Prof. Thorsten Bach is a specialist urologist and is the Senior Consultant at the Hamburg Urology Centre at the Asklepios Hospital, Harburg. As a specialist urologist, Prof. Bach, together with his team at the Urology Department in Harburg, covers the entire range of services for the diagnosis and treatment of urological conditions in men, women and children. As well as the treatment of urological tumour conditions such as testicular, bladder, renal and prostatic cancer, the emphases of the Harburg Urology Centre include, inter alia, the minimally invasive treatment of renal calculi and ureteral calculi, as well as laser therapy of benign enlargements of the prostate. Within the framework of the interdisciplinary tumour board, Prof. Bach reviews the optimum treatment for the patient together with experts in other medical specialities, such as oncology and radiology. In the process, an as gentle as possible procedure is always in the foreground in the treatment of urological tumour conditions at the Urology Centre, Harburg, in order to minimise potentially negative sequelae as much as possible.
Where a tumour condition is suspected, a variety of examinations such as bladder examination (urethrocystoscopy), ultrasound examination of the urogenital tract, urine cytology, blood tests and X-ray imaging are used at the Urology Centre, Harburg. Depending on the type of tumour and the spread of the tumour, various treatment options are available at the Urology Centre in Harburg. These range from so-called “continuous monitoring” for cancer of the prostate, through more minor minimally invasive procedures, radiotherapy, as well as chemotherapy and hormone therapies, right up to more radical surgical procedures. In the case of surgical procedures, the organ-preserving option is always at the forefront of Prof. Bach’s thinking. If an organ-preserving procedure is no longer possible due to a well advanced tumour growth, there are options for restoring the lost function by the implantation or creation of new “organs”, such as a replacement bladder, at the Urology Centre, Harburg.
In the continence clinic, Prof. Bach’s team treats patients with incontinence in collaboration with gynaecologists and surgeons. Urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, bladder and bowel evacuation malfunctions and prolapse are diagnosed and treated both in men and in women. So, for example, for men whose prostate has had to be removed following a tumour condition, an artificial sphincter muscle to restore continence can be implanted.
Prof. Bach treats renal and ureteral calculi quickly and safely using advanced endourological techniques. Laser treatments, such as GreenLight Laser vaporisation and transurethral laser enucleation of the prostate (holmium and thulium laser) are used by Prof. Bach in the treatment of benign enlargement of the prostate at the Urology Centre in Harburg.