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The Centre for Urological Care at The Princess Grace Hospital provides comprehensive screening, diagnostic and treatment services for a wide range of urological conditions. Our consultants specialise in problems of the urinary tract and male reproductive system. Working in partnership with a number of internationally recognised consultants, we have become the first independent hospital in the UK to employ key technological advances for the treatment of urological disease.

We were one of the first hospitals in the independent sector to offer radical prostatectomy procedures using the da Vinci surgical robot, which we recently upgraded to the latest da Vinci Si robot. Because this method is new, it is vital to be in the hands of an experienced urologist. When performed by an expert, it is thought to vastly reduce the risks of post-operative side effects, such as urinary incontinence or erectile dysfunction.

With the most experienced robotic surgeons on our team the service provided is unparalelled in experience breadth and quality. 

Our specialist robotic surgeons include:

Mr Chris Anderson

Mr Christian Brown

Mr Declan Cahill

Mr Ben Challacombe

Professor Mark Emberton

Professor John Kelly

Professor Roger Kirby

Mr Senthil Nathan

Mr Chris Ogden

Mr Greg Shaw

Mr Tim Briggs

Mr Rick Popert

Mr Prasad Patki

The Princess Grace Hospital also offers urological procedures using the Holmium laser. Laser surgery is frequently being used because of its minimally invasive properties and faster recovery times. The Holmium laser system is beneficial over other types of laser systems because it has a shallower penetration depth, meaning that there is less damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. Additionally it is highly absorbed by water meaning that the energy is reduced when working in a wet environment and this further reduces the damage to the surrounding tissue.

There are three urological procedures that can be conducted using this laser system:

  • Urethral strictures
  • Urethral and Uretereal tumours
  • Bladder neck incision

Urethral strictures

Urethral strictures refer to a narrowing of a part of the urethra, which can lead to difficulty in urination.  There are many treatments for these strictures, including: dilation, urethrotomy, surgery, and stenting.  There are many benefits associated with performing surgery for strictures using the Holmium laser, which include:

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Reduced complications
  • Reduced recurrence
  • Reduced length of catheter use post-operatively

Urethral and Ureteral Tumours

Tumours found in the urethra or ureter are typically treated by surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.  Treatment with the Holmium laser for these treatments has been found to be beneficial for several reasons:

  • Reduced recurrence
  • Minimal damage to surrounding tissue
  • Reduced length of catheter use post-operatively
  • Faster recovery time

Bladder neck incision

A bladder neck incision involves a cut being created in the neck of the bladder to improve urine flow and relieve urinary symptoms.  This cut can be created using an electric current as opposed to a laser or the symptoms can be relieved with drugs or a stent; however, there are many advantages of using the Holmium laser for this treatment, including:

  • Less complications during surgery: e.g. bleeding
  • Reduced length of catheter use post-operatively
  • Can often be conducted in an outpatient setting

When you visit the Centre for Urological Care at the Princess Grace Hospital, you can expect:

  • Rapid access to our extensive diagnostic and surgical services and comprehensive care throughout, from screening through to diagnostic imaging, surgical diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation
  • Access to state-of-the-art treatments – robotically assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy is at the cutting edge of prostate cancer treatment

To read more about the various robotic surgery options available at The Princess Grace Hospital click here


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