after bowel resection

anal HPV: therapy management, AdAM-trial

Several studies are organized by the ABCSG - Austrian Breast and Colorectal Cancer Study Group (http://www.abcsg.at). A forthcoming study will be “Endurance training in patients after colorectal cancer to prevent recurrence”.

Future Plans:

There is a new homepage of the ACP launched at the Innsbruck Coloproctologic Wintermeeting in January 2019,  facilitating cooperations in educational, clinical and scientific work.

www.coloproctology-austria.at (German) and https://www.coloproctology-austria.at (English)


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