Mr Ben Challacombe

Mr Ben Challacombe

BSc MS, FRCS (Urol)

Urology

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1 specialist

22 years of experience
11 years as a specialist

Overall Rating

Overall Experience

4.94

Bedside Manner

4.88

Explanation

4.94

Top feedback

“Patient professional and explained everything carefully“
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Subspecialties

  • Benign Prostatic Enlargement
  • General Urology
  • Urological Oncology
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 4542580
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £330

    Follow-up appointment: £160

    Practices worked at

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 2PR
    1768 reviews

    HCA UK at The Shard

    St Thomas Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9BS
    1531 reviews

    About

    Ben is a consultant urological surgeon with a special interest in the minimally invasive treatments of prostatic diseases. He is the Guy’s & St Thomas’ MDM urological cancer and clinical robotics lead, a UK robotic surgery mentor and robotic fellowship director. He trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, The Royal Marsden Hospital and with Professor Tony Costello at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he was awarded the prestigious Rowan Nicks Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is currently the British Association of Urology (BAUS) Oncology Section Chairman and in 2019 will be awarded the BAUS Golden Cystoscope for contributions to British urology within 10 years of consultant appointment.

    He has learnt both laparoscopic and robotic surgical approaches and performed the first randomised trial of telerobotics between Guy’s and Johns Hopkins Hospitals, in 2002. This formed part of his Master of Surgery thesis on robotic surgery and telemedicine. Ben is associate editor of the BJUI, with over 230 peer-reviewed publications, 3 books, and 25 book chapters on minimally invasive and robotic urological techniques.

    He has performed over 1000 robotic radical prostatectomies and over 1100 robotic upper tract procedures including 560 robotic partial nephrectomies and also performs holmium laser prostatectomy (HoLEP) with an experience of over 900 cases. He has also helped to develop both the robotic cystectomy and robotic partial nephrectomy programmes at Guy’s Hospital and is the highest volume surgeon for both robotic partial nephrectomy and upper tract robotics in the UK. His current research interests are in robotic surgery training, trans-perineal template biopsy techniques, active surveillance of low risk prostate cancer, sentinel node techniques and haptic probe development in robotic surgery.

    Ben is a Trustee of The Urology Foundation Charity, for whom he regularly lectures, and is fortunate to have a very supportive surgical wife and three energetic boys


    Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

    • Robotic Prostatectomy
    • Kidney Cancer
    • Laparoscopic Nephrectomy
    • Robotic assisted Partial Nephrectomy
    • Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP)
    • Malignant and benign prostate disease
    • Robotic laparoscopic prostatectomy
    • Robotic partial nephrectomy
    • Pyeloplasty
    • Minimally invasive urological procedures
    • HoLEP (laser prostate surgery)
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    Procedures

    • Robotic Surgery
    • Prostate Cancer
    • Robotic Nephrectomy (Partial)
    • Prostatectomy (Robotic)
    • Robotic Pyeloplasty
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    Special interests

    • Prostate Cancer
    • Urological Cancers
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    Education

    BSc MS

    FRCS (Urol)

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    Reviews

    4.92 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    4.94
    Bedside Manner
    4.88
    Explanation
    4.94
    Robotic Surgery
    9/32
    Benign Prostatic Enlargement
    8/32
    Prostate Cancer
    3/32
    Prostate Cancer
    3/32
    Robotic Nephrectomy (Partial)
    3/32
    General Urology
    2/32
    Urology
    2/32
    Urological Oncology
    1/32
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    Patient seen for:
    Patient professional and explained everything carefully
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    (5/5)
    Have been a client for some time; Ben has consistently provide balanced and sensible advice, and appropriate testing and treatments when required.
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    I cannot speak too highly of Ben Challacombe, his expertise, his manner and personality inspire confidence. In my experience he is the best consultant I have seen in any field of expertise.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Meet Mr Challacombe about my condition (prostate cancer) he explained everything to me and my wife about procedures I can have, after prostate cancer was diagnosed. I have great faith in him and his team and am very grateful for his and his teams dedication and care.
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    (5/5)
    Excellent and efficient exoerience
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    Overall Experience
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    (5/5)
    Highly professional and very personable. Concise, efficient and clear in explaining my condition and potential treatment options.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    With Ben We meet in person on the day of the biopsia and since then he has been very helpful explaining the process until the surgery came. Surgery was yesterday and today I’m going back home. Everything went well and I fill fine. Great work Ben and team. Thanks
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    I believe that Mr Challacombe is one of the best surgeons in his field, especially with the 'robotic' type of surgery. He gave me full confidence in his ability to treat me to the best of his ability.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Very professional, knowledgeable, and pleasant to deal with
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    See earlier comments
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    Other Reviews

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 1 doctor for:
    1

    Urology

    Mr Greg Shaw
    Mr Greg Shaw
    Urology

    24-09-2021

    Ben is an excellent urologist with a wide ranging practice specialising in prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia and kidney cancer. He takes great care to ensure his patients receive the best possible care and achieves excellent surgical results.

    For specialty: Urology
    For conditions: Prostate Cancer, Blood in Urine (Haematuria), Urological Cancers
    For procedures: Video Consultation, Robotic Surgery, Robotic Pyeloplasty, Orchidectomy, Prostate Cancer
    Connection: Is a colleague

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