Information About Urology St. Anna

Urology St. Anna
PD Dr. Frédéric Birkhäuser and PD Dr. Pascal Zehnder
Specialists in Urology
Luzern, Switzerland

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Treatment Focus

  • Urological oncology (complex tumour surgery)
  • Operational and reconstructive urology, minimally invasive urology (surgical robot Da Vinci Xi, laparoscopy / "keyhole surgery"), microsurgery (surgical technique with the aid of a microscope)
  • Andrology ( "Men field", reproductive functions of the man, fertility diagnosis and treatment of fertility (infertility))
  • Stone treatment (minimally invasive, ESWL -extracorporeal shock-waves lithotripsy)
  • Incontinence in men (stress incontinence, often after radical prostatectomy (prostate removal)), urethral surgery, urinary diversions
  • Vasectomy (prevention of the vas deferens) and vasovasostomy (reunification of the vas deferens)

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Urological primary care
  • Management of urological oncological tomour suffering (interdisciplinary tumour boards)
  • Andrology: fertility evaluation (infertility, unfulfilled desire to have children, including microsurgical testicular sperm extraction (= micro-TESE, microscopic removal of testicular tissue for sperm extraction)
  • Possibility of medical second opinion
  • Incontinence clarifications (urodynamic examinations, bladder cystoscopies)
  • Giving medical opinions


Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Urological oncology (complex urological oncological surgery, interdisciplinary patient care, such as bladder cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer)
  • Operational and reconstructive urology (minimally invasive techniques, open surgical techniques, robot assisted, including radical tumour removals, reconstructive procedures, treatment of malformations, creation of urinary diversions (different types of replacement bladders, ileal conduit)
  • Robot-assisted urological surgery with Da Vinci Xi (interventions on the prostate, kidney, bladder, ureter, adrenal gland, lymph nodes)
  • Stone treatment: including treatment by ESWL (extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, stone fragmentations by shock waves) in cooperation with highly experienced medical technicians and endoscopy by light reflection of the bladder, ureter and renal pelvis.
  • Operative treatment of severe incontinence (urine leakage) of man (especially frequent after radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate), implantation of an artificial urethral sphincter)
  • No scalpel vasectomy (modern technology to suppress the male vas deferens without incision and stitch, male sterilisation, outpatient under local anaesthesia)
  • Microsurgical vasovasostomy (reunification of separated sperm duct under the microscope, under local anaesthesia or with additional anaesthesia if desired)
  • Andrology: fertility treatment in close collaboration with colleagues from the reproductive medicine faculty at the St. Anna Hospital, microscopic testicular sperm extraction (micro-TESE), counseling and therapy implementation in the event of hormone deficiency of the man (testosterone deficiency)

About Urology St. Anna

In addition to all urological primary care for men and women, the practice Urology St. Anna with the team of PD Dr. Frédéric Birkhäuser and PD Dr. Pascal Zehnder is mainly specialised in urologic oncology (cancer of the urogenital tract), operational and reconstructive (restorative) urology, minimally invasive surgery (Da Vinci surgical robot) and andrology ("men field"). In May 2018, St. Anna Urology was distinguished as an ISO-certified urology centre and as an ISO-certified practice, for its quality management.

 The private practice Urology St. Anna was established on 1 January 2015 after many years of work in academic institutions at home and abroad by the experienced urologist team. In addition to their work in urological practice, Dr. Birkhauser and Dr. Zehnder work as attending physicians in the adjacent Hirslanden St. Anna Clinic operationally and therapeutically. The direct local access to the St. Anna Clinic enables a very patient-oriented, integrative and interdisciplinary treatment across the faculties of medicine.

 The urological clinic is characterised by a combination of long-time medical experience with the latest medical technology. Switzerland's first patient was therefore operated on with the latest model of the "Da Vinci Xi" surgical robot at the Hirslanden St. Anna Hospital in January 2015. This robot can be used in many areas of operative urology, including prostate, kidney, bladder, ureter and adrenal gland for example. In June 2015, the medical range of the St. Anna Hospital was expanded to include a lithotripter Modulith-SLX F2 from Storz. Stone fragmentations (ESWL, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, e.g. ureteral calculus, kidney stones) can thus be done from the outside without invasive surgery by using shock waves. The treatment-accompanying stone technician Rolf Schutz is one of the world's most experienced in his profession with more than 25,000 treatments.

 The field of urologic oncology includes the diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment of patients with cancers of the urogenital tract, including bladder cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer or testicular cancer. In the care of these patients, an interdisciplinary collaboration of various disciplines (including urologists, medical cancerologists (oncologists), radiation medicine specialists (radiation oncologists), X-ray specialists (radiologists) and doctors of internal medicine (internal specialists)) in particular is of the utmost importance. Thanks to their experience and the good interaction with the doctors of the Hirslanden St. Anna Hospital, they can provide optimal advice and treatment with Dr. Birkhäuser and Dr. Zehnder.

 In the field of surgical urology, there are now  numerous ways to treat patients. Urologists predominantly use open surgical techniques such as laparoscopic (keyhole surgery), Da Vinci robot-assisted, microsurgical (with the assistance of a light microscope) and endourological interventions. The two specialists Dr. Birkhäuser and Dr. Zehnder specialise in complex surgical procedures. Tumor surgeries for cancers of the bladder, prostate and kidney are among their expertise. Reconstructions of the urinary tract, such as the creation of urinary diversions (e.g. replacement bladder, artificial output) or the correction of urinary flow disruptions, are also part of their operational repertoire. The surgical treatment of severe male urinary incontinence requires a lot of finesse. The specialists Dr. Birkhäuser and Dr. Zehnder offer appropriate treatments at the Hirslanden St. Anna Hospital, such as the insertion of artificial urethra sphincters (AMS 800).

 Andrology is a branch of urology dedicated to the different problems of male sexuality, sexual health, the reproductive function of man as well as the ageing man. In the "Men field", the hormonal status of man is examined among other things. Disorders of testosterone balance may lead to multiform symptoms such as loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, infertility or disorders of bone metabolism. In close cooperation with the fertility clinic St. Anna Hospital, the specialists Dr. Birkhäuser and Dr. Zehnder offer the latest microsurgical techniques in male infertility, such as refertilisation operations after prevention (vasovasostomy) and microsurgical testicular sperm extraction (micro-TESE).

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Curriculum Vitae

PD Dr. Frédéric Birkhäuser

1993 – 1999 Study of human medicine at the University of Basel and at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris)
2001 - 2004 Surgical and medical basic training at the St. Clara Hospital in Basel and Kantonsspital [Cantonal Hospital] of Aarau
2004-2010 Urology training at the University Hospital of Bern, as a senior physician since 2009
2010 - 2012 Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), regarding immune oncology
2012 - 2014 Senior physician at the urological University Hospital of Bern
Since 2015 Joint partner of the Urology St. Anna practice and attending physician at the Hirslanden St. Anna Hospital


PD Dr. Pascal Zehnder

1995 - 2001 Study of human medicine, University of Fribourg and Bern
2002 - 2004 Basic surgical training at the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital Sursee (LUKS Sursee)
2004 - 2009 Urology training at the University Hospital of Bern, as a senior physician since 2009
2010 Research at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USC), on robotic surgery and bladder cancer
2011 – 2014 Senior physician at the urological University Hospital of Bern
Since 2015 Joint partner of the Urology St. Anna practice and attending physician at the Hirslanden St. Anna Hospital

Medical Team

  • PD. Dr. Frédéric Birkhäuser
    Practice partner
  • PD Dr. Pascal Zehnder
    Practice partner


  • The practice Urology St. Anna is entirely wheelchair accessible
  • PD Dr. Birkhäuser is fluent in German, French, English and Italian
  • PD Dr. Zehnder knows the languages ​​German, French and English


Lucerne train station 2,3 km
Zurich Airport 63 km
Bern-Belp Airport 126 km

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Urology St. Anna
PD Dr. Frédéric Birkhäuser and PD Dr. Pascal Zehnder

St. Anna-Strasse 32, CH-6006 Lucerne

T: +41 41 510 92 86
F: +41 41 410 91 82


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