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  • New Botox video is live!

    NUG has set up a new youtube channel to publish videos about urological conditions and procedures.

    We are pleased to announce that the first video is now live, and shows the technique of bladder botox injections.  The video was produced and is narrated by Richard Parkinson, who has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatmnet of many different bladder conditions.

    The video can be viewed here

  • Robot-assisted prostatectomy comes to Nottingham

    Nottingham Urology Group's Tom Walton performed the first robot-assisted radical prostatectomies in the East Midlands this week. The robot arrived a few weeks ago and is the only surgical robot in the region. This is a major step forward for patients with prostate cancer having surgery, with lower complication rates, better cancer control and quicker recovery than traditional key-hole surgery. Mr Walton learned the procedure during a year-long fellowship in Australia.

    Robotic surgery is now the Gold Standard surgical treatment of localised prostate cancer. The majority of prostate cancer surgery is performed using this technique, and most patients will be suitable for this kind of surgery. Other treatment options include open surgery, radiotherapy and brachytherapy, and patients would usually have all the options, including robotic surgery, discussed when choosing treatment. 

  • Have you seen blood in your urine?

    Recently, a highly successful public awareness campaign has highlighted the importance of seeing a doctor if you have blood in the urine. Doctors call this problem "haematuria", and the blood can either be visible to the naked eye, or only detected using urine tests.

    Following the campaign we saw an increase in the number of people coming forward for tests. Fortunately, most were reassured and didn't need any further treatment. However, we were able to find  potentially serious problems in a small number of people, and offer them treatment. The campaign was a big success and undoubtedly has helped us detect and treat many patients before their problems became too serious.

    If you have blood in your urine, you must let your doctor know so you can be referred to a specialist. Click here for more information about blood in the urine and how it is investigated.

  • AdVance male sling for incontinence after prostate surgery

    Until relatively recently, there have been few options available to men who have urinary incontinence after radical prostate surgery for prostate cancer. This common problem can have a profound impact on men's quality if life, ancd it affects about 10% of men after radical surgery.

    Treatments include pelvic floor exercises, which can be effective for many men. Tablet treatment is of limited benefit. Some men with severe incontinence choose to undergo an operation to insert an artificial sphincter, but this is a fairly big operation and there can be complications and mechanical problems with an artificial sphincter. Men with moderate degrees of incontinence are often left in a quandry: they have bothersome symptoms which limit thier everyday lives, yet they don't wish to undergo a big procedure with the risk of complications.

    The AdVance male sling is a procedure which can be performed relatively simply with an overnight hospital stay in most cases. It can improve or cure the majority of moderately severe incontinence problems without the need for major surgery. Richard Parkinson, Nottingham Urology Group's continence specialist, has developed this procedure in Nottingham and can discuss all the options with you.

  • Template biopsy offers more accurate prostate cancer diagnosis

    Nottingham Urology Group is one of the first private urology services to offer this state of the art technology for patients with possible prostate cancer. Unlike a standard prostate biopsy, which can be misleading in up to 20% of cases, the template biopsy technique uses a highly detailed MRI scan to help direct the biopsies to the parts of the prostate most likely to contain cancer. This allows the most accurate information about the cancer to be obtained to help you and your consultant plan the best treatment for you.