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B E R K S H I R E
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TEL: 0118 920 7040
1 0 H A R L E Y S T R E E T
M A R Y L E B O N E
L O N D O N
W 1 G 9 P F
GMC number: 4717308
Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, BM;
Doctorate of Medicine, DM;
Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, FRCS(Urol)
British Association of Urological Surgeons, BAUS
Areas of Expertise include:
Bladder Cancer (detection, surgical management & surveillance)
Robotic Surgery (including the latest techniques for continence preservation, erectile nerve sparing, major pelvic cancer removal, extended BPLND, intracorporeal reconstruction and neobladder formation)
Multiparametric MRI of the Prostate and avoidance of unnecessary transrectal biopsy
Visual Registration / Fusion Targeted mpMRI enhanced targeted prostate biopsies
Robotic Surgery & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Urological Reconstruction including robotic neobladder formation (one of only a few surgeons in the UK to be able to perform this complex operation completely robotically using an intracorporeal technique)
Real-time, live mapping accurately targeted Prostate Brachytherapy
Urological Cancers / Uro-Oncology
Diseases of the Prostate & Bladder
Haematuria (Visible or Non-Visible)
Any general problems related to Penis / Scrotum
Elevated PSA / Prostate Cancer diagnosis & treatment
Infective & Inflammatory Conditions of the Bladder and Prostate
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, BPH
Lower Urinary Tract (Waterworks) Symptoms, LUTS
BBC South Report on the Berkshire Robotic Centre July 2017 - Featuring Mr PJS Charlesworth, Mr A Jones and Dr C Edge
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays & some Saturdays (Robotic Surgery performed at The Royal Berkshire Hospital & Princess Grace Hospital, London)
Maxine Pearson 0118 920 7040
After surgical training in the NHS & Military hospitals on the South Coast of the UK, Mr Philip Charlesworth went to the University of Oxford in 2004 to begin a post-graduate degree in the Molecular Genetics of Urological Malignancies, at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford.
In 2007 Mr Philip Charlesworth initiated his Specialist Surgical training in Urology & Uro-Oncology within the hospitals of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire & Oxfordshire. The final years of specialist training were concentrated on robotic surgery, minimally invasive surgery & open surgery for major urological cancers and subsequent surgical reconstruction.
In 2012, Mr Philip Charlesworth was awarded a British Urological Foundation Robotic Preceptorship with Professor Indebir Gill and his robotic surgical team at the University of Southern California Institute of Urology, Los Angeles, California, USA. Professor Inderbir Gill is arguably one of the greatest minimally invasive surgeons in the world. Mr Philip Charlesworth also has experience working with the robotic surgical teams of Guy's & St Thomas Hospitals, London, Regina Elena Hospital, National Cancer Institute, Rome, Italy, and Harlev University Hospital, Copenhagen.
Mr Philip Charlesworth was appointed as a substantive Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in 2012, and joined the Reading Urology Partnership in 2013. Over this time he has established himself as one of the leaders in pelvic uro-oncology (major prostate & bladder cancer) in the region.
Mr Charlesworth has performed approximately 500 complex robotic major pelvic uro-oncological cancer operations in the past few years, and is ranked as one of the highest volume surgeons according to nationally published statistics.
Bladder Cancer & Robotic Surgery
In April 2014 he became the lead for major pelvic cancer operations for patients in Berkshire and South Oxfordshire, serving a population of 1.1 million people. He now heads the Berkshire Cystectomy Team, and has pioneered a number of exciting developments in bladder cancer surgery, leading to big improvements in patient care, and novel approaches in the subsequent reconstruction to improve functional outcome for his patients following major pelvic cancer surgery.
The biggest development has been the introduction of robotic surgery. Mr Charlesworth now routinely performs these complex operations entirely using the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, including bowel reconstruction and new bladder formation, and is one of only a handful of Surgeons in the UK to acheive this. He has been guided by one of the most skillful and experienced robotic Surgeons in the world, Professor Magnus Annerstedt from the famous Institute of Karolinska, Sweden. A centre of international excellence.
Professor Annerstedt has visited Mr Philip Charlesworth on numerous occasions to proctor and oversee the introduction of this new complex surgery. Within the first few years of its introduction Mr Philip Charlesworth has already demonstrated a dramatic reduction in operative blood loss, length of hospital stay, major complication rates and mortality rates.
Furthermore Mr Philip Charlesworth has developed his robotic surgical technique for robotic radical prostatectomy with graded erectile nerve sparing according to the teaching of Professor Vip Patel, Global Robotics Institute, Florida, USA. Professor Vip Patel has now performed approximately 10,000 robotic radical prostatectomies and has established himself as the highest volume robotic surgeon in the world and the pioneer of the most successful nerve sparing and erection preserving surgeon in the world.
In 2017 Mr Charlesworth modified and evolved his technique for Robotic Radical prostatectomy and now routine performs all of his prostate cancer operations using the Retzius Sparing approach. This has demonstrated a dramatic improvement in early recovery of urinary continence. A recent analysis of 150 of these type of operation using this technique show Mr Charlesworth's patients are recovering their continence within a few days to a few weeks following surgery (80%), and 99% of Mr Charlesworth's patients have recovered their continence within 6 months. This has seen a dramatic improvement in his patients quality of lives.
Testimonial from Mr JG - Patient of Mr Charlesworth's:
"I had the misfortune to be diagnosed with prostate cancer during a routine health check. However it was my good fortune to be referred to Mr Philip Charlesworth. After further diagnosis by him I had a retzius sparing robotic radical prostatectomy on 24 July 2017.
Inevitably I had a number of concerns as various friends and a brother have recently had differing treatments for prostate cancer. These concerns proved totally unfounded. My recovery from surgery was rapid; I left hospital within 24 hours experiencing no pain whatsoever; after my catheter was removed I have had no leakage and indeed no further problems in that area.
Apart from the quality of treatment, I have been hugely impressed by Mr Charlesworth’s approach which is professional, positive and hugely supportive.
Indeed the whole process has been made so stress free and comfortable that sometimes I find it hard to believe that I have undergone some serious surgery! Thank you. "
Multiparametric MRI for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis:
Mr Philip Charlesworth has specialist interest in the diagnosis of prostate cancer, particularly with the novel advancement of specialist MRI scans of the prostate (multiparametric MRIs, mpMRI).
He has worked closely with his colleague Mr Adam Jones and the specialist uro-radiologists of Berkshire to develop this emerging and exciting technology of imaging the prostate. PSA is well known as unreliable as a diagnostic test on its own. Instead of using just PSA (or its derivitives) to justify an invasive trans-rectal biopsy, Mr Charlesworth uses the emerging technology of mpMRI to exclude Prostate Cancer and avoid many unecessary and dangerous prostate biopsies.
Furthermore if an abnormality is detected on the mpMRI, Mr Charlesworth has available the latest technology and expertise to target any abnormal areas within the prostate, in his purposefully designed private consulting rooms at
Mr Philip Charlesworth's clinics offer a comprehensive diagnostic and investigative service for any general urology problems, or specific uro-oncological complaints / concerns. Please contact his private secretary to make arrangements for a consultation.