ProstataZentrum NordWest: Specialists in Prostate Cancer
- Prostate cancer diagnostics (MRI-guided perineal fusion biopsy, PSMA-PET)
- Prostate cancer therapy (robot-assisted prostatectomy with the da Vinci® surgical system, drug therapy, radiation therapy)
- Benign prostate enlargement (TUR prostate, laser enucleation (ThuLEP), Rezum®, Urolift®, robot-assisted adenoma enucleation)
- Transrectal systematic biopsy
- Multiparametric MRI of the prostate
- MRI-guided perineal fusion biopsy
Prostate Cancer Therapies
- Minimally invasive robot-assisted prostatectomy
- Drug therapies (hormone therapy, new anti-hormonal drugs, chemotherapy, drug therapy in the context of trials)
Therapy for Benign Enlargement of the Prostate
- TUR prostate (exfoliation through the urethra)
- Thulium laser enucleation of the prostate (ThuLEP)
- Rezum® = water vapor treatment
- Urolift® = widening the prostatic urethra by lifting enlarged prostate tissue
- Robot-assisted prostate adenoma enucleation
About The ProstataZentrum NordWest – Prostate Experts in Germany
The ProstataZentrum NordWest (PZNW) at the St. Antonius Hospital in Gronau which is certified by the German Cancer Society (DKG), is one of the most powerful prostate centers in Europe. Patients from all over the world opt for treatment with an expert team led by Associate Professor Dr Jörn H. Witt, founder and head of the PZNW as well as Chair of the Department for Urology, Pediatric Urology and Urologic Oncology at the St. Antonius Hospital.
At the Cutting Edge of Medicine
At the PZNW, state-of-the-art therapy and diagnostic methods are used. The team is regularly active at international congresses and conferences, cooperating with national and international institutions and research centers. Since many years, “Gronau” is well known for high class medicine in the urological world.
Certified Prostate Cancer Center in Germany
The medical specialists in urology are proven experts in prostate diseases – benign enlarged prostate as well as prostate cancer.
After a detailed anamnesis, diagnosis, and consultation of a patient, the optimal treatment is elaborated individually. An experienced team of doctors treats patients according and beyond to latest medical guidelines. Additionally, patient concierges, patient managers and the high qualified nurse team attend to the patient’s medical and personal needs.
Specialists in Diagnosis and Treatment of Prostate Cancer
The focus of the certified prostate cancer center in Gronau is the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. Prostate carcinoma is the most common cancer disease in men. Because prostate cancer can be treated best if diagnosed in an early stage, patients should not hesitate to contact an urologist immediately if they suffer from symptoms. Better have a PSA test on regular base from the age of 45. Modern diagnostic procedures and diverse treatment methods are available in the PZNW.
The da Vinci® Operating System – High-Tech Support in the Operating Room
The robot-assisted radical prostatectomy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed over 2,000 times per year at PZNW, is the gold standard for prostatectomy because it offers numerous advantages over conventional surgical methods.
Thanks to modern technology, robot-assisted surgery is possible with a precision that cannot be achieved with any other surgical method. The robot provides a three-dimensional view of the surgical field with an up to 20-fold magnification. The instruments allow movements with 7 degrees. With the wrist-like usage of these instruments the surgeon can perform complex movements without being compromised in the dexterity. The relaxed sitting working position reduces physical stress during the treatment and helps the surgeon to stay focused on the procedure. Blood loss, complication rates and pain are significantly reduced in robot-assisted procedures leading to almost invisible scars, faster recovery and shorter length of stay in the hospital. Thanks to the rapid reconvalescence, patients can return to their everyday life quickly.
Experience in More than 17,000 Robot-Assisted Prostatectomies
Robot-assisted surgery allows the most precise surgery possible. Crucial structures for continence (e.g. muscles and fiber tissue) can be preserved in the best possible way. Long term continence problems are very unlikely after robot-assisted prostatectomy performed at PZNW. Also nerves and small blood vessels for erectile function (potency) can be preserved as good as possible, depending on the oncological situation. The role of the surgeon in using the robotic instruments is outstanding. At PZNW only special trained and high experienced surgeons working in an institution with a high developed quality management.
The ProstataZentrum NordWest can reference to an experience of more than 20,000 robot-assisted surgeries – including more than 17,000 prostate cancer operations – and the latest da Vinci® surgical techniques in five operating rooms. This makes the PZNW one of the largest and most renowned centers for robot-assisted surgery in the world.
The department for Urology (which the PZNW is part of) is using the robotic technology also for other complex urologic procedures as partial nephrectomy, bladder cancer surgery or reconstructive procedures.
In-House Education and Training Center
Because of its pioneering role in robot-assisted prostate surgery, the PZNW is in high demand – both nationally and internationally – as a partner for scientific congresses as well as continuous medical education for surgeons and nursing staff. The clinic runs its own education and training center including the Training Center at the European Robotic Institute (ERI). It offers specialized training courses in the field of robot-assisted and laparoscopic surgery.
Special Services Beyond Standard
The specialized prostate center also takes innovative approaches in the area of patient care, reaching standards far beyond usual. The holistic concept includes comprehensive care with a high level of comfort. For example, patient concierges and patient managers support patients with all formalities as well as the coordination of appointments. This ensures that everything the doctors have to know for an optimized treatment will be available or scheduled prior to the visit of the patient.
In addition, optional accommodation services such as single or double rooms, special meals, and hotel service are provided to make the hospital stay in Gronau as pleasant as possible.
Associate Professor Dr Jörn H. Witt, MD
|1980 – 1987||Medical studies at the Universities of Essen, Göttingen and Bochum|
|11/1987||Licence to practise medicine|
|11/2020||Habilitation, Medical Faculty of the University of Kiel|
|15 June 1994||Board certified Urologist|
|11 December 1997||Board certification for “Special Urological Surgery”|
Extra-Occupational Postgraduate Course
|06/2006 – 11/2007||Certified Health Care Manager, Bochum University of Applied Sciences/Diomedes Health Care Consultants|
Activities in the Field of Medicine
|01/1988 – 03/1988||Resident in the surgical department, St. Elisabeth Hospital, Meerbusch-Lank, Chief Physician: Dr van Laak|
|04/1988 – 10/1989||Resident at the Urological Clinic and Polyclinic of the Free University of Berlin, Rudolf Virchow Clinic, Charlottenburg site, Director: Professor Dr R. Nagel|
|11/1989 – 11/1990||Resident in the surgical clinic, St. Antonius Hospital, Cologne, chief physician: Dr Ch. Nittinger|
|11/1990 – 08/1994||Resident at the Urological Clinic and Polyclinic of the University of Cologne, Director: Professor Dr U. Engelmann|
|09/1994 – 03/2002||Senior Physician in the urological clinic at the Städtische Kliniken Neuss - Lukaskrankenhaus GmbH, Chief Physician: Professor Dr F. Boeminghaus|
|Since 04/2002||Chief Physician of the Department for Urology, Paediatric Urology and Urological Oncology at St. Antonius Hospital Gronau – Academic Teaching Hospital of University of Münster|
|04/2004||Founding of PZNW – ProstataZentrum NordWest|
|08/2004||Establishment of HIFU therapy for prostate cancer in Gronau|
|03/2006||Start of the robotic program|
|09/2007||Foundation of the German Society for Robot-Assisted Urology (DGRU) with Prof. M. Stoeckle, Homburg/Saar|
|12/2008||Co-president of the first annual meeting of the DGRU in Homburg/Saar|
|12/2009||President of the second annual meeting of the DGRU in Gronau|
|Since 09/2013||Member of the working group “Laparoscopy and Robot-Assisted Surgery” of the German Society for Urology (DGU)|
|Since 09/2015||Chair of the “Reimbursement and Coding” working group of the European Association of Urology (EAU)|
|Since 09/2015||Associate board member of the European Robotic Urology Section (ERUS)|
|2015 – 2017||Treasurer of the working group “Laparoscopy and Robot-Assisted Surgery” of the German Society for Urology (DGU)|
|2017 – 2018||Deputy chair of the working group “Laparoscopy and Robot-Assisted Surgery” of the German Society for Urology (DGU)|
|Since 11/2018||Chair of the working group “Laparoscopy and Robot-Assisted Surgery” of the German Society for Urology (DGU)|
|Since 08/2019||Affiliated Expert for Digital Health of the World Health Organization (WHO)|
|11/2020||President of the joint virtual annual meeting of ERUS and DGRU|
|11/2021||President of the joint annual meeting of ERUS and DGRU in Dusseldorf|
- Associate Professor Dr Jörn H. Witt, MD
- Dr Jörg Zinke
Leading Physician in Endourology
- Dr Andreas Schütte
Leading Physician in Robotic Urology
- Dr Christian Wagner
Leading Physician in Robotic Urology,
Medical Management Training Center
- Bernhard Fangmeyer
Leading Physician in Endourology
- Prof. Dr phil. Matthias Oelke
Senior Physician and Head of Studies/Science
- PD Dr Sami-Ramzi Leyh-Bannurah
Senior Physician and head of IT/Research
- Dr Lukas Esch
- Dr Thomas Jankowski
- Dr Theodoros Karagiotis
- Dr Mark Leiers
- Dr Nikolaos Liakos
- Mikolaj Mendrek
- Dr Daniel Wasiri
- International orientation with international doctors
- Over 80 committed employees, including 30 medical professionals
- Exceptional quality of care and support
- Patient concierges take care of the patient’s personal needs
- Patient managers are committed to ensure that the hospital stay runs smoothly
- Translation/interpretation service for international patients
- Comfortable patient room with hotel standard
- Affiliated study center
- In-house training and education center for robot-assisted surgery
- Teaching hospital of the Münster University Clinic
|Gronau train station||1.3 km|
|Münster/Osnabrück airport||59 km|
|Düsseldorf airport||126 km|
Information About Gronau
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