BPC’s Paul Anderson is travelling to Zambia to train local surgeons in urethral stricture treatment

Paul Anderson

Birmingham Prostate Clinic surgeon is preparing for a trip to Zambia to train local surgeons in the treatment of urethral strictures.

Mr Anderson will be travelling to Lusaka in Zambia in April, on behalf of Urolink, an organisation established by the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) to provide support and training to the developing world. The visit in April will be the first step in a three year project to establish a specialist clinic in Lusaka for the treatment of urethral strictures.

A urethral stricture is the term for the narrowing of the urethra (the tube taking urine out of the body) due to inflammation, infection or trauma. It results in a weakening of the urinary flow and can cause severe pain and full retention, which means being unable to go to the toilet normally.

“We know there are so many men in Zambia whose lives are blighted by urethral strictures,” says Mr Anderson.

Urethral strictures remain – in both the UK and Zambia – a specialist area. Treatment needs to be carried out by surgeons who regularly see strictures and carry out a high volume of procedures.

“I’m was delighted to be invited to lead this excellent project which is designed, over the period of three years, to leave a legacy of expertise in the Lusaka clinic, so men with strictures will have somewhere to go for good, effective treatment.”

Mr Anderson is the only UK surgeon who carries out an excess of 120 urethroplasies each year. A urethroplasty is the procedure used to correct the most severe form of stricture and is the most challenging for the surgeon to undertake, but has very good long term results.