German hospitals offer the full spectrum of modern urology and paediatric urology, ranging from oncological surgery to reconstructive procedures. There has been an increasing trend towards keeping surgical scars as small as possible and trauma to a minimum whilst maintaining a high rate of success and low rate of complications. The minimally invasive method ('keyhole surgery') is now a firmly established part of the urological spectrum and is always the preferred option for any operation whenever possible. In paediatric urology in particular, operations can be carried out in cases of congenital abnormalities, making it possible for these young patients to live normal and happy lives.
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.
Ulm University Hospital is both an innovator and a partner in the healthcare field, offering specialist departments, institutes, central services, numerous interdisciplinary centres and a total of around 1,130 beds. As a university hospital, it provides patients with top-level, cross-departmental medical care that brings treatment and research together.
At Hamburg-Eppendorf University Medical Centre (UKE), Professor Margit Fisch heads up the Department and Clinic of Urology, which offers modern, patient-oriented medical care tailored to individual needs.
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.