Each year, we care for ca. 3,000 in-patients suffering from medical conditions of the urogenital tract at the Urology Clinic at the Katharinenhospital of the Stuttgart Hospital. Our range of services includes, in particular, the diagnosis and treatment of tumour conditions of the urogenital tract such as tumours of the kidneys, adrenal glands, ureters, urinary bladder and prostate, as well as of the testes and penis.
Our treatment range also includes such conditions as urinary incontinence, urinary and kidney stones, urinary flow disorders and inflammatory conditions, as well as malformations of the urinary organs. Another focus of our service range is anomalies and conditions of the male genitalia and damage to the kidneys, the efferent urinary tract and the external genitalia.
We always utilise the most up to date techniques in accordance with the guidelines in the treatment of all these conditions. Altogether, we perform ca. 1,000 open surgical and around 7,000 endoscopic-urological, minimally invasive laparoscopic and daVinci® procedures at the Urology Clinic annually.
Our clinic also has a transplantation centre, in which we perform the transplantation of post-mortem and living donated kidneys, including all preparatory and follow-up arrangements. Around 50 per cent of the renal transplants performed by us in 2014 were living kidney transplantations. As a result, we occupy a leading position in Germany in this field. In living renal transplantation where there is ABO incompatibility, which we perform in our clinic in collaboration with the Renal and Hypertension Clinic, in fourth place, we also occupy a leading position in Germany.
The Urology Clinic in the Katharinenhospital possesses a daVinci-System®, with which we carry out robot-aided minimally invasive surgery. Today, the employment of the daVinci-System® in urological procedures has become part of the theatre routine and, with our long-standing expertise in this field; we perform surgery, both in the region of the prostate, kidneys and adrenal glands and on the ureter and the bladder, using the daVinci-System®.
In 2015, an ultramodern treatment and surgical wing, with four endourology theatres, two open theatres and three out-patients’ clinics, was opened at the Urology Clinic. In this functional wing, newly designed in accordance with the most up to date architectural and medical criteria, we are able to perform out-patient and in-patient diagnostics and surgery to the highest standard. We have integrated the open, laparoscopic and daVinci® procedures in the central theatre complex.
The Urology Clinic in the Katharinenhospital at Stuttgart Hospital is headed by Prof. Ulrich Humke, who has held the position of Medical Director since September 2003. Prof. Humke’s specialisations include, in particular, reconstructive surgery and renal surgery with cold ischaemia, above all, for single kidneys. As a specialist in renal transplantation, Prof. Humke is also involved in the creation of the European guidelines for renal transplantation. Prof. Humke has worked as a visiting surgeon, both within Germany and abroad, has published a large number of publications and book contributions, has been awarded several prizes and has 2 patents.
Dr Henrik Zecha has been the Lead Consultant and Deputy Medical Director of the Urology Clinic in the Katharinenhospital Stuttgart since 2015. Dr Zecha’s emphases include minimally invasive surgery by means of laparoscopy and the daVinci® technique and reconstructive surgery. Within the context of his scientific and practice-orientated activities as a trainer, he also trains surgeons and teams, both within Germany and overseas. Dr Zecha is also an active member of the organisation, “Doctors for Tanzania”, and participates regularly in overseas deployment.