Mr Ben Challacombe

Mr Ben Challacombe

BSc MS, FRCS (Urol)

Urology

21 years of experience
10 years as a specialist

Overall Rating

Overall
4.85
Bedside Manner
4.69
Explanation
4.85

Top feedback

“Very happy with my experience - I felt I was in the safest hands possible “
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Subspecialties

  • Benign Prostatic Enlargement
  • 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: £300

    Follow-up appointment: £160

    Practices worked at

    HCA UK at The Shard

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

    The Prostate Centre

    18 Devonshire Street, London, United Kingdom, W1G 7AQ
    76 reviews

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 2PR
    655 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

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    Medical procedures

    • Robotic Prostatectomy
    • Kidney Cancer
    • Laparoscopic Nephrectomy
    • Robotic assisted Partial Nephrectomy
    • Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP)
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    Special interests

    • Malignant and benign prostate disease
    • Robotic laparoscopic prostatectomy
    • Robotic partial nephrectomy
    • Pyeloplasty
    • Minimally invasive urological procedures
    • HoLEP (laser prostate surgery)
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    Education

    BSc MS

    FRCS (Urol)

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    Reviews

    4.8 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    Explanation
    Bedside Manner
    Benign Prostatic Enlargement
    2/13
    Robotic Surgery
    2/13
    Urology
    2/13
    Brachytherapy
    1/13
    Circumcision
    1/13
    Treatment of BHP by HOLEP.
    1/13
    Urological Oncology
    1/13
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Urological Oncology
    Very happy with my experience - I felt I was in the safest hands possible
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Circumcision
    Ben is thoughtful and kind. He explains the most delicate things with sensitivity and the right level of detail for a non-medical professional to understand the issue and treatment pathway. The operation went as planned and healing as per expectation thanks Ben, you made the unpalatable, very very manageable
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (4/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Robotic Surgery
    Thorough, honest, informative, approachable, kind.
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    Overall
    (4/5)
    Explanation
    (4/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (3/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Benign Prostatic Enlargement
    Telephone conversation Overall good However I prefer face to face
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Urology
    Mr Challacombe helped my husband during the lockdown and was very encouraging and caring.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Robotic Surgery
    Very professional and easy to understand the explanation regarding my procedure
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Urology Benign Prostatic Enlargement
    With a wealth of experience, and a good listener, Mr Challacombe was able to provide a sound diagnosis and explain it in laymen’s terms. He has provided an effective treatment, as well as provide other palliative guidance and comforting advice to enable further self-management for imporoved comfort and overall the best outcome.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Treatment of BHP by HOLEP.
    Mr Challacombe has clearly demonstrated to me from my personal experience under his care that I was being being treated by the most outstanding urologist anywhere. From my experience, I would give Mr Challacombe the highest rating possible in every respect. I feel that I have without question, received the best care and treatment possible. Starting from my very first conversation with Mr Challacombe , his dedication to providing me with the best care possible was apparent to me as was obvious during his performance of my HOLEP procedure - during which I was fully awake for the two hour procedure - and the personal follow-up care received from him. Throughout my experience, Mr Challacombe has always made himself readily available at all times. He has always made me feel that I was getting his best attention possible. As a result, I am now experiencing a much higher quality of life for which I am most appreciative and grateful to Mr Challacombe. I would not hesitate for one split second to most highly recommend Mr Challacombe. I very much appreciate this opportunity for me to say so. Thank you.
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    Overall
    (4/5)
    Explanation
    (4/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (4/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Brachytherapy
    A surgeon at the top of his game.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Helpful, caring and clearf
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Mr Challacombe answered all of my questions and gave me reassurance
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Very nice doctor
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Very nice doctor
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