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Urology

Urology is the surgical speciality dealing with diagnosis and treatments of the reproductive organs and our specialists treat a wide variety of conditions and diseases.  At London Bridge Hospital we have world class consultants from London’s top teaching hospitals, all of whom are specialists in their specific field. You can be assured you’ll be seen by the best possible consultant for your specific conditions.

If you need to see a urologist, you will be seen in our Outpatient and Diagnostic centre in The Shard, where we can carry out consultations, scans and blood tests. If you need further treatment or surgery, you will be treated within the Private Care at Guy’s facility on the campus.  Find out more about our Consultant Urologists and their specialisms in our consultant finder

From enlarged prostates and kidney stones to bladder, prostate and kidney cancer, we offer a range of diagnostic and outpatient services that give you access to the best treatment, quickly.

Bladder Cancer

Signs of bladder cancer include recurring urinary tract infections, difficulty urinating and pain while urinating.

We offer both flexible and blue light cystoscopies – two ways of looking at your bladder (download our Blue Light Cystoscopy leaflet here). Based on the results of your cystoscopy, your consultant will recommend the appropriate treatment, which may be carried out at The Shard or at another HCA Healthcare site.

Options include:

  • Transurethral Resection of a Bladder Tumour (TURBT)
  • Open Radical Cystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Radical Cystectomy
  • Radical Cystectomy
  • Neobladder Formation

Enlarged Prostate

If you experience symptoms such as an urgent need to urinate, difficulty emptying your bladder or incontinence, it could be sign of an enlarged prostate..

We conduct screening tests such as urinary flow rate and residual volume scans, rectal examinations and prostate specific antigens analyses. Based on the results, your urologist may recommend procedures such as a trans-urethral resection of the prostate, holmium laser enucleation, holmium laser ablation or GreenLight HPS laser treatment.

Kidney Cancer

The most common symptom of kidney cancer, although it only happens in about 50% of cases, is blood in your urine (as a note, the majority of people with this symptom do not have cancer, as it’s also a symptom of kidney infection or kidney stones).

Kidney cancer is usually diagnosed with an ultrasound scan and confirmed with a CT scan. If you are diagnosed with kidney cancer, you’ll likely have some form of nephrectomy. We offer both laparoscopic and open nephrectomies at our sister HCA Healthcare sites.

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones occur when your urine is so saturated with mineral that your kidneys can’t dissolve anymore. The excess mineral then crystallises into stones, which can be painful and cause infection or blood in your urine.

Often smaller stones work their own way out naturally, but bigger ones may require treatment. We offer a range of treatments including extra corpeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), rigid and flexible ureterorenoscopy (which involves a laser) and percutaneous nephrolithotomy.

The most effective way to prevent kidney stones is to stay hydrated and eat healthily. Our Clinic Nurse Specialists will provide supporting dietary advice to help you avoid future issues.

Overactive Bladder

We take a holistic approach to treating urgency, frequency and incontinence issues. This includes sessions with a specialist urology nurse, who will help you with pelvic floor exercises and bladder retraining. We also offer Botox injections, which are highly effective and minimally invasive, as well as bladder instillations for painful bladder syndrome.

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

We offer a range of cutting-edge diagnostic tests for prostate cancer, including transrectal ultrasound and transperineal template biopsies. Your urologist will help you determine the best procedure based on your circumstances.

If you need further treatment or surgery after your outpatient visit, you will be treated at the main London Bridge Hospital, or Private Care at Guy's, part of HCA Healthcare UK. The full range of services, available from the Urology team is available on our treatments page.