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Urology

Our private urology service has world-leading reputation for treating urological issues – conditions that affect male and female urinary tracts and the male reproductive system.

Our service can support you with all urological problems, from non-surgical issues such as urinary tract infections, through to the surgical management of cancers, correction of congenital abnormalities and stress incontinence.

The urology department at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is one of the two largest centres in London for the surgical treatment of urological cancers.

Charing Cross Hospital’s urology department is the designated centre for urological malignancy in the West London Cancer network and is home to the West London Cystectomy Centre for bladder cancer.

The team includes some of the country’s leading consultants in terms of outcomes for their patients.

Wherever possible we offer a one-stop shop for patients with the intention of keeping your hospital visits to an absolute minimum.

At Imperial Private Healthcare, our team have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating issues affecting the organs covered by urology including:

•bladder
•kidneys
•male reproductive organs
prostate
•ureters (tubes that run from the kidney to the bladder)
•urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to where it leaves the body)
Our expert team uses high-tech equipment and sophisticated approaches to provide urological services including:
•urinary tract infections and obstruction (including blood in urine)
•urological cancers (including prostate cancer and bladder cancer)
•kidney stones
•male to female genital reconstructive surgery
•correction of congenital abnormalities
•treatment of benign prostate conditions
•correction of stress incontinence
•male fertility

We also run regular clinics on the following conditions:

•andrology – erectile dysfunction
•one-stop haematuria (blood in urine) and urology service
•designated lower urinary tract symptoms – for benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate) and bladder outflow obstruction (difficulty urinating)
•trial without catheter (TWOC)
•urological (kidney) stones, with on-site lithotripsy (stone destruction) service

World-leading techniques

Our state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical centre includes a customised operating theatre for keyhole surgery, which offers less pain and faster recovery times for patients than traditional surgery.

We offer a range of specialist techniques for patients with tumours on their bladder, including the use of a specialised camera for detecting bladder tumours which may otherwise be missed by traditional techniques. We also offer laser ablation of recurrent bladder tumours in an outpatient setting, removing the need for a general anaesthetic.

We are the pioneers of the new minimally invasive Rezum Water Vapour therapy for prostate enlargement , which injects small amounts of steam into the prostate. The steaming process permeates throughout the tissue which then allows the gland to shrink as it repairs itself, relieving men of symptoms. This highly effective treatment is less invasive and carries less side effects for our patients than traditional surgery.

We were also the first UK centre to establish a robotic prostate removal programme. We use state-of-the-art Da Vinci robots at both St Mary’s and Charing Cross hospitals to carry out minimally invasive procedures such as radical prostatectomies and partial nephrectomies.

Specialist expertise and research

Our NHS Trust’s urology department is the lead provider of urology specialist training for registrar grade doctors in North London, and we are proud that three trainees in recent years have won the national gold medal for their performance in their final fellowship exams.

The team are focused on developing new effective and innovative methods of treating urological conditions and recently won the national Cancer Research Excellence in Surgical Trials (CREST) award for performance in organising and recruiting to clinical trials programmes.