Pioneering training in robotic surgery

The Urology Foundation pioneered the introduction of robotic urological surgery though training, enabling its safe and swift adoption by the NHS, which has changed the face of urology cancer surgery.


The Urology Foundation-funded surgeons carried out the UK’s first robotic kidney transplants. This allows the donated kidney to be transplanted into the recipient using keyhole surgery, meaning a much smaller wound and faster recovery time.

Robotic surgery consultant Mr Ravi Barod, who carried out the procedure at the Royal Free, said:

“I am very excited about the programme going forward, not only to improve the experience of patients but because it also offers those who would not otherwise be eligible to have surgery, the chance of having a life-changing kidney transplant.

“None of this would have been possible without funding from TUF and I am so grateful to the charity.”


None of this would have been possible without funding from The Urology Foundation and I am so grateful to the charity.
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