(Jena). Urologists at the Jena University Hospital have developed a novel surgical procedure for the treatment of tumors of the urinary bladder. The unique „Jena bladder“ presented the Thuringian physicians currently at this year’s symposium on bladder cancer at the University Hospital Jena.
Jena urologists present novel surgical procedure for treating bladder tumors
The radical removal of the bladder (cystectomy) promises as the only method for healing deep into the bladder wall and aggressive tumors. The healing forecasts in this operation are very good.Nevertheless, the heavy 5-hour intervention for patients is very stressful because the bubble removal is also associated with significant changes in sexuality and therefore the partnerships of the affected men.
„The previously customary art bladders and bladder replacement solutions are connected to the bladder cancer patients with very significant limitations in quality of life – 94% of affected men were impotent after surgery, nearly half suffered from incontinence, and one in ten to problems such as narrowing of the artificial urinary tract, the follow-up operations made necessary „explains Professor Jörg Schubert. The partial preservation of the prostate also indispensable for male potency penis nerves are obtained with the new method. „At the same time we are able to secure the connection to the urethra and the urinary sphincter and so the possible incontinence prevent,“ says Schubert on.
By linking the bladder replacement with the prostate also is generated during the usual operation methods constrictions at the junction between Harnöhre art and bubble can be prevented. The „Jena bladder“ called construction of parts of the prostate and a bladder substitution was made possible by the combination of various vascular sparing surgical techniques that minimize the usually prostate surgery very high blood loss and shorten the surgical time. „We need for this intervention one hour earlier than before, and can completely renounce the use of blood transfusions,“ explains surgeon Prof. Schubert. With the new method, the very burdensome for the patient in the current standard form of surgery can now be offered to a wider circle of interested parties than before.
Bladder cancer, considered the second most common urological tumor after prostate cancer occurs mainly in men after age 60. Each year, approximately 15,000 people at a malignancy of the urinary bladder. At an advanced stage the radical removal of the bladder and use of bladder replacement is the only therapeutic option. The consequence for those involved is a life with the loss of control over urination, artificial urinary diversion and impotence.
This major setback in the quality of life want to prevent the future with the new process the Jena urologists. For half a year the method in the Department of Urology at the University Hospital is used. „The results are encouraging – the patients with“ bladder Jena „have no erectile dysfunction and no problems with incontinence,“ says Prof. Schubert.
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Prof. Dr. Jörg Schubert
Director of the Department of Urology, University Hospital Jena
Press release of the University Hospital Jena