Here in Nottingham, Mr Harriss Consultant Urological Surgeon has been performing micro-surgical vasectomy reversals since 1998 in the private sector. As they are no longer available on the NHS, this specialist surgery is only performed privately but as not all those who perform vasectomy reversals in the UK are surgeons, we wanted to explain why it is important to know about Consultants and why you should only ever consider this surgery with a Consultant Urologist.

Who is Mr Harriss, Consultant Urological Surgeon?

duncan harriss consultant urological surgeonYou may have come across Mr Harriss’s name in forums and groups online. Hopefully, you will have heard positive things about him and learnt that he is a specialist in his field.

Mr Duncan Harriss qualified as a doctor in 1986 at Guy’s Hospital London.

He obtained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons  (FRCS) in 1990.

A research fellowship led to the award of a DM from the University of Nottingham in 1994.

In 1996, he qualified with the FRCS in Urology (FRCS (Urol)). He is the leading surgeon in the UK with this qualification, who is performing a high number of successful vasectomy reversals.

He was an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons (London) for the FRCS (Urol) specialist examination for many years.

He is a member of the specialist register held at the GMC and a member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons. The British Association of Urological Surgeons was founded in 1945 and exists to promote the highest standards of practice in urology, for the benefit of patients, by encouraging education, research and clinical excellence.

Currently, Mr Harriss is the senior Consultant Urological Surgeon at Nottingham City Hospital, part of the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. This is important as due to the re-validation process, he is constantly assessed for safe surgical practice.

Mr Harriss has specialised in performing micro-surgical vasectomy reversals, outside the NHS, since 1998. Every year more and more people have come to him for their reversal as his results have continued to improve over time and people wanted to maximise their chances. Over time, less and less  funding has been available to pay for people to have a vasectomy reversal on the NHS so therefore they have turned to the private sector for what they need. Mr Harriss only performs micro-surgical vasectomy reversals privately, in his own time.

Research recently conducted by the British Association of Urological Surgeons found that 75% of those surgeons who responded performed 15 or less vasectomy reversals each year.

Mr Harriss performs around 10-15 every week. Sometimes more.

Some perspective on Mr Harriss’s experience

There are 1,295 Urological Surgeons in the UK in comparison to there being 63,897 doctors listed on the GP register. A Consultant Urological Surgeon deals with all conditions of the male and female urological system so from the kidneys, through the bladder – out. There is a specific pathway of training to ensure skill, knowledge and appropriate patient care. A surgeon cannot practice unless they have met minimal standards in regular appraisal of their surgery and outcomes on the NHS. Mr Harriss’s last appraisal was in June 2017. A qualified male surgeon, an individual who has passed the rigorous surgical training exams has the right to call themselves “Mr” or for women, “Miss” or “Mrs”. This is a nod to way back in time when surgeons originated from barbers.

Questions to Ask

So if you have found this page and are comparing Duncan Harriss with somebody else, please ask yourself the following questions:

1. where is evidence of their surgical qualifications? They should be clearly available for all to see.

2. to double check, are they are “Mister” or a “Doctor”? If they are a doctor, they will NOT be a qualified surgeon.

3. are their results published – double check this as often other results are quoted?

4. what number of micro-surgical vasectomy reversals do they perform a year?

5. what feedback is there from people who have visited the clinic before you?

We will always do our best to help you. Mr Harriss will do his best surgery by you.

If you have any questions, please contact us below:

Phone Us on 0115 837 0300 (days) or 0800 559 3922 (evenings & weekends).

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