BMI Healthcare provides an extensive range of urological services at more than 60 hospitals in the UK, including radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer treatment. Radical prostatectomy at BMI Healthcare hospitals will be conducted by one of BMI Healthcare's urological surgeons or oncologists specialising in prostate cancer treatment.
BMI Healthcare is the acute private hospital division of General Healthcare Group. It is the largest independent provider of private health care in the UK, committed to providing a consistent, high quality service to local communities.
Why choose BMI Healthcare for prostate cancer treatment?
BMI Healthcare has built up a reputation for providing excellent medical and surgical facilities, supported by state-of-the-art equipment and a high standard of nursing care, within pleasant and comfortable surroundings. BMI Healthcare deals with over 250,000 inpatient and 1,000,000 outpatient visits each year, and nearly half the procedures undertaken being of a major or complex nature. Read more about BMI Healthcare hospitals.
Their hospitals attract consultants from a wide range of specialities, most of whom have extensive experience gained within the NHS. Supported by BMI Healthcare’s high calibre staff, they are able to undertake a wide range of procedures. Each hospital has an experienced doctor on-site 24 hours a day to support patient care and a fully qualified nursing, clinical and support team plus diagnostic and treatment technology relevant to the patient procedures undertaken. In patient satisfaction surveys, 98.5% of patients said they would recommend BMI.
Prostate cancer treatments: Radical prostatectomy in the UK
Radical prostatectomy involves removing the entire prostate and seminal vesicles and is considered by many urologists and oncologists to be the 'gold standard' as it allows complete removal of the tumour when organ-confined, as well as definitive staging.
Additionally, it allows absolute confidence in interpreting the PSA level after treatment: a zero level confirms complete eradication of prostate cancer. In the small percentage (7%) of men in whom cancer recurs, it is detectable by a rise in the PSA level 3-5 years before it otherwise would cause symptoms, allowing radiotherapy to be administered. (Surgery also corrects obstruction to the drainage of urine from the bladder caused by enlargement of the prostate.)
You will be admitted either the day before or on the day of your operation and will be visited by an anaesthetist and a surgeon before the operation to answer any remaining questions. Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is a complex operation and takes 2-3 hours to perform through five 5-10 mm incisions.
Alternative prostate cancer treatment
For patients who are not suitable for surgery, the use of radiotherapy and observation, or, cryotherapy and ultrasound, are viable therapeutic options.
Recovering after radical prostatectomy
You should be able to go home with a catheter after 2-3 days and are re-admitted after the 9th day for catheter removal. You should expect to return to most activities about 3 weeks after laparoscopic and 3 months after open surgery.
The first outpatient appointment will be 4 weeks after the operation, when the results of the laboratory analysis (histology) of your prostate should be available. Your first PSA test will be done 2 weeks before your next outpatient appointment (3 months following surgery). You will be seen every 3 months for a year, every 6 months for 5 years and then annually until 15 years.
Prostate cancer treatment costs
For an indicative cost for prostate cancer treatment please call 0800 656 9606 or you can get a quote for prostate cancer treatment via the BMI Healthcare website.
You can also finance the cost of your health care using the BMI Card. The BMI Card is a unique credit card that allows you to spread the cost of health care, allowing you or your family to benefit from treatment at your chosen BMI hospital at a time convenient to you. Find out about financing health care with BMI Healthcare.
BMI National Enquiry Centre
Unit1, Cameron Court
Tel: 0800 656 9606
Fax: 0141 882 6326
Web site: www.bmihealthcare.co.uk
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