Why choose us?
Not all urologists are specialists in incontinence, so how can you know who to trust with you health care?
Whatever your problem, the most important thing is to be seen by the right doctor. Sometimes it is difficult to know which specialist is right for your medical needs. How can you be certain that you will see a consultant with the right expertise to offer you the best treatment available?
Through subspecialisation within their NHS practices, Nottingham Urology Group consultants have developed expertise in the various aspects of pelvic floor dysfunction. Whatever your problem, we can offer authoritative assessment and treatment by a specialist.
Choosing a doctor
When deciding whom to see, there are some simple questions you should ask to help you make the right choice for you. Don’t be afraid to ask: any good doctor won’t mind answering:
- Does the doctor specialise in incontinence and prolapse in his NHS practice, or does he/she mostly see patients with other problems?
- Does the doctor have any specialist training?
- Is the doctor registered with the British Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG) or the BAUS Section of Female and Reconstructive Urology (BSFRU)?
- How many incontinence and prolapse operations does the doctor perform each year?
- Does the doctor audit his or her surgical outcomes (eg success rates and complications)? What are the results?
- Does the doctor follow the NICE guidelines (link) when treating patients?
National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE)
NICE (the independent organisation responsible for providing guidance on healthcare in the UK) has stated that surgery for urinary incontinence should be undertaken only by surgeons who
- have received appropriate training in the management of incontinence
- work within a multidisciplinary team
- regularly carry out surgery for incontinence in women.
NICE says: “The expertise of the surgeon is one of the factors that influence surgical outcomes. The best outcomes are achieved when surgeons and their teams have specialist training and regular practice in continence surgery.”
“Some procedures for incontinence are technically simple, yet potentially harmful if carried out incompetently or in inappropriate patients. Others are complex and require higher levels of expertise.”