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Cambridge Urology Clinic

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

Conditions and Treatments

  • Botulinum toxin treatment for incontinence

    For patients who have an overactive bladder including symptoms of passing urine frequently, urgently or leaking urine before getting to the toilet in time, one option for treatment is injection into the bladder lining with botulinum toxin  This is performed using a flexible or rigid cystoscope (telescope) whilst you are awake or with a general anaesthetic.  Sometimes, following this treatment you may need to have a catheter placed to drain the bladder on a temporary basis or you may need to be taught to empty the bladder yourself on an intermittent basis. The effect of botulinum toxin on average lasts for nine months before repeat injection is required.

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  • Diagnosis and treatment of Prostate Cancer

    PSA test
    The prostate specific antigen or PSA test is a test used to help detect prostate cancer. This test is done by taking a blood sample and sending it to the laboratory. It is commonly used, together with a prostate examination, as one of the first tests in suspected prostate cancer. An elevated PSA does not necessarily mean prostate cancer is present, as PSA levels can be raised for a number of reasons, but it can help determine whether further tests are required.

    PCA3 test

    The PCA 3 test is a test performed on urine samples taken after a urologist has done a massage of the prostate gland during a rectal examination. It is sometimes used when prostate cancer is suspected but a biopsy of the prostate has not shown cancer. The PCA 3 test has been suggested to be a better test than PSA, for the purpose of detecting prostate cancer, but research is still being done to determine whether this is true.  It is not an alternative to getting a tissue sample of the prostate (link to prostate biopsy) which is currently the most reliable way to diagnose prostate cancer. The Cambridge Urology Clinic consultants believe that the PCA3 test has a specific role in helping to diagnose prostate cancer in some men, and we are happy to offer this test to patients. More importantly however, we offer full discussion about the benefits, limitations and use of this test.

    Prostate biopsy
    A prostate biopsy may be necessary if there is a suspicion of prostate cancer. In this procedure an ultrasound probe is passed into the rectum to visualise the prostate. After giving a local anaesthetic, 10-12 tissue biopsies are taken from the prostate using a fine needle. The procedure takes about 20 minutes. The tissue biopsies are then sent to the laboratory to be checked. A common side effect is blood in the urine and rectum but this is usually short lived. There is also a small risk of infection and all men are given antibiotics before and after the procedure.

    Radical prostatectomy
    This is an operation to remove the entire prostate.  It is primarily recommended for men with disease confined to the prostate. In this operation the prostate and seminal vesicles are removed and the bladder is joined to the urethra. The operation has a high success rate in curing prostate cancer if the disease is caught early enough. This operation can be done by open surgery, laparoscopic surgery or robotic surgery. Consultants at The Cambridge Urology Clinic work in the department of urology at Addenbrooke’s hospital, where the operation is done using the Da Vinci Robotic system. The operation involves an in hospital stay of about 1-3 days and a catheter is left in place for about 7-10 days afterwards. The main long term complications of this operation are incontinence (whereby men may leak urine) and difficulty getting erections.

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  • Surgery for female urinary incontinence

    There are a number of procedures available to treat involuntary loss of urine in women (which may occur during activity such as coughing, walking or with exercise). One option is to inject agents around the urethra using a cystoscope (telescope) under a general anaesthetic. This treatment option often requires a repeat procedure some time later. The second option involves supporting the urethra using either a synthetic material or tissue taken from the lower part of the abdominal wall. This operation involves a small vaginal incision to place a sling that lifts and supports the urethra. A third option entails a slightly bigger operation, and involves making an abdominal incision and lifting the vaginal tissues that lie around urethra in a supportive manner. This option requires a longer stay in hospital, up to 3-5 days.

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  • Surgery for men's urinary incontinence

    There are a number of procedures available to treat involuntary loss of urine in men (which may occur during activity such as coughing, walking or with exercise). Options for treatment include supporting the urethra using a synthetic sling or placing an artificial closure device (sphincter) around the urethra which is operated by a pump that lies in the scrotum.

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  • Our Other Treatments

    Bladder neck incision
    Botulinum toxin into the bladder
    Epididymal cyst excision
    Female urinary incontinence procedures
    Hydrocoele repair
    Ileal conduit
    Insertion of a ureteric stent
    Laser prostatectomy
    Male urinary incontinence procedures
    Meatal / urethral dilatation and meatoplasty
    Optical urethrotomy
    PSA test
    PCA3 test
    Prostate biopsy
    Radical prostatectomy
    Sacral nerve stimulation
    Suprapubic catheter (SPC) insertion
    Substitution cystoplasty
    Transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT)
    Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
    Transobturator tape insertion
    Ureteroscopy – diagnostic
    Ureteroscopy and stone destruction
    Ureteric reimplantation
    Urethral reconstruction
    Vasectomy reversal

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