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Surgery success for bladder cancer patient

A bladder cancer patient treated at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield has become the first person in West Yorkshire to undergo a laparoscopic cystectomy with bladder reconstruction without the disease returning.


Mr Philip Hirst (60) from Wakefield, underwent a laparoscopic cystectomy with bladder reconstruction two years ago at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield as treatment for bladder cancer,


Mr Hirst was offered less invasive keyhole surgery to remove the bladder as an alternative to conventional (open) surgery.


The procedure was carried out under general anaesthesia by Mr Weston and Mr Dooldeniya. The procedure Mr Hirst underwent, involved removing the bladder using special instruments that are inserted through small cuts in the wall of the abdomen.  

 Once the bladder was removed the tubes carrying the urine from the kidneys were plumbed into a newly constructed (orthotopic) bladder. This allowed an improved cosmetic result as Mr Hirst was able to pass water normally, without the need for a stoma.


Mr Hirst from Wakefield, said “I can’t describe how thankful I am to Mr Dooldeniya and the staff involved in my treatment at Pinderfields Hospital.  The team were not only professional but caring and kind at all times, and their care was excellent. Following my surgery I was back at work 12 weeks later and after six months my life was almost normal again. The scars from my surgery are now almost vanished.”


Mr Hirst’s Consultant - Mr Dooldeniya, Consultant Urological Surgeon, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said; “We are very pleased with Mr Hirst’s progress and are delighted to see he is making a full recovery. The surgery Mr Hirst underwent was the least invasive option and required much less recovery time than open surgery.”

At present, this type of surgery is not offered at most Hospitals in Yorkshire, making Pinderfields Hospital unique in its acute surgery offering.