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University Hospital Cologne

Cologne, Germany


Treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with transurethral needle ablation of the prostate (program ID: 79131)


Axel Heidenreich

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Axel Heidenreich

Department of Urology

Specialized in: urology
Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

Professional background

  • 1983 - 1990 Study of Human Medicine, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, University of the Health Sciences, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1990 - 1992 German Armed Forces Central Hospital Koblenz, Department of Urology
  • 1992 Doctoral thesis "Aetiology and pathogenesis of urolithiasis in rats with portocaval anastomosis", summa cum laude
  • 7/1992 - 5/1993 assistant physician, Urological University Clinic Tübingen
  • 6/1993 - 5/1994 Assistant doctor, Surgical department, district hospital Hechingen, Surgeon. Compulsory
  • 6/1994 - 7/1995 assistant physician, Urological University Clinic Cologne
  • 8/1995 - 10/1996 Research Fellowship, Urulogical Oncology, Walter Reed's Army Medical Center and Armed Forces Institute Of Pathology, Washington, USA (DFG He 2618 / 1-1)
  • 1996 Specialist for Urology, Senior doctor of the Urological University Clinic Cologne
  • 1997 Chief physician of the Urological University Clinic Cologne
  • 1998 Habilitation and Venia legendi for the subject of urology
  • 1999 - 2003 Chief Surgeon of the Urological University Clinic of Marburg
  • 2004 Nomination as extraordinary Professor
  • 2004 - 2008 Head of the Department of Urological Oncology of the Urological University Clinic Cologne
  • 2008 Director of the Department of Urology of the University Hospital of RWTH Aachen University

Clinical focus

  • Radical tumor surgery of the prostate, urinary bladder and kidney
  • Medicinal Uro-Oncology
  • Salvage surgery of advanced urological tumors (prostate, bladder, testes, kidney)
  • Reconstructive urological surgery (ureter, urethra)

Research focus

  • Molecular prognostic factors of urological tumors
  • Resistance mechanisms of radiation and chemotherapy of urological tumors
  • Molecular-triggered therapy of urological tumors
  • Surgical techniques of locally advanced tumors of the urogenital tract
Publications keyboard_arrow_down

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=%22heidenreich+a%22

About the department keyboard_arrow_down

According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Department of Urology at the University Hospital Cologne ranks among the top German departments specializing in prostate cancer treatment!  

The Department of Urology at the University Hospital Cologne under the direction of Prof. Dr. Axel Heidenreich deals with the treatment of various urological diseases. The main focuses include not only general urology, but also andrology, neurourology, female urology and urologic oncology. In the field of pediatric urology, the department maintains close collaboration with the Center for Pediatrics. 

A highly qualified team comprised of 19 doctors and 36 members of medical staff takes care of the patients' health and provides them with a round-the-clock comprehensive care.The department has 3 operating rooms for open, endourological, laparoscopic operations and Da Vinci surgery, as well as one operating room in the Outpatient Surgery Center and ESWL Unit.

The main areas of the department's specialization include diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the genitourinary system in children, GreenLight laser therapy for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPS), male infertility (andrology), gender reassignment, urogenital malignancies, endoscopic surgery.

The department has three interdisciplinary centers:

  • Center for Continence and Pelvic Floor 

The center treats all forms of male and female urinary and fecal incontinence.

  • Prostate Cancer Center

The specialists of the center aim to provide diagnosis, counseling, treatment and follow-up care for the patients with all types of malignant urological tumors. 

  • Prostate Centre

To optimize the treatment of prostatic diseases, the Department of Urology together with the private urology hospitals in Frechen and Cologne, as well as with the Institute of Pathology and the Department of Radiotherapy at the University Hospital Cologne form its own experience exchange network.

The service range of the Department of Urology includes:

  • Uro-oncology 
    • Prostate cancer 
    • Testicular and penile cancer 
    • Renal cell carcinoma and bladder cancer 
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia – benign syndrome 
  • Kidney and ureteral stones 
    • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL)
    • Ureterorenoscopy (URS) 
    • Percutaneous nephrolitholapaxy 
  • Pediatric urology: diseases of the urinary system and genitals 
  • Endoscopic surgery 
  • Open surgery 
  • Reconstructive urology 
    • Reccurent strictures after urethrotomy 
    • Primary long-term penile urethral strictures  
    • Primary long-term bulbar urethral strictures  
    • Anastomotic stricture after radical prostatoctemy

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • urological examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • inflammation indicators (CRP, ESR)
    • indicators blood coagulation
    • tumor marker, PSA
  • ultrasound pelvic rectal/ abdominal
  • preoperative care
  • transurethral needle ablation of the prostate
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation in 2 bedded room 
  • explanation of future recommendations
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The program includes:

  • Translation of medical documents up to 4 pages
  • Interpreter up to 3 hours
  • Translation of medical documents up to 8 pages
  • Interpreter up to 5 hours
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 8 hours
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 10 hours
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 15 hours
  • Transfer from the airport to the clinic and back to the airport
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 25 hours
  • Transfer from the airport to the clinic and back to the airport
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
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