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Cutting-edge or over-hyped? Evaluating the role of robotic surgery in the management of renal cell carcinoma

The quest for a minimally-invasive approach to major abdominal surgery finds its roots at the start of the previous century, when Georg Kelling first described the technique of ‘ceolioscopy’ to inspect intraabdominal organs in 1901 [1]. Since those early days,...

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(Not very) clean intermittent self catheterisation

In a small room near the operating theatre of the London Hospital sometime in the 1880’s, a surgeon slips off his outdoor frock coat. From his pocket he pulls a silver curved catheter, spits on it and nonchalantly passes it...

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Non-urothelial bladder malignancies

Case 1 An 80-year-old gentleman presented with a history of visible haematuria and recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs). He has been performing intermittent self catheterisation (ISC) for detrusor underactivity for over 20 years. A flexible cystoscopy showed these appearances of...

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Hail the Portfolio Pathway!

In the United Kingdom, the pursuit of a surgical career traditionally follows a conventional pathway, primarily through the completion of specialty programmes accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons or the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme (ISCP). However, for doctors with...

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Post radical nephrectomy presenting with skull metastasis

We present the case of an 83-year-old female who underwent right radical nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Despite negative surgical margins, the patient presented with a skull metastasis six years post radical nephrectomy. This case highlights the importance of...

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Unlocking the potential of AI chatbots

The landscape of artificial intelligence (AI) is evolving rapidly, and one of its most exciting domains is large language models (LLMs) powering AI chatbots. These models hold immense potential to transform how we interact with technology, offering personalised assistance in...

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