Department of Urology

The Department of Urology includes the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the urinary tract in men and women, as well as the male reproductive organs.

Department of Urology

University Hospital Zurich
Frauenklinikstrasse 10
8091 Zurich
Tel. +41 44 255 54 40

Department of Urology

University Hospital Zurich Airport
The Circle 59
8058 Zurich-Airport
Tel. +41 44 255 54 40

Our urology-specialized physicians address a variety of diseases and conditions, including urinary tract infections, kidney stones, bladder problems, sexual dysfunction and impotence, prostate disease, male infertility and cancers of the genitourinary system. We use a variety of diagnostic procedures, such as ultrasound, cystoscopy, and X-rays, to identify disease and offer a wide range of treatment options, including drug therapies, surgical procedures, and minimally invasive procedures. Two special areas of focus are our certified Prostate Cancer Center and the Continence and Pelvic Floor Center, in which we offer holistic and interdisciplinary diagnostics, therapy and care through a network of specialists.

Services

The Department of Urology treats the entire spectrum of urological conditions with the most modern and innovative diagnostic methods and treatments:

  • Endoscopy of the upper urinary tract for ureter and kidney stone treatment
  • Inflammation of the prostate, renal pelvis, urinary bladder, urethras, epididymis and testicles.
  • Circumcision, vasectomy, vaso-vasostomy, varicocele ligation, epididymectomy, orchiectomy.
  • Andrology (fertility tests, erectile dysfunction)
  • Pelvic floor physiotherapy for urinary incontinence or prostate syndrome
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Surgical techniques

For minimally invasive, precise procedures with very little blood loss and shorter hospital stays, we rely on surgical techniques such as:

  • DaVinci robot systems of the latest generation
  • Focal HIFU therapies with ultrasound
  • MRI ultrasound fused prostate biopsy
  • gentle REZUMTM water vaporization of the prostate gland
  • Flexible video ureterorenoscopy
  • Bipolar HD TUR resection instruments
  • State-of-the-art laser treatments: ThuLEP (thulium fiber laser), GreenlightTM laser vaporization,CO2 laser vaporization, laser lithotripsy (holmium:YAG laser, thulium fiber laser), en bloc resection of bladder tumors (thulium fiber laser).
  • OptilumeTM for urethral strictures

We are also certified by the European Board of Urology (EBU) as a training center, as well as by the Swiss Medical Association (FMH) as an A1 clinic for the full FMH further training to become a specialist in urology.

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Frequently asked questions in urology

There are several signs and symptoms for which it is advisable to consult a urologist. These include:

  • Problems with urination such as pain, burning, frequent urination, or difficulty starting or stopping the flow of urine.
  • Blood in urine.
  • Urinary incontinence (involuntary loss of urine).
  • Urinary tract infections that are common or difficult to treat.
  • Suspected diseases of the male reproductive organs, such as prostate disease or erectile dysfunction.
  • Noticeable changes in the testicles, such as swelling, lumps, or pain.
  • Infertility or family planning issues.
  • It is important to seek medical advice when such symptoms occur to allow for timely diagnosis and treatment.
  • Prostate cancer screening (early detection of prostate cancer) for men over 50 can also be performed in the urology department.

Urology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the urinary tract, which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. These include, for example, urinary tract infections, kidney or urinary stones, bladder infections and urinary incontinence. Urology also specializes in diagnostic and therapeutic measures of diseases of the male reproductive organs such as prostate diseases, erectile dysfunction, testicular tumors and infertility. Urologists also perform surgical procedures such as removal of kidney stones, treatment of prostate cancer, and correction of congenital deformities.

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The urologist is responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra, and male reproductive organs such as the prostate, testicles, and penis.

No, urology affects both men and women. Urologists specialize in diseases of the urinary tract in both sexes. While certain conditions such as prostate disease exclusively affect men, urologists also treat urinary tract infections, bladder infections, urinary incontinence, kidney stones, tumors of the urinary tract, and other problems that can occur in both men and women.

A urologist may perform examinations in women such as a physical examination of the abdomen, urinalysis, cystoscopy, urodynamics, or ultrasound of the kidneys and bladder. These examinations help in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the urinary tract in women.

During the preventive examination for men at the urologist’s office, also known as urological prevention or urological screening, various examinations are performed. This usually includes a detailed medical interview, a physical examination including the external genitalia, a urine examination, a blood test if necessary, and counseling on individual risk factors. In addition, depending on age and individual risks, further examinations such as a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test or an ultrasound of the kidneys and bladder may be carried out. At the USZ, we also offer the new genetic blood test, Stockholm3, for improved early prostate cancer detection.

No, palpation, also called digital rectal examination (DRU) or finger examination, is now performed at the USZ only in cases of increased risk. Here, the urologist palpates changes in the prostate and rectum with a finger through the rectum. Meanwhile, other diagnostic methods are available in urology that are more accurate than palpation. In addition to blood and urine tests, ultrasound and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) are used to identify changes in the prostate.

Urology is a medical specialty that deals with diseases of the urinary tract in men and women, as well as diseases of the male reproductive organs. Urology thus encompasses both urological and andrological aspects.

Andrology, on the other hand, is a branch of urology that deals specifically with the male reproductive organs and their associated diseases and dysfunctions. Andrology focuses on the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of male factors of infertility, erectile dysfunction, hormonal disorders and other specific diseases of the male reproductive system.

A urology consultation usually begins with a medical discussion in which the patient tells the urologist his/her symptoms, complaints and medical history. This is followed by a physical examination in which the urologist palpates specific areas such as the genitals, lower abdomen or kidneys. Depending on requirements, further examinations such as urine and blood tests, imaging procedures such as ultrasound or X-rays or specific tests such as a PSA test or Stockholm3 test for the early detection of prostate cancer can be carried out. Based on the results, the urologist/urologist will make a diagnosis and recommend appropriate medical care or further testing. In many areas, urology works in an interdisciplinary manner with other specialties; therefore, other specialties may also be consulted for further clarification and treatment options.

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