Transperineal biopsy of the prostate under local anaesthetic

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What is a Prostate?The Prostate is an organ forming part of the male reproductive system. It is located immediately below the bladder and just in front of the bowel. The back of your prostate presses against your rectum (back passage) and the front of your prostate surrounds your urethra (the tube that carries urine from your bladder and out through …

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Nephrostomy tube

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What is a Nephrostomy tube? It is a drainage tube which is directly placed into the kidney through your skin. This tube is placed using highest practice standards under radiology or X-ray guidance. The tube will then be attached to a drainage bag outside the body. Why do I need this procedure? This tube is placed if you have a …

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Having a urodynamic examination

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What is Urodynamics? Urodynamics is a test used to give us more detailed information about your bladder, it is designed to assess bladder function which will help us to decide the best treatment for you. The test will usually be performed by a Nurse Specialist or a Urologist. During the test, you will be positioned comfortably on a couch and …

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Cystoscopy and crushing of a bladder stone (litholapaxy)

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What is the evidence base for this information? This publication includes advice from consensus panels, the British Association of Urological Surgeons, the Department of Health and evidence-based sources. It is, therefore, a reflection of best urological practice in the UK. It is intended to supplement any advice you may already have been given by your GP or other healthcare professionals. …

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Laparoscopic removal of the adrenal gland

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What is the adrenal gland? The adrenal glands are two small organs which sit on top of your kidneys. Their main role is to produce and release hormones into the body. These hormones include ones that control blood pressure, sex hormones, regulate metabolism and contribute to the immune system function. What is Laparoscopic removal of the adrenal gland? Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy …

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Post nephrectomy

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Introduction This leaflet has been designed to help you to recover following a nephrectomy (kidney removal). Wound Care Your wound (also called your incision sites) will be covered with film dressings. Your nurse will change these before you go home and advise you on how long to leave them on. This will normally be for a further 3 days. Once …

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Dietary advice for stone formers urology leaflet

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How much do I need to drink? Drinking enough fluid is the most important way of preventing stone formation and reduces your risk of stone formation by almost one third (30-40%). Not drinking enough fluid causes your urine to become concentrated and makes stones more likely to form. Try to drink two to three litres (four to six pints) of …

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Having a testicular (varicocele) embolisation

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What is a Varicocele? A varicocele is an abnormality of the veins that take blood away from the testicle. A series of one way valves in the vein prevent the reverse flow of blood back to the testicles. These one way valves sometimes fail, and the reverse flow of blood stretches and enlarges the tiny veins around the testicle which …

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Flow rate test

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What do I need to do before I arrive for the flow rate test?You can eat and drink as normal before you arrive for the test. Your bladder should be comfortably full for the test. If you are unable to travel with a full bladder then you can drink in the department to fill up your bladder. You can arrive …

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