Category: Consultants’ blog

What I have learnt from my experience of the UroLift procedure

By Maya Harris, consultant urologist, Birmingham Prostate Clinic I first came across this new procedure in America four years ago, whilst attending a meeting of the American Urological Association. I was surprised by the simplicity and elegance of the idea that rather than removing the prostate tissue, it could be retracted to open the passage […]

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How reliable is the PCA3 test for prostate cancer?

How reliable is the PCA3 test for prostate cancer? What we have learnt from undertaking 688 tests By Alan Doherty Back in 2007, we were one of the first clinics in the UK to introduce a new type of test for prostate cancer. This test was based on the discovery that very high levels of […]

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GP Questions: Raised PSA and Prostate Cancer

The main question for GPs: raised PSA and prostate cancer By Alan Doherty, consultant urologist, Birmingham Prostate Clinic I am pleased to have another opportunity to meet GPs for an educational event on November 17. I attend these events as often as possible, because we need effective connections between the GP surgery and hospital. Meeting […]

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What is the new UroLift for benign prostatic hyperplasia?

Earlier this year, a new approach to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) received approval for use in the NHS. The new approach is called UroLift and is designed to alleviate the symptoms of BPH without cutting or vaporising the surplus prostate tissue. To understand this new treatment, we need to start by looking at what happens […]

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How to choose between different types of prostate cancer surgery?

I frequently see patients who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, have decided on surgery, but are struggling with the choice of different types of surgery. Increasingly, there can be a choice, especially if patients seek opinions from two or three different urologists (which we certainly support). A common scenario might be: the patient sees […]

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The BPC response to the ban on synthetic (TVT) based slings and vaginal meshes in Scotland

For some time, there have been very serious concerns about whether vaginal slings and meshes constructed from synthetic material are safe. This week there was a significant and unexpected new development when the Scottish Health Minister issued a ban on all synthetic sling and vaginal mesh procedures while further investigations were carried out. Although the […]

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Robotic surgery – the future for prostatectomy ?

Since the start of 2014, I have been carrying out prostatectomies using the robotic da Vinci system at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Robot-assisted surgery is the norm in America and in the UK, where a growing number of hospitals are investing in the da Vinci, many see it as the future and “gold standard”. My […]

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The Questions For Your Consultant Urologist

Treatment for prostate cancer is one of the most rapidly developing areas in medicine, providing men with a wide and sometimes confusing range of treatment options. While our scientific understanding of the disease is marching forward, the culture of the doctor/patient relationship in the UK is changing more slowly. Some patients remain reluctant to ask […]

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Choosing between different treatments for prostate cancer?

For men with organ-confined early stage disease, there is a wider range of different treatments for prostate cancer than any other type of cancer. Mr Alan Doherty, consultant urologist at the Birmingham Prostate Clinic, discusses the relative merits and disadvantages of the different types of treatment, answering the questions patients most commonly ask in clinic. […]

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