Mr Shiv Bhanot FRCS, MB BS, MS

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Urological conditions

In this section, you will be able to read more about the urological conditions that Mr Bhanot routinely diagnoses and treats at Spire Roding Hospital.

Mr Bhanot treats urological problems affecting both men and women including:

Male-only conditions:

Prostate cancer (including raised PSA and PCA3 testing)

Benign prostatic conditions, such as prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)

Erectile dysfunction

Hydrocele and varicocele

Phimosis (tight foreskin)

Testicular lumps


Male and female conditions:

Cystitis and urinary tract infections

Kidney stones

Kidney (renal) cancer and bladder cancer

Inguinal hernia

Urinary incontinence

Mr Bhanot has a special expertise in laparoscopic (minimally invasive or ‘keyhole’) surgery for urological conditions, and offers highly specialised surgery for prostate cancer including radical prostatectomy and laparoscopic Millin’s prostatectomy. In East London and Essex, Mr Bhanot is the longest established laparoscopic urological surgeon, having pioneered this expertise in 2004.


This condition is inflammation of the prostate gland. It may present as an acute bacterial prostatitis, chronic bacterial prostatitis, non-bacterial prostatitis, or prostatodynia. In the last there are complaints consistent with prostatitis but no evidence of prostatic inflammation. Most cases of prostatitis are non-bacterial but bacterial infection accounts for the majority of acutely presenting cases.

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Prostate Enlargement ( Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH)

The prostate gland commonly becomes larger in older men. This enlargement, which is also known as 'benign prostatic hyperplasia' (or BPH), can cause problems with passing urine. Symptoms are often mild. Without treatment, symptoms do not always get worse, and may even improve over time. If symptoms become troublesome or distressing they can be improved by medicines or surgery.

Mr Bhanot offers surgical treatment for BPH, including minimally invasive laparoscopic Millin's surgery, to private patients in the comfort of Spire Roding Hospital.

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Erectile Dysfunction

Otherwise known as ED, erectile dysfunction is the inability to attain, and maintain, an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance. Although it is a benign (non-cancerous) disorder, ED can have a significant impact on the quality of life of sufferers, their partners and families. It can also sometimes be an early warning of more serious disease.

At Spire Roding, Mr Bhanot treats routinely treats private patients from east London and Essex for erectile dysfunction.

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Hydrocoele and varicocele

A hydrocele is a soft lump in the scrotum, which is a collection of fluid in the cord attached to the testicle. Most develop for no apparent reason, are harmless, and can often be left alone. If needed, a small operation to drain them can usually cure the problem and prevent them from growing larger and causing discomfort. In a small number of cases, a hydrocele is due to an underlying problem with a testis.

A varicocele is similar to a hydrocele - they are rather like varicose veins, next to one or both testes. It usually causes no symptoms, apart from mild discomfort in a small number of cases.

Neither condition is dangerous except in very rare cases when they become infected or put pressure on blood vessels. Mr Bhanot offers private patients a simple surgical procedure for the removal of hydrocele and varicocele at Spire Roding Hospital. Both procedures are usually performed as a day-case and a full recovery is normal within a few days.

Click here to read more about the removal of hydrocele and varicocele at Spire Roding Hospital.

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Phimosis (tight foreskin)

A tight foreskin is an embarrassing and painful problem experienced commonly by boys and young men (older men can also be affected following repeated thrush infections).  Sufferers of phimosis are unable to pull the foreskin back to wash properly. If the problem is severe, pain can be felt when the penis is erect.

At Spire Roding, Mr Bhanot performs circumcisions on adults to help deal with this condition.

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Testicular lumps

These are common and very often benign. Testicular lumps are caused by many factors, including warts, hernias, hydrocele, varciocele, infection, injury and torsion (twisting). Some of these conditions are outlined below. Any man who finds a lump in one of his testicles should see their GP in the first instance, who will decide if there is a need to refer for any investigations or treatment.

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Cystitis is a common condition affecting the bladder, whereby it becomes inflamed due to an infection or irritation. Anyone can get cystitis, but it's most common in women. It is easily treated by your GP using antibiotics, but if it’s recurrent then you may need investigations. In the cleanliness and comfort of Spire Roding Hospital, Mr Bhanot investigates and treats recurrent cystitis.

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Kidney stones

The cause of most kidney stones is not known. A stone may cause no serious problems except pain - most are small and pass out with the urine. Some stones, however, become stuck in a ureter (or kidney) and cause persistent symptoms or problems. There are various treatment options to remove a stone that has become stuck. About half of people who have a kidney stone go on to develop another one later on in their life. Drinking plenty of water each day may prevent a recurrence. Many private patients have sought the expertise of Mr Bhanot to remove kidney stones using the latest surgical techniques.

Click here for more on the removal of kidney stones at Spire Roding Hospital

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Inguinal Hernia

An inguinal hernia is a lump in the groin that occurs when part of your gut (intestine) or fatty tissue pushes through a weakness in the muscles of the abdominal wall. Inguinal hernias are most common in boys and men. They may be present at birth or develop later in life. Straining, heavy lifting, coughing or being overweight increases the pressure within the abdomen, and this puts strain on the muscles in the groin area.

Read more about keyhole surgery to repair inguinal hernias at Spire Roding Hospital.

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Urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence is common, particularly ‘stress’ and ‘urge’ incontinence, and easily treatable using medical and surgical treatment. Women are affected much more commonly than men. At Spire Roding Hospital, Mr Bhanot treats each urinary incontinence patient with an individual treatment plan using a combination of medical and surgical methods.

Read more about surgical methods to treat urinary incontinence at Spire Roding Hospital.

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Mr Shiv Bhanot

Mr Bhanot has over 15 years experience of treating patients from East London and Essex with urological conditions, both within the NHS and privately at Spire Roding Hospital in Redbridge.

020 8709 7878