Special Clinical Focus

  • Surgical and medication-based treatment of all urological tumor conditions
  • Cancer of the prostate gland
  • Cancer of the bladder (all forms of urostomy)
  • Renal tumor treatment (organ-conserving)
  • Reconstruction procedures: Urinary bladder, ureter, ureteropelvic junction obstruction
  • Urethroplasty with oral mucosa repair
  • Robot-assisted surgery to the prostate gland, urinary bladder and kidney using the da Vinci surgical system
  • Endourological procedures: Laser therapy for enlargement of the prostate gland and urinary bladder tumors, minimal invasive excision of bladder tumors using PDD / NBI
  • Laser therapy and minimal invasive ablation of kidney and ureteral stones
  • Urogynecological procedures: Treatment of female and male urinary incontinence and, inter alia, pelvic floor disorders, ligament surgery for men and women, artificial urethral sphincter

About us

Dr. Henrik Zecha is the Chief Physician of the Department of Urology and Urooncology of the Albertine Hospital in Hamburg. As a specialist in conditions of the urinary bladder, the prostate gland, the kidneys, the ureters and urinary incontinence in men and women, Dr. Zecha treats his patients together with his team of experts.

Dr. Zecha is a specialist in urology and looks back on a long and diverse professional career in the field of urology. The expert in conditions of the urinary organs and the prostate gland is networked in national and international specialist associations. In addition, Dr. Zecha is in direct contact with the young scientific talent and with medical research. He is involved in the area of training his urology colleagues, above all in the surgical area of minimal invasive treatment, particularly state-of-the-art robot-assisted surgery.

The Urology Department of the Albertine Hospital, under Dr. Zecha is the first hospital in Hamburg to have been named as an International Training Center for robot-assisted da Vinci surgery to the urinary bladder, the kidneys, the prostate gland and for reconstruction. So, international guests come to the Albertine Hospital in order to monitor da Vinci operations at the hospital. Dr. Zecha has trained these colleagues across Europe for many years as Proctor / Trainer.

Dr. Zecha’s treatment emphases combine urology and oncology into one comprehensive medical science for women and men. His team treats all benign tumors, kidney and ureter stones, pelvic floor disorders, urinary incontinence and the enlargement of the prostate gland. One further emphasis is in medication-based and surgical cancer treatment.

In his Urology Clinic, Dr. Zecha provides meticulously designed therapeutic concepts for his patients with renal, urinary bladder, prostate gland (prostatic cancer and enlargement of the prostate) conditions and sexual dysfunctions (erectile dysfunction and potency problems). Renal stones and ureteral stones are more frequent in men than in women. Either medication and/or safe and gentle surgical techniques can be utilized for these conditions. Dr. Zecha discusses what conservative treatment is possible and when a surgical procedure will be necessary with his patients in detail.

As a specialist in the overall field of urology, Dr. Zecha can provide open, endoscopic, laparoscopic and robot-assisted (da Vinci) surgery.
All surgical techniques are provided in the Department of Urology and Urooncology of the Albertine Hospital. Here, laparoscopy, and above all, the da Vinci robot-assisted technique, take center stage. The proven advantages of minimal invasive techniques, such as:
  • fewer complications
  • fewer to no wound healing disorders
  • short hospital stay
  • less blood loss
  • less use of painkillers
mean a more gentle progress for the patient, both before and after surgery.
Together with established transurethral techniques for the prostate gland and the urinary bladder, innovative laser treatments can also be provided for these organs. A first for the range of surgical services is completely minimal invasive da Vinci cystectomy with the insertion of an ileal conduit (urinary diversion with a bag solution), ureteral fistula or an artificial bladder. Organ-conserving renal tumor surgery and prostatectomy using the da Vinci technique are also a part of the surgical therapeutic range. In addition, reconstruction is performed for congenital or acquired conditions, for example, pyeloplasty, for ureteral and bladder reconstruction and for urethral reconstruction.

Patients with cancer conditions of the urinary organs, such as renal and bladder cancer, will find an established expert in Dr. Zecha. Thorough examination by means of biopsies (tissue samples) and MRI imaging precede surgical, radiotherapy or medication treatment. Of course, Dr. Zecha will decide how the treatment will be individually arranged together with you, his patient.

In the field of modern medication-based tumor therapy, comprehensive and, as a rule, multimodal therapeutic concepts are established with the specialists at the hospital, the oncologists. Hence, these combined treatments are applied promptly and in a target at fashion for patients. Together with conventional chemotherapy, Dr. Zecha and his team, which consists of physicians experienced in urooncology, increasingly utilize innovative medications, immunotherapy and targeted medications, for example, for renal tumors. This can increase the chances of the preservation of the quality of life considerably and side-effects are reduced.

From the first meeting in the initial consultation, to the thorough examination and diagnosis, during the treatment period and right up to the gentle follow-up care, patient safety and the wellbeing of all patients always take center stage for Dr. Zecha and his team.

Diagnostic Services

  • Computed tomography (3 tesla MRI)
  • Photodynamic diagnostics (PDD)
  • NBI (narrow band imaging endoscopy)
  • Doppler sonography / Duplex
  • 3-D ultrasound
  • Transrectal ultrasound diagnostics
  • Urometry
  • Laboratory diagnostics
  • PSA level
  • PSA 3
  • Testosterone
  • Diagnosis of erectile dysfunction
  • Quality management
  • Perineal fusion biopsy
  • Andrology
  • Erectile dysfunction

Therapeutic Services

Treatment of all forms of prostate disease
  • Nerve-conserving radical excision of the prostate gland for cancer of the prostate can often maintain potency / high-precision surgery using the ‘da Vinci’ surgical system
  • Endoscopic electroresection (TUR) for prostatic enlargement with voiding dysfunction – a gentle technique
Treatment of bladder cancer at the Hamburg Bladder Cancer Center
  • Treatment of bladder tumors
  • Surgery using the ‘da Vinci’ surgical system
Treatment of renal cancer at the Hamburg Renal Center
  • Radical excision of the kidneys for larger renal tumors
  • Partial excision of the kidneys for smaller tumors
  • Laparoscopic excision of the kidneys / surgery using the ‘da Vinci’ surgical system
Treatment of renal and ureteral calculi
  • ESWL and endoscopic lithotripsy provide rapid relief in the treatment of calculus conditions
  • Endoscopic removal of stones from the ureter (ureteroscopy)
  • Endoscopic disintegration of stones using a laser (“laser lithotripsy”)
  • Minimal invasive removal of stones via the skin (“percutaneous litholapaxy”, “PNL”)
Treatment of urinary incontinence
  • Introduction of all types of therapy
  • Ureteral elevation surgery using small bands (“TVT: tension free tape”)
  • Injection into the bladder (to relax the bladder musculature for an overactive bladder)
Treatment of all forms of testicular tumor at the Hamburg Testicular Tumor Center
  • All up-to-date surgical treatments
  • Chemotherapy for seminoma
  • Partial testicular resection
  • Surgical resection of the testicle, with implant, if required
  • Partial resection for smaller tumors (in suitable cases)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Lymph node surgery in the abdominal cavity (“RLA”) using nerve-conserving techniques
  • Residual tumor resection (“RTR”)
Other treatments
  • Various other minor procedures
  • Urethral surgery with the treatment of strictures (endoscopic and open surgery) is also performed in severe cases by means of plastic correction and the implantation of urethral stents (WallStent)
  • More minor procedures such as sterilization, circumcision, stent replacement, urethrotomy, hydrocele and spermatocele, as well as the insertion of suprapubic catheters, are performed as out-patient or short-term in-patient procedures
  • Counseling and treatment for urological problems for patients with encephalitis disseminata (MS) and for patients with paraplegia is available at any time
  • Stoma counseling and treatment of stoma problems after external urinary diversion (ileal conduit)

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Cafeteria
  • Kiosk
  • Hairdresser
  • Manicurist / pedicurist
  • Patient library with Internet service
Patient room facilities
  • A multimedia terminal at each bed; this means TV, Internet, radio and telephone in one, a modern call system with intercom and built-in radio
  • Your own bathroom (shower and WC)
  • Bright, warm tones are predominant in our patient rooms, combined with a large amount of wood and strong color accents.
  • Each ward has rooms with optional benefits, which are also furnished with, inter alia, designer floors and their own refrigerators.
  • Altogether, there are five room variations for you to choose from at the Albertine Hospital.
  • Facilities: Shower with WC, closet (lockable), in most cases, a table with seating, telephone, TV and Internet at the bedside (fee-based), radio at the bedside (at no charge)
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Urology

Other services

  • Urinary bladder cancer (carcinoma of the urinary bladder)
  • Renal cancer (carcinoma of the kidney)
  • Prostatic cancer (carcinoma of the prostate gland)
  • Benign enlargement of the prostate gland (BPH)
  • Bladder atony / incontinence
  • Renal / ureteral / bladder stones (urolithiasis)
  • Congenital and acquired malformation of the urogenital tract

Directions

Airports near

  • Hamburg airport5.5 miles (approximately 8.9 km

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Hamburg main rail station8.1 miles (approximately 13.0 km)