Mr Farooq Khan
Consultant Urological Surgeon
BSc (Hons), MBBS (Distinction), FRCS (Urol)
"I enjoy my time at the Spire Harpenden, both clinics and theatre sessions, as I find the whole experience relaxing given the excellent organisation of the hospital."
I have been a Consultant Urological Surgeon for six 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 while 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 (more than 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 turnaround of our NHS department that reversed a loss of £1.1 million to a recent profit of £250,000 over two years. This was achieved 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 received 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.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Farooq Khan at Spire include:
• Haematuria (blood in urine) investigations
• Prostate cancer diagnostics including multi-parametric MRI and PSA testing
• Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
• Vasectomy reversal consultations
Spire Harpenden Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.
BSc (Hons) / University College London Medical School / 1993
This was an Intercalated BSc in which I took a year out of my formal medical training (attained a scholarship) where I spent a year undertaking research on nerve regeneration.
MBBS (Distinction) / University College London Medical School / 1996
This is the basic medical qualification for a doctor, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery that I was awarded with Distinction in 1996. I completed all my training at University College London and in hospitals around London and the home counties.
MRCS (Eng) / Royal College of Surgeons of England, London / 1999
I obtained my basic surgical qualification, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, having completed my basic surgical training at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. This allowed me to move onto a period of urological research at the Royal Free Hospital, London (2000-2003) before entering my urology registrar training (Higher Surgical Training).
FRCS (Urology) / Royal College of Surgeons of England, London / 2008
This is the definitive end of urological training examination that is taken prior to being considered for a consultant post. I completed my urological training on the Cambridge rotation and obtained this prestigious exit qualification first time.
Director of Urology Course at the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Senior faculty FRCS (Urol) revision course
Surgical mentor in Laser prostate surgery
"Urinary Stone Disease” Chapter 12 in ABC of Urology, 3rd Edition, 2011. Editors: C Dawson & J Nethercliffe
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 six 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 achieve 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!