World expert in robotic surgery operates at the Lister

Dr Karel Decaestecker, a world expert in robotic bladder cancer surgery, visited the Lister last week to share his skills and expertise with Trust consultant Nikhil Vasdev and the urology team. Together they performed two cystectomies and advanced urinary reconstruction techniques robotically on bladder cancer patients.

Dr Decaestecker is the head of clinic for the department of urology at Ghent University hospital in Belgium. In 2012, he became a fellow for the European Board of Urology and has performed over 500 robotic procedures, mostly on bladder cancer patients.

Above from left to right: Mr Vasdev and Dr Karel Decaestecker

Reflecting on the visit, Dr Decaestecker said:

“Both surgeries went very well and the patients have returned home already after a quick recovery. It was a great experience and I look forward to further collaboration in the future.”

Mr Vasdev said:

“It was a pleasure to work with Dr Decaestecker and we will continue to work closely on a robotic surgery research project at the Lister, which is looking at using specialised blood tests to further improve post-operative recovery in patients undergoing robotic surgery.

“We are one of the only hospitals in the country that offers urinary diversion using advanced robotic techniques. This technique benefits patients greatly, as it reduces blood loss during surgery and allows for shorter recovery times.”