World expert in robotic surgery operates at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital

Nikhil Vasdev and Dr Karel Decaestecker at Stevenage's Lister Hospital. Picture: East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Nikhil Vasdev and Dr Karel Decaestecker at Stevenage's Lister Hospital. Picture: East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

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A world expert in robotic bladder cancer surgery has shared his skills and expertise with the urology team at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital.

Dr Karel Decaestecker, a top urologist at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium, was at Lister to work with East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust consultant Nikhil Vasdev and his urology team.

They performed two cystectomies and advanced urinary reconstruction techniques robotically on bladder cancer patients.

Dr Decaestecker has performed more than 500 robotic procedures, mostly on those with bladder cancer.

He said afterwards: “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 added “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.”

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