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Our expert urologists offer screening, diagnosis and treatment for a range of conditions — from urinary tract infections to prostate cancer

What is urology?

Urology is an area of medicine focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the male and female urinary tract and male reproductive organs. Our experienced urologists specialise in problems of the bladder, prostate and kidneys, providing care for conditions including incontinence, impotence, infertility and urological cancer.

Under our care, you'll benefit from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of consultants and access to the latest diagnostic and treatment technology. Our hospitals were among the first in the UK to use key technological advances, such as the da Vinci© robot, to provide the most precise minimally invasive procedures.

If your child needs care, The Portland Hospital is home to some of the UK’s leading paediatric urologists, specialising in conditions of the urinary tract and male reproductive organs in children.

Urological expertise

Our on-site diagnostic facilities and advanced treatment technology help our us to deliver the very best personalised care, whatever your condition.

  • Cystoscopy

    Need to know

    Your consultant might suggest you have a cystoscopy to help diagnose any problems in your bladder or urethra. Examples include looking for causes of infection, bleeding or to help identify the cause of incontinence or other bladder issues. The procedure is quite quick and usually takes around 10 minutes.

  • Transurethral resection of the prostate

    Need to know

    Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) treats an enlarged prostate, which is called benign prostate enlargement (BPE) or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). If you have an enlarged prostate, it can obstruct the flow of urine from your bladder and make it difficult to pass urine.

  • Greenlight laser prostatectomy

    Need to know

    Also called photo-selective vaporisation of the prostate (PVP), GreenLight laser is used to treat problems caused by an enlarged prostate. It's not unusual for your prostate to get bigger with age. A benign (non-cancerous) growth can put pressure on the urethra, making it difficult urinate.

  • Neuromodulation

    Need to know

    If you have been diagnosed with overactive bladder syndrome (OAB), our HCA UK urologists can treat you with neuromodulation. A small implant is placed under your buttock. The electrical impulses stimulate the nerves that control your bladder. This minimally invasive treatment can greatly improve your...

  • Vasectomy

    Need to know

    A vasectomy is a highly effective form of male contraception. It involves making a small cut in the tubes that carry sperm from each testicle and sealing them. This prevents sperm from mixing with your semen. The procedure is usually considered permanent, although you can choose to have it reversed.

  • Circumcision

    Need to know

    The foreskin is the retractable fold of skin that covers the end of the penis. The procedure to remove it, known as circumcision, is carried out for religious, cultural, or medical reasons, including where the foreskin: - is too tight - becomes infected - develops cancer

  • Anorectal physiology tests

    Need to know

    Anorectal physiology tests look at the strength of the muscles in your anal canal to see if they are functioning as they should. They also check the sensitivity of your rectum to small volumes of air and its response to abdominal distension (an enlargement or 'ballooning' effect).

  • Blue light crystoscopy

    Need to know

    Blue light cystoscopy is a technique which allows for better visualisation of bladder tumours during an operation. This offers more certainty about the completeness of their removal. Our consultants have driven the development of the technique in the UK and have been involved in pioneering work demonstrating...

  • Endoanal ultrasound

    Need to know

    An endoanal ultrasound is used to demonstrate either childbirth trauma or post surgical trauma to the sphincter. This is a muscle that maintains constriction of a natural body passage, such as the anus. It may also show abnormal thinning of an intact internal sphincter, associated with incontinence.

  • MR proctogram

    Need to know

    An MR proctogram is a specialist examination which evaluates the pelvic floor muscles and the relationship between the bladder, vagina (for women) and rectum. Muscle function is tested during the scanning procedure. There are no side effects from the examination.

  • Neobladder formation

    Need to know

    A radical cystectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your bladder. During the procedure, your consultant surgeon will need to create a new way for you to pass urine. One way of doing this is a neobladder formation. It involves removing part of your colon and turning it into a bladder-like sac.

  • da Vinci surgery

    Need to know

    This robotic alternative to open surgery and conventional laparoscopy can treat many conditions. It causes less damage to surrounding tissue, nerves and vessels so you'll feel less pain and discomfort. A da Vinci© surgery procedure should take two to three hours, depending on the type of treatment.

  • Prostate artery embolisation

    Need to know

    The prostate is a walnut-sized gland near the neck of the bladder. An enlarged prostate or prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) isn't normally cancerous but it can put pressure on the urethra and make it difficult to pass urine. Prostate artery embolisation (PAE) is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedure...

  • Prostatic urethral lift implant

    Need to know

    Prostatic urethral lift implant is a procedure designed for men with an enlarged prostate, known as benign prostate hypertrophy or BPH. The procedure involves the use of small implants to lift aside the obstructive lining of the prostate from the urethra, improving urinary flow. Urolift avoids the need...

Our urology consultants

We're proud to work with world-class consultant urologists from the UK's top teaching hospitals, all of whom are experts in their field.

Our urologists are supported by nurses and theatre teams who are experienced in providing specialist urological care
Health Fact vs Fiction podcast

Probing the Prostate podcast

 As part of the HCA UK Health Fact vs Fiction podcast series, Anna Richardson talks with consultant urological surgeon Mr Ben Challacombe from The Prostate Centre, about prostate cancer and related health issues.

Our urological locations

From complex prostate surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

Our booking teams can help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

Call us today

020 7079 4344
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