The "da Vinci" robotic surgical system
The Urology Clinic has a state-of-the-art "da Vinci S HD System", which allows Prof. Dr. Markus Müller and his team to perform a procedure called Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy (RARP). This robot-assisted technology allows for magnified 3D optics and a level of accuracy never previously achievable in this type of surgery. As a result, this radical surgery can be performed with excellent results in terms of both prognosis and recovery, whilst being gentle on the patient. In the United States this technology is now standard, with approximately 70% of prostatectomies now being performed by a total of some 700 da Vinci systems.
The introduction of RARP represents a further step ahead in terms of improving treatment and care for prostate cancer patients.
Kidney stone treatment involving the lithotripter "Gemini"
Since 2010, the Hospital has been offering a particularly quick and effective method for treating patients with kidney stones. This new method involves a medical device called a lithotripter "Gemini", which is manufactured by the market leader, Dornier. The device is the very first of a new generation of lithotripters and offers all currently available methods for the treatment of kidney stones. The individual methods can be used in isolation or in combination: Kidney stones can be shattered by targeting them with shock waves. This method is known as extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). In addition, kidney stones can be removed endoscopically, or destroyed using a laser. The procedure is monitored and controlled using X-ray or ultrasound imaging.
Not only does this new lithotripter offer much improved patient positioning and a more ergonomic design, the carbon fibre patient table with a maximum capacity of 250 kg now also allows the treatment of our heavier patients.