Mr Christopher Anderson is a consultant Urological surgeon with a general Urological practise as well as a specialist interest in renal and prostate cancer. In his general Urological practise he manages a wide spectrum of conditions : urinary infections, voiding and bladder problems, enlarged prostates (BPH), haematuria (blood in urine), circumcision, fertility workup, vasectomy / reversal vasectomy and erectile dysfunction. He has particular expertise in minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgical approaches. Mr Anderson completed his undergraduate work at Stellenbosch and his postgraduate training in Cape Town, South Africa, before taking up a substantive consultant post at St George's Healthcare in 1999. He undertook fellowships to Cleveland, the University of Miami and Detroit in the United States before travelling to the University of Leipzig in Germany to further his training in both renal and prostate cancer surgery. Mr Anderson was one of the first to adopt laparoscopic techniques in urology surgery in the UK. In 2004 he introduced laparoscopic renal cryotherapy, also the first operation of its kind in the UK. He continued to develop this technique and has the largest series with long term follow-up in the country. He was an integral member of the team that pioneered robotic surgery in the UK, introducing the robotic surgery programme to St George's Healthcare in July 2008, and has successfully developed the service as lead robotic surgeon.
Mr Anderson successfully carried out a partial nephrectomy, removing a 5 cm tumour on 22nd July. The operation went very well. This type of keyhole surgery has left me with minimal scarring and my recovery time was very short. Throughout the process he has kept myself and family well informed and has been most reassuring. I cannot thank him enough.
Have rated 5 stars in all three categories. Main reason was that he listened and gave me time on first visit. He also removed a lot of the layman's 'mystery' with explanations and diagrams. I am very grateful for his understanding and his treatment. Thanks
Chris Anderson listened attentively to my concerns and responded thoughtfully and authoritatively to my questions, both specific and general. On a couple of points, he illustrated his answers with reference to diagrams or photographs. He showed me the results of my tests and explained his observations with reference to my CT scan, which we viewed together. His observations, advice, his explanation of his approach - blood test, renal CT and DSMA scans, biopsy and rationale for his diagnosis - were consistent with the comments of his colleagues, notably Steve Nguyen, Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT Manager and Radiologist, Dr Das and with the research material I had read (American Cancer Society, Amercian Society of Clinical Oncology, Indian Journal of Radiology and Imaging, University of Florida College of Medicine Department of Urology, as well as Chris Anderson's website). This was enormously helpful and made me feel part of the investigation process. In particular, I wanted to know why a biopsy was proposed when, although research suggested this was prudent (and it seemed logical), Chris Anderson's website said it could provide misleading information. Steve Nguyen said that each tissue sample was extremely small and it was prudent to take a number of these from the tumour to ensure that a representative sample had been acquired. Hence I fully understood the rationale for what seemed a lengthy and uncomfortable procedure when Chris Anderson subsequently told me that Dr Das had taken five samples. It also seemed clear that each specialist involved shared a common perspective on my treatment and appeared accustomed to working together. This was very reassuring throughout a worrying and stressful process.
Following my diagnosis, Mr Anderson and his team kept me informed about the surgery and explained exactly what would be happening. Following the surgery, the after care was faultless. I spent 3 days in hospital and was visited at least twice by Mr Anderson who put my mind at rest and answered any queries I raised. I am forever grateful to Mr Anderson and his team. And whilst I have further follow up appointments for the next 5 years I have no worries. Thank you Mr Anderson.