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

Urology St. Anna Lucerne - Professional Competence par Excellence

In the joint practice for urology, St. Anna in Lucerne, the patient, and his needs are the focus of attention. The experienced urologists PD Dr. Frédéric Birkhäuser and PD Dr. Pascal Zehnder have access to the most modern diagnostic equipment and surgical techniques to create adjusted treatment concepts for each patient. In addition to professional expertise, the holistic view of the human being plays an essential role in Lucerne Urology.

The St. Anna Urology Practice with the team of PD Dr. Frédéric Birkhäuser and PD Dr. Pascal Zehnder specializes in uro-oncology (cancer of the urogenital tract), surgical and reconstructive (restorative) urology, minimally invasive surgery (Da Vinci operation robots), and andrology ("men's science") in addition to the entire range of primary urological care for men and women. In May 2018, the Urology St. Anna was awarded for its quality management as an ISO-certified urology center as well as an ISO-certified practice.

Cooperation with the Hirslanden Cantonal Hospital St. Anna Clinic

The Private Practice Urology St. Anna was founded on January 1, 2015, by the experienced team of urologists after many years of work at national and international university institutions. In addition to their work in the urological practice, Dr. Birkhäuser and Dr. Zehnder are also affiliated physicians in the adjacent Hirslanden St. Anna Clinic for surgery and therapy. The direct local connection to the St. Anna Clinic enables patient-oriented, integrative, and interdisciplinary treatment across all medical disciplines.

State-of-The-Art Technologies and the Highest Level of Professional Competence

The urological clinic is characterized by a combination of many years of medical experience with the most modern medical technology. In January 2015, for example, the first patient in Switzerland was operated on at the Hirslanden St. Anna Clinic using the latest model of the „Da Vinci Xi" surgery robot. This robot can be used in many areas of surgical urology, e.g., on the prostate, kidney, bladder, ureter, and adrenal glands. In June 2015, the medical technology spectrum of the St. Anna Clinic was expanded by a Storz Modulith-SLX F2 lithotripter, which allows stone fragmentation (ESWL, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, e.g., ureteral stone, kidney stone) via shock waves from outside without invasive surgical intervention. The stone technician Rolf Schutz, who accompanies the treatment, is one of the most experienced professionals in his field worldwide with over 25,000 procedures.

Treatment Focus of the Urology Department at St. Anna Lucerne

The St. Anna Urology in Lucerne covers the entire range of urological treatments for men and women. For complex clinical pictures and tumor diseases, Dr. Birkhäuser and Dr. Zehnder work hand in hand. They are in constant exchange, which means that patients can benefit from the expertise of two specialists at once. The experts of the Lucerne Urology Department pay special attention to the following main focuses:

  • Uro-oncological diseases
  • Surgical urological treatments
  • Interventions with the Da Vinci surgery robot
  • Stone treatment
  • Incontinence treatment for men
  • Andrology
  • Vasectomy and vasovasostomy

Uro-Oncology

The field of uro-oncology includes the diagnosis, therapy, and follow-up treatment of patients with cancer in the urogenital tract, e.g., bladder cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer, or testicular cancer. The treatment spectrum includes both surgical and conservative (non-operative) treatment methods. In the care of these patients, interdisciplinary cooperation between different medical fields (including urologists, medical cancer specialists (oncologists), radiation physicians (radio-oncologists), X-ray specialists (radiologists), and doctors of internal medicine (internists)) is of utmost importance. Every week, Dr. Birkhäuser and Dr. Zehnder discuss their cases on a cross-departmental basis with the specialists at the St. Anna Klinik and develop suitable treatment strategies together. Each specialist brings his/her point of view to the discussion, whether it is a disease of the kidneys, urinary tract, or sexual organs. Thanks to their many years of experience and good cooperation with the doctors at the Hirslanden St. Anna Clinic, Dr. Birkhäuser, and Dr. Zehnder can provide you with the best possible advice and treatment.

Surgical Urology

In the field of surgical urology, there are now numerous possibilities for treating patients. Urologists are proficient in open surgical techniques such as laparoscopic (keyhole technique), Da Vinci robot-assisted, microsurgical (supported by a light microscope), and endourological interventions. The two specialists Dr. Birkhäuser and Dr. Zehnder, specialize in complex surgical procedures. Tumor surgery for cancer of the bladder, prostate, and kidneys is part of their expertise. Reconstructions of the urinary tract, such as the formation of urinary drainage (e.g., replacement bladder, artificial outlet) or the correction of urinary flow disorders, are also part of their surgical repertoire. With all these sophisticated surgical techniques, the focus is on the most sensible treatment for each patient and not on technical feasibility. The decision regarding a particular surgical method is always based on individual requirements and the specific benefit for the patient.

Incontinence Treatment for Men

If severe urinary incontinence is present in men, conservative treatment alone is usually not sufficient. Men are particularly often affected by a malfunction of the urethral sphincter muscle after a comprehensive prostatectomy. The surgical procedure is coordinated with the patient after individual consultation.

Stone Treatment

Thanks to state-of-the-art medical technology, the patient is spared from surgical removal of stones in the bladder, ureter, or kidneys. With the method of extracorporeal stone fragmentation (ESWL), stones can be destroyed externally at the St. Anna Clinic with shock wave litotrophy.

Andrology

Andrology is a branch of urology that deals with various problems of male sexuality, sexual health, the men's reproductive function, and the aging male. In "men's studies," among others, the hormone status of the man is examined. Disturbances of the testosterone balance can lead to a variety of complaints, such as loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, infertility, or even disorders of bone metabolism. In close cooperation with the Fertility Clinic St. Anna, the specialists Dr. Birkhäuser and Dr. Zehnder offer the most modern microsurgical techniques for male infertility, such as refertilization surgeries after ligation (vasovasostomy) and microsurgical testicular sperm extraction (micro-TESE).

Vasectomy and Vasovasostomy

Once family planning is complete, more and more men are deciding in favor of sterilization (vasectomy). In this procedure, the specialist cuts through the man's spermatic ducts. Dr. Birkhäuser and Dr. Zehnder perform a vasectomy using the extremely gentle no-scalpel method. This small, bloodless procedure is performed without a scalpel by spreading the skin. With a so-called vasovasostomy, sterilization can be reversed under certain conditions.

Urology St. Anna Lucerne - Adjusted Treatment Concepts

Dr. Birkhäuser and Dr. Zehnder are committed to patient-oriented treatment that is adjusted to individual circumstances. Patients will find the best conditions for comprehensive diagnostics and targeted therapy of their urological disease.

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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

 

Dr Philipp Huber

2003 – 2009 Study of Human Medicine at the University of Bern
2010 – 2012 Basic surgical training at Thun District Hospital, Switzerland
2012 – 2016 Urological training/further training at the Urological University Clinic of the Inselspital Bern, Switzerland
2017 Research period (diagnosis and focal therapy of prostate cancer) at University College Hospital London and Imperial College London, UK
2018 Senior Physician at the Urological University Clinic of the Inselspital Bern, Switzerland
Since 2019 St Anna Urology Practice and external affiliated physician at the St Anna Clinic, Lucerne, Switzerland

 

Dr Felix Moltzahn

1999 – 2004 Study of Human Medicine at the Rhineland-Westphalian Technical College in Aachen, Germany
2004 – 2008 Urological training/further training at the Urological University Clinic in Dusseldorf, Germany
2008 – 2010 Research period (prostate cancer) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
2010 – 2014 Urological training/further training at the Urological University Clinic of the Inselspital Bern, Switzerland
2014 – 2015 Bernese Visceral Surgery, Hirslanden Clinic Beau Site in Bern (Prof. Dr Z`Graggen)
2015 – 2017 Senior Physician at the Urological University Clinic of the Inselspital Bern
Since Oct 2017 St Anna Urology Practice and external affiliated physician at the St Anna Clinic, Lucerne, Switzerland

Medical Team

  • PD. Dr. med. Frédéric BirkhäuserPD Dr Frédéric Birkhäuser
    Practice partner
     
  • PD Dr. med. Pascal ZehnderPD Dr Pascal Zehnder
    Practice partner
     
  • Dr. med. Philipp HuberDr Philipp Huber
    Specialist in Urology
     
  • Dr. med. Felix MoltzahnDr Felix Moltzahn
    Specialist in Urology, FMH
     

Extras

  • 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

Location

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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Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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