Entries by MarkWilson

Great British Menu 2018

“There are no robots in that kitchen”… “Maybe one day.”

The Great British Menu 2018 is almost certainly not the most obvious place to look for a urologist specialising in robotic surgery but, despite his huge workload Chris Ogden was able to make an appearance on the judges panel on the BBC programme the Great British Menu.

Programme Name: Great British Menu - TX: n/a - Episode: Finals Week - Fish Course (No. Finals Week - Fish Course) - Picture Shows: Oliver Peyton, Chris Ogden, Andi Oliver, Matthew Fort - (C) Optomen TV - Photographer: Andrew Hayes-Watkins - © BBC

Raising awareness for prostate cancer and robotic surgery, Chris Ogden was invited as a guest judge in this year’s fish final. The winners of this year’s competition receive the honour of cooking for the heroes of the NHS at the banquet.

Great British Menu 2018 - Act Fast & Watch Below

The episode is available to watch on BBC iPlayer until mid-November 

A revolutionary pioneer of robotic surgery specialising in prostate cancer and the     the most prolific prostate robotic surgeon at London’s Royal Marsden”, Chris Ogden discussed the evolvement of prostate cancer surgery and in particular the use of the da Vinci robotic device “which was initially researched and pioneered by NASA and enhances the use of key hole instruments which are manipulated remotely through a console which the surgeon sits [at] to carry out the procedure.”

He continues on how this safe, successful surgery has “empowered [men] to be diagnosed and treated early and therefore the outcomes are much better for men.”

For more information on robotic surgery and prostate cancer please visit our website www.roboticprostatesurgery.co.uk

great british menu 2018

Programme Name: Great British Menu - TX: n/a - Episode: Finals Week - Fish Course (No. Finals Week - Fish Course) - Picture Shows: Chris Ogden, Oliver Peyton, Andi Oliver, Matthew Fort - (C) Optomen TV - Photographer: Andrew Hayes-Watkins - © BBC

"It depends how special the chef is"

Ellis Barrie, representing the North West, scored a perfect 4 "tens". Each of the four judges found his food to be faultless and clearly worthy of inclusion in the banquet.

Before the dish was served, Matthew Fort posed a question about Ellis's dish:

"Chris, is mackerel special enough for a banquet?"  

Chris's response "It depends how special the chef is!" turned out to be a great prophecy.

Ellis was duly selected as the winner of the fish course final. The quality of his cooking was outstanding but most importantly the way his "Bun In The Oven" met the brief of the competition was also greatly admired.

Bun In The Oven

Steamed squid ink bun, torched mackerel, dill emulsion, shallot variations and cashew crunch served with mackerel tartare and kohlrabi tagliatelle, buttermilk and horseradish dressing, dill oil

In summary although the dish sounds simple enough take a look at the full ingredients and method here to understand how complex this creation really is.

Chris Ogden at the Great British Menu 2018

Programme Name: Great British Menu - TX: n/a - Episode: Finals Week - Fish Course (No. Finals Week - Fish Course) - Picture Shows: Chris Ogden - (C) Optomen TV - Photographer: Andrew Hayes-Watkins - © BBC

Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Prostate Cancer Symptoms – Three Signs You Should Never Ignore

Are you worried that something may not be quite right?

Prostate cancer symptoms usually develop slowly over time but there are early signs that the size of your prostate is increasing and putting pressure on the bladder and urethra and affecting how you urinate.

The three symptoms you may notice:
1.  increased frequency to urinate,
2.  difficulty or straining to urinate and
3.  incomplete bladder emptying or a feeling after urinating that your bladder is not empty.
Another common symptom is increased nocturia, the need to get up during the night to urinate and a weak flow.  An enlarged prostate can be an entirely benign condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and does not increase your risk of getting prostate cancer but if you are suddenly presenting these symptoms it is worth a visit to your urologist for a prostate examination.
Simple lifestyle changes can help with BPH such as reducing your alcohol intake, limiting intake of artificial sweeteners, exercising regularly and drinking less in the evening.  For severe symptoms a urologist can prescribe you medication that will reduce the size of your prostate gland and help relax the bladder.  Surgery is only recommended for those that fail to respond to medication.

It is important not to delay getting checked out - it may be nothing to worry about at all and seeking early reassurance will reduce your stress levels. And if there is something that requires further investigation the sooner you talk to a specialist who will provide an expert opinion, the higher the chances of successful treatment. In many instances, surgery is not appropriate but delays in diagnosis could potentially reduce the option of alternative treatment.

Book an appointment today to see one of our London Urologists and see NHS prostate cancer webpage for more information. 

Medical Robots – Are They The Future?

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