In capable hands: doctors in Germany

Germany's top doctors in various fields are highly respected all over the world because of the research and clinical trials that they carry out. Working closely with other doctors in specialist networks, they guarantee the best standard of care based on the latest medical findings and in all areas of medicine.

It’s the same all over the world: a happy couple want to have a baby but the longed-for pregnancy fails to materialise; the inability to conceive becomes an emotional strain for both partners. Reproductive medicine is a highly specialised field of medicine that makes it possible for couples to turn their dreams of being parents into reality.

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Oncological diseases are on the increase as a result of changing lifestyles and demographics and could soon replace heart disease as the most common cause of death in humans.

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For Dr Roberto Spierer precision is everything – and it has to be. He does, after all, perform operations as a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon, often working with a microscope. In the following interview he talks about how he restores damaged nerves and how plastic surgery can help victims of accidents to achieve a better quality of life. In the Department for Hand, Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery at the Vivantes Auguste-Viktoria Hospital, operations are performed both on German and international patients.

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As a specialist medical field, neurosurgery has benefited more than most from advances in microsurgical and minimally invasive techniques, state-of-the-art imaging and computer and navigation technologies. Professor Steiner, Senior Consultant at the Neurosurgery Department at Nuremberg Hospital South, is able to utilise the latest medical equipment for neurosurgery.

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In cases of prostate cancer, the use of active surveillance (or ’watchful waiting’) can delay or prevent entirely the need for a radical operation that – despite improved surgical techniques – can cause incontinence and impotence. It should not be underestimated, however, how stressful it can be knowing you have cancer but not actively doing anything about it.

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The Urology Department at Mainz University Medical Centre is highly experienced in performing operations using the daVinci® robotic surgical system. Professor Thüroff and his team have been using the system on a routine basis since 2007. Professor Thüroff is highly regarded around the world as a specialist surgeon for treating cancers of the kidneys, bladder and prostate.

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The complexity of hormone-related disorders and metabolic diseases such as diabetes mellitus calls for a treatment concept that is organised on a cross-departmental basis. This interdisciplinary collaboration of medical experts working in several different disciplines is a feature of the Heart and Diabetes Centre North Rhine-Westphalia in Bad Oeynhausen. A network of specialists spare no effort in ensuring the best-possible prognosis and medical outcome for patients.

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