Symptom Finder

Many symptoms may be embarrassing or personal, leaving patients suffering in silence or anxious about seeking help. Patient awareness is important in aiding prompt diagnosis, effective treatment and early reassurance. The British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) has produced specific advice across a broad spectrum of symptoms. Please note, this is no substitute for an in-depth consultation with a medical professional and comprehensive investigation at one of our specialist clinics.

Procedure Information

The British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) has produced a broad range of downloadable information for individual urological procedures, to enable patients to choose their treatments with full knowledge.

To browse and download information sheets on a variety of surgical procedures, please access the BAUS website via the link below.

Treatment Guidelines

Doctors and surgeons offer care and treatments based on published evidence-based data about the effectiveness or risks of these treatments. Professional bodies regularly produce guidelines which summarise the available literature to help professionals in advising patients on the most up to date and effective treatment choices. The following are examples of bodies producing guidance to urological surgeons: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS), European Association of Urology (EAU). The EAU provides extensive guidance across the whole spectrum of urological practice, which is updated each year.

Click here for direct access to the NICE guidelines.

Click here for direct access to the EAU guidelines.

NHS Patients

Midlands Urology is a private medical practice and is available to insured and fee-paying patients only. The specialist services and surgery described are available to patients eligible for NHS treatment at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust.

Patients would need a referral to Mr Peter Cooke from their GP or Urologist.

Overseas Patients

Midlands Urology regularly receives enquiries from outside the Midlands region, and often from overseas. Patients have travelled for consultations and surgery from Africa, the Middle East, India, Thailand, China, Canada and Australia, often having relatives in the UK.

We are happy to arrange appointments and investigations in advance of travel, and can also help with appropriate travel or accommodation. We are positioned very conveniently, with easy access to the UK motorway and rail network, and Birmingham International airport.

Patients will need to bring any relevant medical documents, test, pathology or imaging results with them. It may sometimes be necessary to review histopathology slides.

Patients will be required to pay for services in advance, and would not have access to the UK National Health Service.

We cannot give medical advice without a formal consultation at one of our clinics.

Useful Videos

Many surgical procedures are available to view over the internet, particularly endoscopic, laparoscopic or robotic surgery (all of which are widely used in Urology), where a camera is routinely used to see deep inside the body. Youtube has numerous videos to view, posted by individual surgeons. Many patients find viewing a video very helpful in understanding their condition or proposed operation. Not all find this is the case, and many prefer not to see in full colour and detail the anatomical steps of live surgery. Please note that videos posted may not exactly represent the treatment offered or the technique used by another individual surgeon, nor may the views or opinions expressed be relevant to a specific patient’s condition.

Useful Links

www.cancerhelp.org.uk

CancerHelp UK is the patient information website of Cancer Research UK. CancerHelp UK provide a free information service about cancer and cancer care for people with cancer and their families.

www.macmillan.org.uk

This website provides over 6,000 pages of up-to-date cancer information, practical advice and support for cancer patients, their families and carers.

www.continence-foundation.org.uk

The Bladder and Bowel Foundation, (formerly Incontact and the Continence Foundation) is the UK’s leading charity providing information and support for people with bladder and bowel disorders, their carers, families and healthcare professionals.

www.sexualdysfunctionassociation.com

The Sexual Dysfunction Association, (formerly the Impotence Association), is a charitable organisation, to help sufferers of male and female sexual problems and their partners and to raise awareness of the extent to which sexual conditions affect the general population. Originally, the charity focused on helping individuals with erectile dysfunction (impotence) but now it covers all forms of male and female sexual problems.

www.thebladderclinic.co.uk

The Birmingham and Solihull Bladder Clinic provides specialist care for urinary incontinence and other urinary and bladder symptoms.

www.theurologyfoundation.org

The aim of The Urology Foundation is to improve the diagnosis, treatment and management of urological disease through the development and support of medical education and sponsorship of research.

http://www.royalwolverhampton.nhs.uk/ 

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is committed to delivering top quality care and an excellent patient experience.

www.davincisurgery.com

This website aims to give patients and their loved ones more information and insight into this innovative form of surgery.

www.actiononbladdercancer.org

Action on Bladder Cancer (ABC) is the only UK charity purely focused on improving the lives of people with bladder cancer. It is dedicated to helping people to understand more about bladder cancer.