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Department of urology

Prof. Dr. med. Jurgen Gschwend
urology and oncourology

About the department

The Department of urology at University Hospital rechts der Isar of the Technical University (TUM) Munich has been certified by DEKRA and the European Board of Urology since 2011. This guarantees high-quality training for specialists and defined and controlled treatment processes. In addition, the department is a partner of the Roman-Herzog Cancer Center Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHCCC), a certified prostate cancer centre, which is one of the second opinion centres for testicular tumours in Germany. The facility includes five operating theatres, an X-ray department, and two wards with 57 beds. Furthermore, the department has offered robot-assisted surgery (da Vinci surgical robots) since 2009. It allows for a minimally invasive procedure with numerous advantages for the patient and doctor, e.g. less wound pain, rapid recovery, and high precision in technically demanding surgical procedures. The team at the Uro-oncology Day Clinic has the entire spectrum of approved chemotherapy and immunotherapy at its disposal. More than 1,000 chemotherapy cycles are administered in the department every year.

The entire spectrum of urological diseases affecting the kidneys, urinary tract, bladder, prostate, testicles, epididymis, vas deferens, and penis are managed at the department. In addition, the department defines the following specializations: UroOncology, Plastic-reconstructive urological operations, Gynecological Urology, urinary stone treatment, and Urological laparoscopy.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Laboratory tests (blood, urinalysis and more)
  • Oncological markers assessment
  • X-ray (visualization of bones, urinary system using contrast)
  • Scintigraphy (visualization using mild radiation)
  • Sonography/ultrasound (visualization)
  • Renal angiography (visualization of blood vessels in a kidney)
  • Diagnostic, ultrasound-guided puncture of abdominal organs
  • Kidney, prostate biopsy (cutting off a piece of tissue for assessment)

Conditions treated at the department:

  • Kidney tumours
  • Bladder carcinomas
  • Prostate carcinomas
  • Testicular tumours
  • Bladder weakness, stress incontinence in men and women
  • Urinary/kidney stones
  • Renal cysts
  • Lymphocele (accumulation of lymphatic fluid)
  • Narrowing of the ureter

Treatment options:

  • Chemo, target, and immunotherapy
  • Ureter replacement
  • Bladder replacement
  • Partial urethral replacement
  • Penile implants
  • Artificial bladder sphincter
  • Renal pelvis plastic
  • Transvaginal tapes (TVT)
  • Transobturator tapes (TOT)
  • Minimally invasive ureter endoscopy (ureterorenoscopy / URS)
  • Percutaneous nephrolitholapaxy (PNL)
  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL)
  • Urological laparoscopy (abdominal surgery), robot-assisted surgery (da Vinci surgical robot)
  • Kidney removal, partial kidney resection
  • Renal pelvis plastic 
  • Radical prostate removal, lymph node removal
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1988 Medical studies, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the University of Ulm 
  • Received a Ph.D
  • 1995-1996 Сlinical training at the University Hospital in Ulm and at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York
  • 1998 Postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation)

Experience

  • 2006 Professor and head of the Department of adult and pediatric urology at University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich of the Technical University Munich
  • Vice-Dean of the Technical University Munich School of Medicine
  • Deputy Chairman of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 2000 Maximilian Nitze Prize of the German Society for Urology
  • 2000 Merckle Research Award from the University of Ulm
  • 2008 Teaching prize of the medical faculty and the medical student council of the Technical University Munich
  • A spokesperson for the Working Group for Urological Oncology of the German Cancer Society
  • Member of the board of directors and coordinator of the German Society of Urologists
  • Member of the advisory board at University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich of the Technical University Munich 
  • Author of more than 400 publications
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