Urology

 

 Mr. Biral Patel,  MB ChB, MD, FRCS (Urol)

Consultant Urological and Robotic Surgeon

‘Providing high-quality and personal urological care for you and your family’

What/Who is a Urologist?

A Urologist (also known as a Urological Surgeon) is a surgeon who specialises in the medical and surgical treatment of urological or genitourinary disease – problems of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, penis, testis and pelvic problems. They treat a whole variety of conditions ranging from urological cancers (prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, penile and testicular cancer) to prostate and bladder problems (difficulty passing urine/urinary symptoms, incontinence, infections, pain), urinary stone disease, testicular and penile problems (foreskin problems, testicular pain/lumps, vasectomy and vasectomy reversal). Some urologists also treat male infertility. A small proportion are also involved in kidney transplants.

All urologists will start off their training by going to medical school and training as a doctor. In the UK, a newly qualified doctor would have to work for a couple of years as a Foundation Trainee and then embark on their specialist training. This would include a few years in basic surgical training, gaining experience in a variety of different surgical specialties at the end of which the trainee would sit an examination to become a Member of one of the Royal Colleges. This is usually followed by higher surgical training in Urology lasting a few years (currently 5-6 years) at the end of which the trainee would sit a difficult examination to become a ‘Fellow’ of one of the Royal Colleges. By this stage, most trainee urologists would be a General Urologist. However, some surgeons may then take on a specialist post or ‘Fellowship’ for a year or two in order to gain subspecialist experience in their chosen sub-branch of urology. This may be in a specialist centre in the UK or abroad. Some trainees may also spend an additional year or two undertaking some formal research through an academic department or university and gain a postgraduate qualification such as an MS, MD or even a PhD.

While there may be several reasons why a particular person becomes a urologist, people often state the following: a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments, including open major surgery, keyhole surgery, laser surgery as one of them.

Newsflash

Highly experienced in the various aspects of General Urology and also has a Specialist interest in Urological Cancers, Stone Disease, Penile and genital problems and erectile dysfunction.

Testimonials

Dear Mr Patel, You will be aware that our father died peacefully last week. My brothers, sister and I wanted to thank you for the care you took with him. He so much enjoyed his appointments with you and I know that you were always straightforward with him. He thoroughly appreciated that’. PC