The evaluations of our guests are of great importance to us. They guarantee the transparency of our achievements and contribute to internal quality assessment. We are very proud that 98% of our guests would recommend the clinic to their friends and relatives - for us, a compliment second to none.
We invite you to read through our guestbook. We are certain that these first-hand experiences will provide you with an accurate impression of our clinic. Because we have repeatedly heard that the numerous positive entries of former patients helped other men in their decision-making process, you will find translated german entries here as well.
Reports in the national and international press will verify the quality of the our services we offer and complete your impression of the Martini-Klinik.
2019-03-22 / Christian V. from Denmark
As a Young (51) patient I had a lot to lose in regarding potency and continence. For this reason my local hospital advised against surgery, as they evaluated my cancer as ”low risk”.
However, a second opinion from a local professor advised to get the surgery soon, and mentioned that the Martini-Klinik surgeons are ”World Class”, due to their very extensive experience. In my hospital in Denmark 5-10 surgeons make a total of 220 prostatectomies per year. At Martini, 9 surgeons make 2200! In addition, I found lots of scientific articles, showing that Martini-Klinik doctors are fully up to date on new developments within their area of expertise.
On the last day of January 19, Prof. Graefen removed my prostate. After 4 days with a catheter and an extra day to make sure everything was OK, I returned home.
I was continent from day one and when tested after 2 weeks, the potency had suffered no damage whatsoever! The histology showed, that I had come at the last minute, -despite the advice from my local hospital, to do Active Surveillance!
Every case of prostate cancer is unique, but my advice for other young patients is to go ahead with the surgery. This will give you the best possible chances controlling the cancer and the Martini surgeons can do the surgery very well, leaving you with good quality of life afterwards.
In addition to Prof. Graefen, I would like to thank the nurses at station one, especially Claus, Joy, Ann and Elke. Thanks for good care and good talks.
2019-02-04 / Gordon A. from Copenhagen
A cancer diagnosis is devastating and the need for reassurance and confidence in what lies ahead is overwhelming. Having read about the Martini-Klinik on the website, and later having consulted Prof. Dr. Graefen, I felt sure that the Martini-Klinik was the right solution for me. Having undergone a prostatectomy, superbly performed by Prof. Dr. Salomon and his team, and having received the treatment and care in the week to follow at the clinic, I am completely convinced, and will recommend to anyone in the unfortunate situation of needing treatment for prostate cancer to seek consultation and treatment at the Martini-Klinik. Professionalism, unparalleled surgical experience, incredible thoroughness and personalized treatment in both care and follow-up consultations, and kindness from every single member of the staff, no matter which function, are all hallmarks of the Martini-Klinik. In my case nerves were spared on one side, the catheter was removed on the 5th day after surgery and I have been completely continent from day 6 after surgery.
I feel privileged and grateful. A mere thank you seems inadequate and disproportionate, but nevertheless: a warm and heartfelt Thank You!
2019-01-21 / Piotr L. from Poland
To Prof. Dr. Georg Salomon and all the staff on private ward 1 and to Martini-Klinik
I wanted to express my thanks and appreciation for the wonderful treatment and care you all showed to me following my open retropubic prostatectomy.
First of all I would like to thank to Prof. Dr. Georg Salomon. I visited Prof. Salomon on October 2018 to ask about possibility of the focal therapy of my tumour. He ordered a fusion biopsy, which was made in three weeks by Dr med. Yamini Nagaraj. Unfortunately result of the biopsy excluded focal therapy and Prof. Salomon explained me that open retropubic prostatectomy will be the best treatment for me. From our first contact Prof. Salomon emanated with professionalism, calmness as well as great warmth and optimism. It helped me very much to take immediately decision to be treated in Martini -Klinik. Operation and postoperative care provide by Prof. Salomon was simply “magic” and helped me a lot to survive this difficult period. Results of operation were excellent - nerve sparing and negative margin. Pathologic report was also gracious for me and I have the very big chance to be cured (I was impressed the quality of this report as well as short time of its preparation). Catheter was removed on fourth day after operation and I was discharged on day no six. From the beginning I had good urination control (problems only during changing of position) and on 13th day after operation I almost control urination completely. For me it was a great honour, pleasure and luck to meet Prof. Salomon and I am very thankful that he agreed to treat me.
In this place I would like to thank to Dr med. Franziska von Breunig – anaesthesiologist who took care for me during and after operation.
I want to thank a lot to all nurses for caring for me when I was helpless in the days immediately following the operation and also gave me the support and encouragement I needed to take my first steps on the road to my rehabilitation which meant so much to me. Professionalism, heart and patience of nurses in Martini-Klinik is very impressive. Especially that they have to follow many demanding medical procedures. Despite the perfect care it is important that patients are trained to be independent as soon as possible. I did not expect how it is important, when I had to use the urethral catheter.
I would like also to thank all medical doctors working in the ward no 1 and particularly thank Dr. Lara Franziska Stolzenbach who provided a lot of support to control my postoperative complaints.
I want also to thank to Mr. Alexander Krueger – psychologist, who explained me a lot of important issues concerning my life after operation.
Also catering and service personnel was perfect and touching, thank you very much for all your efforts. By the way, it is interesting that in a lounge every afternoon is served fantastic cake, red and white wine, sparkling wine and beer. Visitors and patients can better enjoy postoperative period.
It is also very important that Martini Klinik provides patients with all necessary equipment during a stay. Patients should only have gym suit or 1 size bigger comfortable clothes (belly circumference could be increased after operation). Families and friends can visit patients all the time, close to the Martini Klinik is located Dorint hotel, which is very suitable for such purpose.
I am sorry when I forgot to mention somebody but thank you all once again for all your care and support.
2018-08-17 / Tom N.
Martini Team, I would like to personally take this time now that I am at home and on my way to a full recovery to give my deepest appreciation and thanks for the most wonderful care and treatment I received from all of you during my stay 2-9 July 2018.
Being from California and now living in the Saarland it was not an easy choice for me to decide to have my surgery completed at the Martini-Klinik let alone in Germany. However, after my first visit back in February with Professor Salomon to have a consultation and a look at the facilities, I was thoroughly impressed by the professionalism of everyone I came into contact with there. It came to be that after my consultation and ultra-sound I was convinced this was place to have my treatment completed as it was not yet determined what be best for my case. It later turned out to be surgery after having my MRI guided biopsy performed also by the Martini Klinik.
From the cleaning personnel who cleaned my room, the in-processing administration staff, catering, nurses, medical assistants, doctors, etc. I can’t say enough – Thank You for everything you did for me to make me feel at home. A special thank you to Professor Huland and his team who performed the perfect surgery on me and who checked on me daily – Thank You. Also, a special thanks to Dr. Salomon who came by to see how I was doing even though he did not perform the operation on me – Thank You.
I can testify now that within two weeks everything is working 100%. I owe my rapid recovery to an exceptionally skilled and motivated surgical team and the team in Ward 1. Everyone there was extremely polite, friendly and approachable so that never before have I ever felt so cared for by people who loved their job and wanted nothing more than to assist me in my recovery. I could not help but smile every day I was there at the klinik.
The Martini-Klinik will always hold a special place in my heart. I hope not to have to make any more medical visits there but I am planning on returning for a one year anniversary of being cancer free by running the Hamburg Half Marathon and stopping by station 1 to say hello to everyone who took such great care of me and my wife who was always by myside.
With the most sincere and deepest appreciation, THANK YOU to everyone who is part of the Martini Team and for running what I believe is absolutely the best place in the world to treat prostate cancer. You should all be very proud of what you do and accomplish every day for people like myself. I can’t say enough about how great the Martini-Klinik is and how skilled, dedicated and motivated they are to doing their job, and giving the highest patient care possible.
Again Thank You and Best Wishes to All,
PS. I think at the 2 month point I send a video to you all of me waterskiing on the Mosel
2018-06-10 / KyoungDoek K.
I was an advanced 3B stage patient. I had surgery at Martini-Klinik on the 16th of May, 2018. In a word, I was deeply impressed by the advanced technology at Martini-Klinik. I want to say their technology is like art. My original doctor told me that I had missed the time to get surgery, so I was waiting for my hormone treatment to become effective to see whether I could receive radiation therapy. During that time my sister, who is working at a hospital in Germany, found that Martini-Klinik is famous for prostate cancer operation, and I have been awarded their reputation to be very well deserved.
Anyway, after MRI and PSMA-PET-CT at the clinic I was operated on May 16, 2018. In other words, they gave me the opportunity to receive surgery. I believe the surgery option can yield at the minimum the same or even better results than radiation therapy. Furthermore, if any problem with surgery had occurred, there is still an option to receive radiation therapy. I believe the good survival rates of Martini-Klinik are due to their decision to employ surgery if possible.
I also didn’t believe that I would be able to walk just one day after surgery, but I could do so. And I was not even given any antibiotics after surgery. After six days the catheter could be removed (normally this takes five days; I stayed at Martini-Klinik one more day because of a holiday). I worried about using control over my bladder, but I only needed to wear a diaper a day. That also was beyond my expectation. I am an Asian man of 61 years, and every case is different, but you can expect better results there than at any other hospital in the world, according to records shown on the internet homepage of Martini-Klinik and to the best of my knowledge.
No one can argue against experience in the field being the most important factor for prostate cancer surgery. That was another reason for me to choose Martini-Klinik.
I am writing down my impressions on the airplane back to my country. I think I was lucky to find Martini-Klinik and receive treatment there. I was lucky that the results of my surgery were very different from the predictions of the doctors at my former hospital. That I regained control over my bladder after such a short period, was also beyond my expectations. I cannot be sure about my future yet, but I believe that it would be better, because I can still receive radiation therapy in case my condition worsens. I almost lost this opportunity because my cancer was found late, but Martini-Klinik gave me the chance to receive surgery, so I feel great appreciation for Professor Heinzer. It was important that I got the surgery which we had thought impossible. I remember that my first question to Professor Heinzer was: “Do you think I can get surgery or it is best for me to get surgery?”, and his reply was “Surgery is your best option”. That was contrary to my original doctors.
In a word, I experienced series of marvelous events at this hospital. I feel very lucky and thankful that I had the honor of meeting Professor Heinzer in my life!
2018-04-17 / William S. from United Kingdom
I would like to thank everyone at the Martini-Klinik for making me feel very comfotable throughout my stay. I cannot thank enough the Professors, Doctors, Nurses, administartion, catering staff etc etc.
It is a truly professional establishment next to none. I had my surgery done by Prof. Alexander Haese using the Da Vinci-System Robot (Keyhole Surgery). My surgery was over in two and a half hours and my recover time has been unbelievable. Prof. Haese is a lovely man who tells you straight as it is after the various tests are completed at the laborotory. I was very happy to find out I was given the all clear.
It is now four weeks since my operation, I am back at work and my control of going to the toilet is getting better by the day, it is remarkable.
I can only say to anyone thinking of surgery, I could not recommend Martini-Klinik high enough 10/10
Once again thank you for everything you acheived with myself,
William S. (Billy)
2018-02-02 / Aad v.F.
After my diagnosis of prostate cancer in the Netherlands, I had to choose where the operation should be. Consider my experience with Value Based Health Care, I found the Martini-Klinik as one of the best performing clinics and excellent outcome indicators after a radicale prostatectomy. After some negotiation with my insurance company, I decided to choose for this clinic.
Therefore I made an appointment with Prof. Dr. Markus Graefen. During this pleasant consult I felt myself in very "good and experienced hands".
After a succesfull operation with the DaVinci Robot, I recovered at the clinic for a week.
During the recovery I felt myself extreme well looked after by a staff of nice, warm nurses, doctors ans catering personal.
The communication between the staff and Prof. Graefen was precise and professional.
After four weeks I'm already working and my recovery is still in positive progress.
I recommend this clinic for the excellent care, top experienced based team and their warm and compassionate support.
2017-11-27 / Philip M.
When I was diagnosed with an aggressive prostate cancer and began researching the pros and cons of a prostatectomy and where I might best undertake treatment, the Martini-Klinik guestbook, and the English language entries there were of great comfort to me.
Having had a prostatectomy on November 8, 2017 under the wonderful care of Prof Dr Graefen of the Martini-Klinik, I am sharing my very positive experience at the Martini-Klinik with the hope that this might help others who are members of a club that no one wants to join.
As a resident of Hong Kong, and as a part-time resident in London and in Italy, near Switzerland, I had a number of choices regarding treatment. I am also a Canadian with many contacts in the U.S. and with insurance coverage that allowed me to choose where to be treated, including at well-known cancer centers in the U.S., such as Sloan-Kettering, MD Anderson, Stanford and others.
My journey with prostate cancer began when my Swiss family doctor referred me to a Swiss urologist following a spike in the level of my PSA. My Swiss urologist, himself a prostate surgeon, suggested a specialized MRI, which I undertook in Switzerland. Based on the results, I had hoped to be eligible for a more benign approach than a prostatectomy, and based on research had decided to see the dean of the UCL medical school in London, a well-known and excellent urologist with a concentration on HIFU, high intensity focused ultrasound. But just in case, I asked my Swiss urologist where, in his view, the very best in the world for prostate surgery could be found. While himself a surgeon, he steered me to the Martini-Klinik, of which I had not heard at that point.
I travelled to London, had a template guided biopsy, and received outstanding care in London. However, the biopsy showed that my cancer was beyond what HIFU could safely address, and having a prostatectomy was now the necessary treatment. While the dean of the UCL medical school referred me to an excellent high-volume surgeon in London, a colleague of his, I asked about the Martini-Klinik, and was told yet again that it was the very best. While the dean of UCL’s medical school mentioned Prof Dr Graefen to me as an outstanding surgeon, he told me that any of the surgeons at the Martini-Klinik are at the top of their game, and that I could not go wrong with any of them. I saw the surgeon recommended in London, and even he confirmed the positive view of the Martini-Klinik and of Prof Dr Graefen and his colleagues.
Meanwhile I mentioned my condition to two friends – one a German resident in Hong Kong who had been treated for other urological issues in Bremen, and another whose family own several top cancer hospitals in the United States. My German friend contacted his urologist in Bremen who recommended the Martini-Klinik without reservation, again mentioning Prof Dr Graefen and Prof Dr Huland, who I understand was the founder of the Martini-Klinik. But again, his view was that any surgeon from the Martini-Klinik would be the right one. And the friend whose family owns cancer hospitals in the U.S. immediately told me that the Martini-Klinik was not only of outstanding reputation, but highly respected by peers for its approach, outcomes, and dedication to publishing results and contributing to cancer research. I was also introduced to the head of oncology of the U.S. facilities involved, and he too told me that the Martini-Klinik was the place to go.
All positive, I decided on the Martini-Klinik, but then faced a roadblock. While I was able to obtain a virtually immediate date for surgery in London, I could not even get an appointment to see a doctor at the Martini-Klinik given how busy they were. With tears in my eyes I asked my initial contact from the Martini-Klinik for an earlier appointment, and was firmly told that I had to wait my turn.
Luckily, I was ultimately able to get an earlier appointment with Prof Dr Graefen. This first meeting made it totally clear that the Martini-Klinik was where I needed to be treated. Prof Dr Graefen was kind, patient, gave me all the time I needed for our meeting attended by me, my wife and one of my sons. We all felt that this was absolutely the right choice of treatment center and doctor BUT again schedules were the issue as the Martini-Klinik was unable to schedule my surgery for at least three months from my first contact, requiring me to go on hormone therapy given the delay. Meanwhile, I had the option of an excellent surgeon in London ready to go. But after having met Prof Dr Graefen, the decision was an easy one: I would wait for the Martini-Klinik. And ultimately an opening in their surgery schedule came up, and I was operated on just one month later than I would have been had I opted for treatment in London.
My experience at the Martini-Klinik and of the care of Prof Dr Graefen and of each and every member of the Martini-Klinik team, from the person cleaning my spacious and private room, to the nurses and catering staff, was wonderful. My already high expectations were exceeded in every respect. As a professional myself (a lawyer with close to 30 years in one of the largest law firms in the world) my respect for the Martini-Klinik and of German medical care is huge. This is not a practice of an individual doctor, or a practice that, like in the U.S. or Hong Kong, is too often more about money than about medical excellence. Prof Dr Graefen and his colleagues are true doctors – with a passion and focus on knowledge and understanding, the importance of surgical skill based on high volume practice and on research and contribution to the sad reality of how common prostate cancer is.
This excellence at the top filters down, at the Martini-Klinik, to each and every member of staff, all of whom are focused on prostate patients. Unlike a typical hospital, at the Martini-Klinik, all the patients are going through the same thing. This makes a difference. A big difference. And unlike the U.S., Hong Kong or London, instead of being sent home two days after surgery wearing a catheter, at the Martini-Klinik, you are under their care until one full day after the catheter removal, at least in most cases, and as was my case. This is an important and caring difference.
I likely have further to go in my treatment given my pathology, but my experience with the prostatectomy and the Martini-Klinik was outstanding. I was fortunate to enjoy virtually full continence as of the day my catheter was removed. I am now two weeks from my surgery, and I am recovering day-by-day. It was not fun, and there are no martinis served at the Martini-Klinik, but I would recommend the clinic to anyone needing prostate care, and this without any reservation whatsoever.
And for family staying close by, and for a place to stay for recovery for a few days after discharge from the Martini Klinik, the Dorint is the best choice. We checked out of the unfriendly and inconvenient das Smolka…a much further walk from the clinic, and unsuitable for those who cannot pick up suitcases and navigate stairs.
My thanks to Prof Dr Graefen for his care, to Prof Dr Huland for his vision in establishing the Martini-Klinik, and to the entire Martini-Klinik team who should be proud of what they do and achieve, and of German healthcare in general.
2017-07-19 / Jan O. from Norway
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for my stay at Martini-Klink from 7th June to 14th June. I feel a great privilege that I could have my treatment there, and I am sincerely convinced that it was the right choice. In particular I would like to thank Prof. Haese who conducted the surgery, the anaesthesiologist (who’s name I have forgotten), the surgical team, doctors, nurses and service personnel I met during may stay, who all in true passion to their profession made the stay to a good experience, despite the serious reason I was there.
I am now back home in the very north of Norway. The travel home vent well. I am feeling fine, and now I must be patient in order to have a good recovery.
2016-10-27 / Bernd K.
Dear Prof. Huland,
on the 26. May 2016, you performed my operation; beforehand you promised me that in September I would be able to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda. This promise was fulfilled and I would like to thank you, personally, very much. But first things first.
Following the operation, I survived the rehab in Badenweiler, whereby “survive” is a carefully chosen word. When I was discharged from the Martini Clinic I was already continent and quite healthy, and I found the treatments and the talks during the rehab pleasant, helpful, as well as supportive. What I found strenuous was the collective encounter of about 150 dangerously ill people. This was quite a burden on me, more than the varying side-effects of the healing process that you had predicted. But this period also ended and I have finally left it behind me.
I started working again as soon as I finished the rehab, and at same time I started a gentle physical hiking training for my Uganda trip. Before I left for Uganda, my doctor, Prof. Ikinger, said that we should check the PSA value so that I would feel safe. At the end of September my PSA was 0.02. The next measurement will be done at the end of the year. Apart from a slightly nervous bladder, which is a part of the inner healing process, as my doctor assured me, I have no complaints, need no medication and everything is functioning well.
As you can see, it was the right decision to undergo the surgery and to have you perform the operation.
I would like to once again express my heartfelt thanks to you, to your team, and especially to Dr. von Breunig.
Many greetings from Stuttgart