Southmead Hospital urology surgeons in list of UKs top ten

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Two urologists from Southmead Hospital are listed in the country’s best surgeons for prostate cancer.

The Daily Mail compiled the list of the UK’s top ten ­outstanding prostate cancer surgeons.

David Gillatt, lead consultant in urology and medical director of the Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead, is described as a ‘leader in the field’.

The report said: “He has done huge numbers of open ­prostatectomies, but switched to robotics a couple of years ago.

He has consistently been a leader in the field and is very highly regarded for his technical work.

He’s down-to-earth, his patients love him and he knows his subject inside out.”

Surgeon Edward Rowe is also listed as highly recommended in the poll and described as “Very precise. He performed well with open surgery as a junior, but is now just starting out with robotics and flying with it.”

The survey was compiled by asking 40 of the nation’s urologists to nominate the surgeons that they would refer their own loved ones too.

The surgeons who got the most votes from their peers were listed in the Daily Mail’s top 10.

Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in Britain.

A robotic surgical system carries out prostate removal procedures at Southmead Hospital.

‘The Robot’ is the only one in the South West and is made up of a console operated by the surgeon who controls four robotic arms managing the surgical instruments.

In September, Southmead’s consultant orthopaedic surgeon Andrew Porteous was highly recommended in the Daily Mail’s survey of the best surgeons for a knee replacement.

Fact file

Prostate cancer symptoms
The most common symptoms of prostate cancer and non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate are the same. They are:

  • Increase in urination, especially at night
  • Difficulty in passing urine
  • Pain on passing urine
  • Blood in the urine or semen

What causes the symptoms?

  • With both prostate cancer and a benign enlarged prostate, symptoms are usually caused because the growth presses on the urethra.
  • Early prostate cancer does not usually cause any symptoms at all because any growth in the prostate is too small to have any noticeable effect on urine flow.
  • Symptoms may also be mild and occur over many years.
  • Sometimes the first symptoms are from prostate cancer cells which have spread to your bones.
  • This may cause pain in your back, hips, pelvis or other bony areas. This is known as secondary prostate cancer.
  • It is important to have your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels checked, a simple blood test, by your doctor.
  • If you recognise any of these symptoms seek advice from your doctor.
  • Most enlargements of the prostate are not cancer and can be easily treated.