"RALP (Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy)"

About: Southmead Hospital

The pre-op was comprehensive. Although 59 this was my first time ever in hospital so in at the deep-end for a nerve-sparing RALP!

It was a bit of a shock to be wide awake as I entered the cold op theatre and mounted "the slab" for the epidural but soon I was out of it and awoke without pain.

I had a pleasant room to myself and the post-op care was excellent.

No pain - just tired and ravenously hungry!

Everything healed well but what I called "my pipes" (the catheter) became tiresome although after just a fortnight I wasback on my motorbike and after 6 wks was back to my pre-op condition. A little incontinence to start with but "things" below seemed to work fairly normally. The surgeon and their team completed an excellent op - well done and thanks.

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Response from Southmead Hospital

Dear Mr Richards – thank you for taking the time and trouble to share the story of your acquaintance with RALP!

RALP (Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy) ensures a level of surgical accuracy that would be very difficult for a surgeon to duplicate by hand. I was therefore very glad to hear that under the guidance of the surgeons RALP performed well and his support staff in theatre and on the ward provided you with excellent care.

I am sure those patients who are also waiting to meet RALF will be reassured to learn of your full recovery and that RALP helped ensure the procedure was pain free despite your initial anxiety.

I have shared your story and thanks with RALF and his team to provide “more power to his robotic elbow”.

Kind regards – Steve Sykes

Advice and Complaints Team

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