Health begins with prevention

To ensure you remain in the best of health and to enhance your well-being, we actively promote prevention at the Hirslanden Private Hospital Group. As a leading private healthcare provider in Switzerland, we use different preventive check-ups to identify potential risks. The choice of method depends on a variety of factors and is determined on an individual basis in consultation with yourself. We are happy to advise you.


Hirslanden offers you health prevention in two formats: an individual health assessment and an organ-specific preventive check-up. The two can also be combined. In this case, the doctor of general internal medicine conducting your individual health assessment will act as the interdisciplinary coordinator of the assigned specialists. The doctor will coordinate the organ-specific investigations and will summarise the results in a detailed report and in a personal consultation.  

Your personal health assessment begins with a detailed interview with a general internal medicine specialist about your personal health status. Your interviewer, a leading doctor, will ask you, for example, about previous illnesses and risk factors. These include high levels of smoking and drinking and constant stress as well as a family history of illness. To obtain as full a picture about you as possible, we advise you to be quite open about any health fears you may have.


In any event, the individual health assessment will include the following:

  • a physical examination
  • an abdominal ultrasound
  • a blood and urine test
  • an ECG

As soon as the results are available, the doctor will discuss your medical history with you with reference to the details you provided in the initial consultation (anamnesis) and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You will of course also receive the medical report. If the health assessment indicates that further investigation is advisable, a further visit to the hospital will be proposed.



An organ-specific preventive check-up is recommended where there is a family history of a particular significant disease. This will be conducted by a medical specialist with the Hirslanden Private Hospital Group at one of our centres.


This form of preventive check-up begins with an interview with a specialist in the appropriate medical field in which you discuss both your personal health status and that of your family. This is followed by the organ-specific investigation (see below for the possible investigations involved).


The specialist discusses the results of the investigation with you as soon as they become available. You will then receive the detailed medical report.


Ultrasound examination of the blood vessels comprising:

  • aorta
  • pelvis
  • legs
  • venous
  • carotid artery


A preventive check-up of birthmarks is recommended in:

  • people with light skin
  • frequent exposure to sunlight
  • more than 15 birth marks
  • irregularly shaped birthmarks or any that are 6 mm or bigger
  • family history of skin cancer


Endokrinology / Diabetology

  • Evaluation of the thyroid gland/hormone analysis
  • Measurement of blood sugar for the evaluation of diabetes


This preventive check-up comprises:

  • gastroscopy
  • colonoscopy
  • ultrasound abdominal
  • laboratory

Further possible investigations:

  • Liver assessment with biopsy
  • Hepatitis evaluation


Annual check-up for women:

  • Gynaecological examination
  • PAP-smear
  • Ultrasound
  • Breast exam
  • Blood analysis

Clinical examination of the breasts and lymphatics:

  • Digital Mammography
  • Ultrasound of the breast including lymphatic drainage
  • Comprehensive medical report following international guidelines for breast cancer screening


  • 3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) referral and interpretation of results
  • Blood tests (e.g. hormone levels, micronutrients, tumor markers)

A genetic test may also be performed on request:

  • Genetic consultation
  • BRCA 1 + BRCA2


The following investigations are recommended as prevention:

  • audiogram
  • nasal breathing test
  • smell test
  • hearing test
  • nasal endoscopy
  • endoscopic throat check


  • ECG
  • Stress ergometry
  • Echocardiography (transthoracic)
  • Blood analysis

Additional examinations are possible:

  • Lung function test
  • Echocardiography (transesophageal)
  • Holter-ECG (24h)
  • 24h-blood pressure monitoring
  • Pacemaker interrogation


If endometriosis has been diagnosed, a neuropelveological preventive check-up is recommended with the following checks:

  • Gynaecological examination
  • Neurological examination
  • Pelvic floor EMG
  • Transabdominal and urogenital ultrasound
  • Cystometry
  • Sonographic determination of residual urine
  • Endosonography


The specialist recommends the following as neurological prevention:

  • Neurological examination
  • Duplex sonography (extra and intra cranial)
  • Laboratory analysis of cholesterol
  • Skull MRI
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)


  • Determination of visual acuity
  • Determination of refraction
  • Measuring and checking of glasses, if worn
  • Applanation tonometry and stereoscopic evaluation of the optic disc
  • Scanning laser ophthalmoscopy
  • Slit-lamp examination of the anterior eye
  • Biomicroscopy of the central fundus
  • Ultrasound, pachymetry of both eyes


An orthopaedic examination is recommended for problems with the shoulder, elbow, spine, pelvis, hip, knee, foot or ankle:

  • Initial orthopaedic consultation
  • Diagnosis
  • Appropriate imaging procedures (MRI, CT or similar)


  • Body plethysmography
  • Measurement of CO diffusion
  • Measurement of nitrogen monoxide
  • Evaluation of CT images

For an assessment regarding sleep apnoea syndrome:

Sleep diagnostics:

  • Respiratory polygraphy
  • Diagnosis

Sleep therapy:

  • Initiation of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy
  • ResMed CPAP machine AirSense 10


  • Measurement of bone density
  • Consultation and determination of appropriate treatment options


For the early detection of (prostate) cancer:

  • Prostate exam
  • uroflowmetry
  • sonography (including genitalia, testicles, bladder and kidneys)
  • urine analysis and urine culture examination
  • PSA and creatinine measurement


  • cystoscopy
  • duplex of the testicles
  • duplex of the genitalia


For incontinence:

  • Neurological status
  • Urine and laboratory tests
  • Urodynamics/uroflowmetry
  • Cystometry
  • Cystography
  • Cystoscopy
  • X-rays of the pelvis/sacrum
  • Ultrasound of the urogenital system