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Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) with Transurethral Needle Ablation (TUNA) in Germany

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University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
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Germany, Munich

University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Overall rating 10 / 10

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology, Andrology

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology, Andrology offers the full range of services in the areas of its specialization. Men and boys with diseases of the reproductive system can be diagnosed and treated in the medical facility. Doctors also treat infertility and erectile dysfunction. Medical care is provided to men and women with diseases of the urinary system, namely kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The department is certified as the Prostate Cancer Center by the German Cancer Society (DKG), which indicates the excellent quality of the services provided in this area. The department's urologists have a perfect command of the innovative treatment methods, including holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP), photodynamic therapy, and da Vinci robot-assisted surgery. The department employs comprehensively trained and experienced doctors who apply advanced medical achievements in their practice. Each patient is provided with an individual approach, considering their specific needs and wishes.

Christian Georg Stief
Prof. Dr. med.Christian Georg Stief
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Marien Hospital Marl
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Germany, Marl

Marien Hospital Marl

Overall rating 9.8 / 10

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology, Andrology

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology, Andrology offers the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with diseases of the urinary system and for men with pathologies of the reproductive system. The team at the medical facility also admits children and adolescents with urologic diseases. The department has 62 beds for inpatient treatment. Therapeutic options include both conservative and surgical techniques. Many operations are performed using the innovative da Vinci surgical system. The department also successfully uses modern laser systems, including the GreenLight laser, a holmium laser, a thulium laser and the laser for water vapor thermal therapy. The key focus of the department's work is on cancer surgery for malignant diseases of the prostate, bladder, kidneys, and testicles. The department also specializes in the treatment of urinary incontinence and pediatric urologic pathologies. Prostate diseases are treated in a specialized center certified in accordance with the DIN EN ISO 9001 requirements.

Hans-Jörg Sommerfeld
Dr. med.Hans-Jörg Sommerfeld
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University Hospital Ulm
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Germany, Ulm

University Hospital Ulm

Overall rating 8.7 / 10

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology provides high-precision diagnostic examinations and effective treatment for diseases of the genitourinary system and reproductive system in men and boys. Of particular interest is drug therapy and surgical treatment of prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular, and penile cancers. The department is part of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Ulm (CCCU). For the patient, this means that their clinical case is studied by a multidisciplinary tumor board, which determines the optimal treatment tactics. The department is also certified by the German Cancer Society (DKG), so all therapeutic procedures meet strict national and international standards. The department's team of urologists also has unique clinical experience in the minimally invasive treatment of kidney stone disease, benign prostatic hyperplasia, neuro-urological dysfunction, and all urologic diseases in children. During the surgical treatment, the specialists at the medical facility successfully use minimally traumatic surgical techniques. They perform endoscopic, laser, minimally invasive, and robot-assisted surgery using the innovative Da Vinci system. The department treats about 3,000 inpatients and 9,000 outpatients with clinical cases of varying complexity annually. The number of surgical procedures performed and treatment outcomes are regularly published by the authorized commission of the Initiative Quality in Medicine (IQM).

Christian Bolenz
Prof. Dr. med.Christian Bolenz
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Urology Clinic Munich-Planegg Munich
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Germany, Munich

Urology Clinic Munich-Planegg Munich

Overall rating 10 / 10

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology, Andrology

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology, Andrology offers the full range of services for the diagnostics and treatment of urologic diseases in men and children, as well as urogynecologic disorders in women. One of the priority focuses of the department's specialization is the restoration of potency in men. According to the international ratings, this is the best hospital in Europe, where a team of urologists effectively treats erectile dysfunction. Another key focus of the department's work is on the treatment of benign and malignant prostate diseases. To treat prostate cancer, the doctors perform low-traumatic robot-assisted interventions using the very latest da Vinci® XI HD surgical system. The therapeutic offer is complemented by the treatment of pathologies of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, testicles and penis. In the field of pediatric urology, the correction of congenital malformations of the reproductive system in boys is of particular interest. The department's doctors are professionals in their area of specialization, so the patients can be sure that they will certainly find an effective solution even for the most complex clinical case.

Martin Kriegmair
Prof. Dr. med.Martin Kriegmair
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Charite University Hospital Berlin
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Germany, Berlin

Charite University Hospital Berlin

Overall rating 9 / 10

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology ranks among the top German medical facilities specializing in prostate cancer treatment! The department offers all types of modern diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with urologic diseases. Of particular interest is the treatment of urogenital tumors in men and urogynecological diseases. The department also specializes in kidney transplantation, which is carried out within the specialized center. This center is the largest in Germany and Europe and annually demonstrates high treatment success rates. In addition, the department's competence covers the treatment of urological problems in boys of all age groups.

Thorsten Schlomm
Prof. Dr. med.Thorsten Schlomm
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University Hospital Heidelberg
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Germany, Heidelberg

University Hospital Heidelberg

Overall rating 9.8 / 10

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology ranks among the top German departments specializing in prostate cancer treatment! The department offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of the urinary system in men and boys. The department has a long history, rich traditions, and is also a recognized center of excellence in the treatment of all urological diseases. The department specializes in the treatment of malignant urological diseases, reconstructive surgery, pediatric urology, treatment of urinary tract dysfunction and kidney stone disease.

Markus Hohenfellner
Prof. Dr. med.Markus Hohenfellner
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University Hospital Frankfurt am Main
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Germany, Frankfurt am Main

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

Overall rating 10 / 10

Department of Urology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Urology ranks among the top German medical institutions specializing in prostate cancer treatment! The department offers the full range of high-precision diagnostic studies and effective therapeutic options for men with diseases of the genitourinary system. The doctors of the department specialize in the treatment of prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, kidney, testicular cancers, urolithiasis, erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence. There are also excellent qualifications in the field of reconstructive urology.

Felix Kyoung-Hwan Chun
Prof. Dr. med.Felix Kyoung-Hwan Chun
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University Hospital Jena
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Germany, Jena

University Hospital Jena

Overall rating 8.9 / 10

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology ranks among the top German medical facilities specializing in prostate cancer treatment! The department offers the full range of advanced methods of diagnostics and treatment of all genitourinary system diseases, including in children. Of particular interest is the treatment of patients with urinary tract and kidney tumors, kidney stone disease, prostate diseases, treatment of urinary incontinence, andrologic disorders and urological problems in young patients. Since 2010, the department has been certified as the Prostate Cancer Center (certified by the German Cancer Society, recertified in 2016).

Marc-Oliver Grimm
Prof. Dr. med.Marc-Oliver Grimm
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University Hospital Erlangen
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Germany, Erlangen

University Hospital Erlangen

Overall rating 9.1 / 10

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology, Andrology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology, Andrology ranks among the best departments in Germany specializing in prostate cancer treatment! The department offers the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services in the fields of its expertise. The department's medical team specializes in the treatment of diseases of the urinary tract in women and men, as well as in the treatment of pathologies of the reproductive system in adult men and children, andrological diseases in men. The primary focus of the clinical practice of the department's doctors is medical care for patients with kidney, bladder, ureteral, urethral, prostate, testicular and penile cancers. The department's specialists keep pace with medical innovations, so most surgical interventions are performed using sparing laparoscopic techniques that do not require large incisions in the skin and soft tissues. To treat prostate cancer, doctors successfully use robot-assisted prostatectomy with the da Vinci surgical system. This intervention has many advantages over classical surgery and is available only in the best hospitals in the world. In addition, the department's doctors demonstrate excellent results in the treatment of kidney stone disease, urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. A specially trained team of doctors has been formed for the treatment of urological pathologies in children. Of particular interest is the correction of congenital genitourinary anomalies in young patients.

Bernd Wullich
Prof. Dr. med.Bernd Wullich
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University Hospital Halle (Saale)
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Germany, Halle

University Hospital Halle (Saale)

Overall rating 9.6 / 10

Department of Urology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Urology ranks among the top medical institutions in Germany specializing in prostate cancer treatment! The department offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of urinary tract diseases in men. Of particular interest are kidney transplantation, treatment of benign and malignant urologic diseases. The department has become one of the pioneers in the field of minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery (da Vinci), thanks to which it has exceptional experience in this area. In addition, the department became the second medical facility in Germany, which performed kidney transplantation using a da Vinci robotic system.

Paolo Fornara
Prof. Dr. med.Paolo Fornara
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University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf
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Germany, Hamburg

University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

Overall rating 9.2 / 10

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology ranks among the top German medical facilities specializing in prostate cancer treatment! The department has all the diagnostic and therapeutic options to provide first-class medical care for patients with diseases of the genitourinary system. The priority focus is reconstructive urology, in particular, the whole range of urethral surgery, procedures for the treatment of urinary incontinence (including artificial sphincter implantation, sling procedures), as well as penile surgery for congenital or acquired malformations, prosthetics in case of erectile dysfunction.

Margit Fisch
Prof. Dr. med.Margit Fisch
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University Hospital Würzburg
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Germany, Würzburg

University Hospital Würzburg

Overall rating 9.2 / 10

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology offers the diagnostics and treatment of all diseases of the urinary system organs (kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra, etc.), as well as of the male reproductive organs in adults and children. The department specializes in the surgical and drug treatment of oncological diseases, correction of complex malformations, and plastic reconstructive urology. The department is the certified Prostate Cancer Centre.

Hubert Kübler
Prof. Dr. med.Hubert Kübler
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University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich
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Germany, Munich

University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

Overall rating 9.8 / 10

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology provides high-precision diagnostics and effective treatment of the full range of diseases of the kidneys, urinary tract, bladder, prostate, testicles and their appendages, vas deferens and penis. The treatment of urologic cancers is of particular interest. The focus of pediatric urologists is on young patients with congenital and acquired malformations of the genitourinary system. The department has its in-house advanced operating rooms, an X-ray unit, and two stations with 57 beds. The high quality of medical care is confirmed by many prestigious certificates, including the DEKRA certificate and the certificate of the European Board of Urology. As one of the best urologic facilities in Germany and a leading urology clinic in Munich, the department has been offering patients the daVinci robot-assisted surgery since 2009, which has many advantages for patients: minimal pain, speedy recovery, the highest level of precision compared to conventional surgical interventions.

Jürgen Gschwend
Prof. Dr. med.Jürgen Gschwend
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University Hospital RWTH Aachen
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Germany, Aachen

University Hospital RWTH Aachen

Overall rating 8.7 / 10

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology ranks among the top German medical facilities specializing in prostate cancer treatment! The department offers services for the diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the kidneys, urinary tract and pathologies of the reproductive organs in men. The therapeutic options are complemented by the treatment of urological problems in children. The department's doctors focus on the patients with oncopathologies (prostate cancer, renal cell cancer, bladder cancer, testicular cancer). Of particular interest is minimally invasive therapy of stones in the kidneys, ureters and bladder. The doctors have in their arsenal conventional and the very latest conservative, drug and surgical therapies, which allow them to achieve the best result in clinical cases of varying severity.

Thomas-Alexander Vögeli
Prof. Dr. med.Thomas-Alexander Vögeli
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University Hospital Duesseldorf
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Germany, Duesseldorf

University Hospital Duesseldorf

Overall rating 9.5 / 10

Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Urology ranks among the top German departments specializing in prostate cancer treatment! The department offers the widest range of modern diagnostic and therapeutic methods for accurate detection and treatment of diseases of the genitourinary system in men and boys. The priority focus of the department is the treatment of prostate cancer (certification of the German Cancer Society).

Peter Albers
Prof. Dr. med.Peter Albers
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University Hospital Tuebingen
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Germany, Tuebingen

University Hospital Tuebingen

Overall rating 9.2 / 10

Department of Urology

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Urology is included in the ranking of the top German departments for prostate cancer treatment! The department offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract, male genital organs. The department has advanced experience in urologic surgery and is one of the most reputable medical institutions specializing in the treatment of benign and malignant prostate diseases. In 2009, the department was certified by the German Cancer Society as the Prostate Cancer Center.

Arnulf Stenzl
Prof. Dr. med.Arnulf Stenzl
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Transurethral needle ablation (TUNA) is a minimally invasive outpatient medical procedure used in urology for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Although its popularity has declined since the 1990s, it is still practiced in some German hospitals as a safe, sparing, and non-traumatic alternative to transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). You can check the cost of treatment, compare prices in German hospitals, and make an appointment for your treatment in Germany on your preferred dates through the Booking Health service.

Content

  1. Who may be a candidate for TUNA for the treatment of BPH?
  2. Preparation for the TUNA medical procedure for the treatment of BPH
  3. How is TUNA performed for BPH?
  4. After the TUNA procedure for BPH
  5. TUNA results for BPH
  6. Advantages and disadvantages of TUNA for BPH
  7. Treatment in Germany for benign prostatic hyperplasia

TUNA is a minimally invasive treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) that uses radiofrequency energy to reduce prostate volume, alleviating urinary symptoms.

TUNA offers fewer complications, shorter recovery time, and can be performed as an outpatient procedure, making it attractive for medical tourism in Germany.

TUNA cost varies by hospital and individual case. Booking Health provides detailed treatment price information and payment options for top hospitals in Germany.

Expect a short hospital stay, typically 1-2 days. The minimally invasive procedure allows for quick recovery and return to normal activities.

Contact Booking Health to discuss your case, receive treatment options, and arrange TUNA at a leading German hospital specializing in BPH treatment.

Booking Health connects you with top urologists in Germany experienced in TUNA for BPH. These specialists work at renowned hospitals known for excellence in minimally invasive procedures.

Who may be a candidate for TUNA for the treatment of BPH?

 

Transurethral needle ablation is not the main treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia in urology. German hospitals use it only for selected categories of patients who meet the following criteria:

  • Small prostate volume, typically from 20 to 40 ml
  • Urinary tract symptoms
  • Contraindications to or refusal of general anesthesia
  • Aggravated somatic status (poor health, old age, or the presence of concomitant diseases of the internal organs)
  • Low life expectancy

It is technically possible to perform the medical procedure on larger prostate volumes, from 40 to 100 ml. In these cases, the risk of recurrence of the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia in the next few years is higher, so TUNA is used for volumes over 40 ml only if there are contraindications to other treatment options.

Preparation for the TUNA medical procedure for the treatment of BPH

 

As part of the preparation, patients may be prescribed a course of oral antibiotics, and a single intravenous or intramuscular injection of an antibacterial agent is done on the day of the medical procedure to lower the risk of infectious complications.

Prior to transurethral needle ablation, a PSA test is required to assess the risk of cancer. If the PSA level is greater than 4 ng/mL, a prostate biopsy will be performed. If the PSA level is greater than 10 ng/mL, transurethral needle ablation is not recommended, even if the biopsy is negative. In such cases, methods involving the removal and extraction of prostatic tissue for subsequent histological examination to exclude prostate cancer should be preferred.

Just before the medical procedure, the doctor will perform a flexible cystoscopy (endoscopic examination of the bladder) to rule out a high bladder neck, bladder cancer, and urethral stricture.

How is TUNA performed for BPH?

 

Transurethral needle ablation is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia, which is the main advantage of this method of treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

The main method of pain relief involves blocking the periprostatic nerves with local anesthetics. These drugs temporarily block the conduction of pain impulses from the prostate tissue. Oral and sometimes intravenous sedation (administration of sedatives) may also be used.

Patients undergo TRUS (transrectal ultrasound) to measure the prostate. Based on these results, the needle length and depth of needle insertion into the prostate tissue are planned to perform radiofrequency ablation for benign hyperplasia.

A catheter is placed into the bladder. The organ is then anesthetized with the instillation (administration into the bladder) of a cold solution of local anesthetics. This temporarily "turns off" the sensitivity of the mucous membrane.

The urologist then performs the TUNA procedure. The doctor inserts a needle sequentially into different areas of the prostate gland and uses radiofrequency energy to destroy the prostatic tissue. Ablation is achieved by heating. High-frequency electromagnetic waves are used to heat the prostatic tissue. The fluid absorbs the energy. It is instantly heated and vaporized from the cells.

The procedure typically involves the ablation of eight parts of the prostate: three at the bladder neck, two at the median lobe, and three at the apex of the prostate.

The procedure time, including flexible cystoscopy, TRUS, and direct needle ablation of the prostate adenoma, averages 45 minutes. The transurethral ablation itself, excluding preparation, takes an average of 27 minutes.

The procedure is well tolerated even without sedation and general anesthesia, with an average pain score of 3 on a 10-point scale.  The use of sedation can relieve the patient of even minor discomfort.

After the TUNA procedure for BPH

 

Following transurethral ablation, patients stay in the hospital for 4 hours under medical supervision. After a follow-up examination, they are discharged home with a urethral catheter that is removed in a few days.

The need for catheterization is related to the swelling of the prostate tissue that occurs as a result of its trauma. This is a temporary phenomenon. The catheter is removed after 2-5 days, by which time the urinary tract returns to normal in 86% of patients. If temporary dysuria persists, the catheterization period is extended to 5-7 days.

TUNA results for BPH

 

TUNA is an effective procedure for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. It eliminates symptoms in the majority of patients. IPSS improves by an average of 65% and quality of life improves by 75%.

Only a third of patients require continued drug therapy after needle ablation. The need for repeated invasive procedures and surgery is as follows:

  • Within 1 year after the procedure – 2.5%
  • Within 2 years after TUNA – 7%
  • Within 5 years – 12%

The average time without the need for invasive treatment is 8 years. The average time to recurrence of symptoms is 6 years.

Advantages and disadvantages of TUNA for BPH

 

The main advantages of the TUNA procedure are:

  • Extensive experience with the procedure because it has been used in clinical practice for more than 30 years, so many studies have proven its high clinical effectiveness and safety
  • Outpatient procedure (without a hospital stay)
  • No general anesthesia required
  • Can be performed on patients with poor health and comorbidities
  • Minimal risk of complications
  • Short and comfortable recovery
  • Long-term results lasting 4-7 years
  • Low cost of treatment

The disadvantage of TUNA is that the clinical effect is temporary. Some of the prostate tissue remains, so the symptoms of benign hyperplasia may recur. Sooner or later, many patients will require repeated invasive procedures or surgery.

Treatment in Germany for benign prostatic hyperplasia

 

German urology centers have state-of-the-art equipment and experienced specialists, which is why patients from all over the world come to Germany for treatment. You can also benefit from the services of doctors in German hospitals to expect good clinical results of treatment with a low risk of complications.

If you want to undergo your treatment in Germany, you are welcome to visit the Booking Health website to check the cost of treatment and compare prices in German hospitals. Please leave your request on the website to get advice from medical tourism specialists. The Booking Health team will help you choose the most suitable German hospital and organize your treatment in Germany.

Authors: 

The article was edited by medical experts, board certified doctors Dr. Nadezhda Ivanisova and Dr. Vadim Zhiliuk. For the treatment of the conditions referred to in the article, you must consult a doctor; the information in the article is not intended for self-medication!

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