Urology in Germany
The urology deals with the kidneys and the urinary tract, ie urinary bladder, ureter and urethra. In the urological department the man's reproductive organs are treated: prostate, testes, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles and penis. The task of urology is the diagnosis and therapy of diseases of the urinary organs and male reproductive organs. These include conservative and operative endourological, laparoscopic and open urological therapies, and also stone smash or laser treatments for cutting and vaporizing unwanted tissue.
Important urological diseases include:
- Urinary incontinence in men and women,
- Urinary stones (e.g., kidney and bladder stones),
- Prostate enlargement (prostatic hyperplasia),
- Urethral stricture,
- Genital warts (condylomata),
- Impotence (erectile dysfunction),
- Unintentional childlessness (infertility),
- Undescended testicles.
In addition, the following tumoral diseases belong to the illogical area:
- prostate cancer,
- Bladder cancer,
- Renal cell carcinoma,
- Penile cancer.
The urologists are concerned with changes and diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract (in men and women) and the male genital organs. For example, urologists can detect small changes in the kidney and bladder using ultrasound, blood and urine tests. So it is necessary to avoid urinary tract infections by means of preventive examinations or to recognize them early. Because of the shorter urethra, urinary tract infections are much more common in women than in men. They express themselves by pain and burning when urinating, frequent urination or urination without urine emptying. For urinary tract infections, there are a number of causes that urologists can detect after accurate diagnosis and then eliminate it.
Urology is both delicate and important sphere of people’s health care as it treats diseases related to urinary tract and genital area. Many people believe an urologist is a men’s doctor but, indeed, both men and women can meet urological pathologies, as well as children. The team of Urology and Urologic Oncology Department of Clinic of Braunschweig in Germany includes highly qualified and internationally recognized physicians with experience in treatment of all urological diseases.
Urology in Germany is considered as one of the most developed in the world. There are many researches in the field are undertaken by German specialists in clinic and universities all over the country. Clinic of Braunschweig, which is one of the largest and reputable medical centers in Germany, has premium conditions for urological patients both in terms of equipment and specialists’ qualification. According to the famous weekly medicine magazine FOCUS, Urology and Urologic Oncology Department with its Chief Physician, Prof. Dr. Peter Hammerer was ranked 6 among 25 best urological clinics in Germany in 2016 for its best conservative treatment of prostate cancer. The clinic is certified by European Board of Urology (EBU) as a European Training Center. More than 10,000 patients are treated in the Department annually including 3,000 inpatients and 7,000 outpatients.
Urology Diagnostics and Treatment in Clinic of Braunschweig
Urology and Urologic Oncology Department of the Clinic of Braunschweig offers the entire spectrum of urological examinations and treatment options at the highest professional and technology level. These include all conservative and surgical methods as endourological, laparoscopic and open urological therapies as well as laser treatment of stone decay.
The Urologic Clinic provides to the patients a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art medical technology. These include several laser devices, the latest ultrasound equipment, Doppler sonography, modern X-ray examiners, urodynamic measuring stations, video-endoscopic instrumentarium and a kidney stone lithotripter. In cooperation with the Institute of X-Ray Diagnostics and Nuclear Medicine computed tomography and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging are also carried out.
Urological Surgery in Germany
After renovations in 2013, the two newest operating rooms are available in the Urology Center. Equipped with new LED operating lights, a modular wall system made of stainless steel and energy-efficient air conditioning systems, they meet the highest demands on hygiene and safety in the operating area.
The entire spectrum of urological surgeries includes:
- Operations on the external genital area
- Transurethral resection of benign prostate tumors (both by traditional method and laser)
- Bladder tumors removal
- Laparoscopy of the retroperitoneum (posterior ventricle)
- Percutaneous stones dissolution
- Surgical treatment of incontinence
- Conventional and minimally invasive renal tumor surgery
- Radical retropubic or perineal prostatectomy
- Cystectomy (total removal of the urinary bladder)
- Creating of neobladder of the small intestine
Through the close cooperation with the other specialist clinics and special departments of the company, for example in interdisciplinary tumor conferences, it is possible to bundle the medical know-how and thus to ensure the best possible treatment with the latest state of medical knowledge.
Especially in the treatment of prostate tumors the clinic has a great expertise. By means of sensitive surgical procedures, it is possible in most cases to remove the growths and at the same time to maintain erectile capacity and continence. A further focus of the clinic is the extracorporal shockwave lithotripsy of kidney stones (rocket impact due to shock waves).
Also, the common disease urinary incontinence, to give another example, is an important task for urologists. In this country, about six million men and women suffer from this disease. In urinary incontinence, the person affected is unable to determine the urination itself. This disease often becomes an emotional burden. Treatment of urinary incontinence may be operative and non-surgical, as the case may be.
Sexually transmitted diseases
Chlamydia can also be dangerous for men. Because the bacteria nest in the urethra, prostate or epididymis and can lead to fertility. Infection with chlamydia, as well as human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, are treacherous. Because they are symptom free for a long time and are often recognized late. Research indicates that there is a link between HPV and penile and prostate cancer.
Interdisciplinary Prostate Center of the clinic has been certified by the German Cancer Society and the European Association and has numerous independent awards. In weekly conferences (so-called tumor boards) supervising urologists, radiation therapists, radiologists, oncologists and pathologists define individual treatment plans on the basis of the current guidelines. Thanks to the close cooperation between the specialists of the different clinic departments and external cooperation with partners, the best possible therapy can be offered to you.
The treatment is agreed with a patient taking into consideration his preference. As prostate carcinomas often grow slowly, all options can be carefully discussed in order to make the right decision. Among possible therapy options are:
- The operative removal of the prostate
- Active monitoring (so called watchful waiting)
- Nuclear Medicine Therapy (Alpharadine Therapy)
Urology and Urologic Oncology Department of the Clinic of Braunschweig has it main goal in patients’ satisfaction, therefore the expert and caring personal always attentive to every patient’s wish. You are our focus and we do our best to restore your health in optimal way and according to the highest standard of urology in Germany.