Consultant Profile

Mr Farooq Khan

Mr Farooq Khan BSc. (Hons) MBBS (Distinction) FRCS (Urol)
Practicing at:
Spire Harpenden Hospital
  • Urology
    • Andrology
    • Benign prostate diseases
    • Bladder / kidney stone disease
    • Bladder cancer
    • Erectile dysfunction
    • Female Urology
    • Incontinence
    • Kidney Cancer
    • Male infertility
    • Prostate cancer
    • Sexual dysfunction
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Urodynamics
    • Urological cancers
    • Urological pathology
Special clinical interests:
  • Laser prostate surgery (Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate)
  • PSA testing and prostate cancer diagnosis
  • Bladder cancer
  • Andrology
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Scrotal lumps
  • Circumcision and revision circumcision
Research interests:

Preservation of nerves around the prostate to preserve erectile function following prostate surgery

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Urological Surgeon, Luton & Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Royal College of Surgeons of England
British Medical Association
Medical Protection Society

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0800 585 112
Private secretary:
Mrs Nina Burnett
Private secretary telephone number:
07703 407 351
Private secretary fax:
01582 645 920
Private secretary email address:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday Mornings
Background Information 
Professional profile:

I have been a Consultant Urological Surgeon for 6 years having completed my training on the Cambridge urology rotation (2003-2010). My main interest is laser prostate surgery (holmium laser enucleation of the prostate - HoLEP) and I have led the development of the widespread use and mentoring of surgeons that has resulted in the uptake of this technique with the 50 Watt laser across the UK. I am the leading user of the 50 Watt laser for HoLEP surgery and have performed the highest number in the UK (at the time of writing over 350 cases). My ethos in this regard is to promote this to other surgeons so that many more patients can benefit from laser prostate surgery.
I am a director of a urology teaching course at The Royal College of Surgeons of England as well as an invited faculty member across the UK for teaching courses.
My claim to fame is that I was shadowed by the original actors for the medical drama Holby City whilst a junior doctor at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge (1999). 

My main interest is laser prostate surgery for urinary symptoms in men from an enlarged benign prostate and I have performed over 350 such cases, the highest number of 50 Watt laser prostatectomies in the UK (Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate - HoLEP). I am director of a twice yearly HoLEP Masterclass promoting this technique to Consultants in the NHS and private sector. I have been an invited speaker on this surgery to the European, American and British annual meetings. In addition, I provide the breadth of laser stone surgery for patients as well as a full portfolio of core urology to my patients including prostate cancer detection, blood in the urine investigations, circumcisions and erectile dysfunction.

With my main urology interests in mind; I have performed the highest number of 50 Watt laser prostatectomies in the UK (>350) both across my NHS and private practice. Patients have had excellent outcomes that we have presented at international urology meetings.

I have performed over 400 flexible ureteroscopies for kidney stone disease and over 40 keyhole kidney stone surgery (percutaneous nephrolithotomies -PCNL) as well as annually completing over 120 circumcisions/revision circumcisions in the private sector alone.  

Informally, I led the financial turnround of our NHS department that reversed a loss of £1.1 million to a recent profit of £250,000 over 2 years. This was acheived by leading the introduction of new surgical techniques that shortened bed occupancy (laser prostate surgery), repatriating high tariff work back to our department (keyhole stone surgery), moving certain procedures to a day-case setting (flexible cystoscopy), running our theatre sessions more efficiently but above all accounting and capturing for all our clinical activity to fairly represent the income generated.
In part for this work I was recognised and awarded a Clinical Excellence Award. 

I am the Course Director for the urology modules at the Royal College of Surgeons of England that is run twice a year in Lincolns Inn Field. I organise the course content and liaise with invited faculty about the content and over a two day period deliver a high quality urology core training skills course that has recieved  excellent validated feedback. In addition, and continuing with my teaching commitment, I am an invited senior faculty member for the regional Specialist Registrar's teaching and for the FRCS (Urol) Revision course run twice yearly in Cheshire.

Personal profile:

My work ethos has been to ensure the best cost-effective delivery for NHS provision of services and at the same time emulating that in your private practice such that the two will merge into one - a high class service for both sectors. Having been a Consultant Urological Surgeon for 6 years I have managed to support and lead my NHS department and at the same time build and develop my interest in laser prostate surgery, both in the NHS and private sector and have in recent years spent a considerable amount of time developing this and collecting and publishing outcome data around the world at international meetings. This has been hugely rewarding, especially moving from a 2-3 day hospital stay to one that on average is 18 hours now and at the same time producing superior clinical results to the old standard of TURP. This has been very satisfying as a clinician.
On a more personal level I have always had the ambition to complete a private pilots licence (PPL) to keep up with a family tradition where my father and uncle both held this and having taken lessons in this regard hope one day to acheive this goal. I have three daughters, rapidly growing up, and enjoy the comfort of watching them in their sporting activities and find that my relaxation time is often enjoyed by long walks with the boss, also known as Mrs K!

Recommended links:
British Association of Urological Surgeons

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Mr Farooq Khan

Mr Farooq Ali Khan Urology Consultant, Harpenden, Herts, private hospital specialist.

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