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DR NICK BURFITT BSc Hons MB BChir MRCS FRCR Interventional Radiology Consultant

ABOUT DR NICK BURFITT

Dr Nick Burfitt (BSc Hons MB BChir MRCS FRCR)  - Interventional and Diagnostic Radiology Consultant

Dr Nick Burfitt is an Interventional and Diagnostic Radiology Consultant at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London where he has been specialising in embolization and minimally invasive image-guided treatments since 2007.

Following school at Wimbledon College, Dr Burfitt completed a Biochemistry degree at Imperial College. After university he worked in the City on the LIFFE futures trading floor for Credit Lyonnaise Rouse.

During school and university Dr Burfitt had been keen rower, in 1988 he stopped work in the City to take up full-time training with the British Rowing Team, going on to compete at the Seoul and Barcelona Olympics.

During this break from work, Dr Burfitt decided on a change of career path and went on to study medicine, qualifying from Cambridge University in 1997.

After qualifying as a doctor, Dr Burfitt completed surgical training at St George's Hospital, then progressed to radiology training at St Marys Hospital, Paddington with an Interventional Radiology Fellowship at Charing Cross Hospital. He was appointed as a consultant in 2007 at Charing Cross, which is now part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

At Imperial he has focused on developing new services: Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE), deep venous stenting, renal tumour ablation, fenestrated EVAR and more recently MusculoSkeletal Embolization (MSKE) for chronic joint and tendon pain. This is in addition to the well established treatments of uterine fibroid embolization, varicocele embolization, treatment of pelvic congestion syndrome, minimally invasive procedures for vascular disease and urological interventions.

Dr Burfitt is one of the leading experts performing Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) in London and the UK. Following training in Lisbon, Portugal with the pioneer of PAE Professor João Pisco, Dr Burfitt started the PAE service at Imperial in 2015. As the primary operator at Imperial, he contributed cases to the Registry Of Prostate Embolization UK (ROPE-UK). The success of ROPE-UK led to NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) recognition of PAE in 2018 as one of the standard BPH treatments in the UK. In 2016 Dr Burfitt also performed the first robotic PAE in the UK.

MusculoSkeletal Embolization (MSKE) as treatment for chronic joint and tendon pain is an exciting new procedure being developed in Japan since 2009. In 2016 Dr Burfitt travelled to Tokyo for training with Dr Yuji Okuno, the originator of the technique and performed the first UK case in 2017. Working with his orthopaedic surgeon colleagues at Imperial, Dr Burfitt continues to develop this service for NHS and private patients.

At Imperial, Dr Burfitt works closely with the vascular surgeons in the treatment of complex aortic aneurysms with fenestrated EVAR. As a consequence of this expertise, Dr Burfitt has travelled widely teaching this technique to vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists throughout Europe, North and South America, also Australia and South Africa. He has published a number of peer-reviewed articles in this area and spoken at numerous international conferences on this subject.

Throughout his medical career, Dr Burfitt has focused on gaining expert training and experience to offer state-of-the-art, minimally invasive treatments to his patients. Understanding his patient's problems and concerns is of the utmost importance, Dr Burfitt prides himself on providing a full explanation of the treatment, the possible side effects and complications. This approach enables Dr Burfitt to tailor the treatment to the individual and provide an outstanding patient experience.

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Today I am ecstatic. After being catheterised for well over two years, yesterday at Charing Cross Hospital they removed my catheter for good. To my great delight I am able to pee normally and suffer no leakage, even though my bladder had not functioned for all that time. I was optimistic that PAE had worked to relieve pressure on my urethra but apprehensive about whether I would have any flow control at all after such a long time. I am astounded that things have apparently returned to normal function so quickly. Immense thanks to you and your team for your skill and dedication in carrying out the PAE procedure successfully and not adversely affecting any nearby sensitive areas. The relief of doing away with the catheter can hardly be imagined unless you have experienced it. I am now a firm believer in PAE. Thank you once again.

GG

Since the PAE at the end of April, I have found things to be vastly improved regarding my enlarged prostate. I no longer take any medication, I have no sense of urgency to go and urinate. If I do feel the need to go I can wait 20 or 30 minutes until I am home. Making a trip out in the car is now a straightforward proposition, previously it was carefully planned, no drink with breakfast, use the loo before leaving, and plan the journey with rest stops in mind. I now feel very much back to normal, which is a wonderful thing after many years of struggling when leaving the house. I cannot emphasise how much better my life has been since the PAE procedure. It was painless and there was no discomfort, I would recommend it to anybody in similar circumstances.

GB

Thanks again for all your help. The procedure was quite comfortable, I am pleased with the results and I am really grateful to you for accommodating my travel arrangements. I would always recommend you to potential patients, and indeed, my ankle consultant is considering the procedure for his father.

JK

...the results were excellent and I am sure as a result of your attention to detail in the procedure. The PAE process has been very good end to end, not having experienced the other treatment options it is hard to compare, but this has definitely worked very well for me with minimal pain and recovery period and has significantly improved my quality of life.

NC

Accordingly, I have to thank you again for the excellent job that you have done and your record of none of the after effects that you warned me about.

JT

I just want you to know that the painstaking work you did on me with your wonderful team have shown a noticeable and gratifying improvement in my condition, and I just want to acknowledge your skill and care and thank you most sincerely.

GA

Basically I am now well doing my usual activity thank you very much. Once again thank you doctor, it is highly appreciated.

DE

I wanted to let you know I am thrilled with outcome and to thank you very much indeed. As you will know the reduction indicated a 32 percentage and I can confirm my life has been satisfactorily transformed, consequently, Mr El-Husseiny has discharged me from his care. The outcome?Exceptional.

GM

After the full 3 months I now have a much stronger flow, I have not had an 'accident', I feel more confident as a person, no longer panic when going out and can hold my urine if required to.

SM

First of all I would like to thank you profusely for the wonderful work you did on 2nd October 2018. You have given me back my life and dignity. I stopped taking Tamsulosin tablets just before Christmas and all has been well. I asked you when we met which was if I could ever be able to write my name in the snow again. The answer is a resounding, yes! I am grateful.

MM

First let me say that I seem to be doing fine since the PAE procedure with only the expected discomforts that are quickly dissipating. I really want to say how impressed I was with Nick and his entire team at Imperial/St Mary's on the day, including the prep/recovery staff. It was a long day, but entirely professional, cutting edge, informative and caring throughout. This is world-class service, and you all should know just what you are accomplishing and providing, and how appreciated it is.

DJ

Thank you very much,both for authorising the PAE and carrying it out so superbly

JZ

Thank you for treating mum (DVT) and saving her from a potentially fatal situation. The gratitude is immense''

LS

I was greeted by Dr Burfitt and he explained the procedures to me, was very kind to me, all went very very well

JH

Dear Dr Burfitt, Just a small thank you for the great work you did on my leg. It feels great to walk without pain! Thanks God and bless you for your noble profession. With all my appreciation IJ

IJ

I am just writing to express my gratitude and thanks following the PAE performed on 15th July.. The planning , consent and execution of the procedure was meticulous and yourselves and your staff were thoughtful and filled me with confidence.

LG

what a Team! You were all so welcoming and pleasant whilst still being professional. The experience will stay with me for ever. Noting was too much trouble'

SD

You carried out a procedure (stent reconstruction of iliac veins) I would like to thank you and your entire team for your expertise and professionalism that you all showed during my time in your care. I very much appreciated the the pre-op chat, which calmed my nerves. The nurses also reassured me and I felt comfortable and safe in your hands. I am now back on my feet and back to work I feel like I have a new pair of legs - very light and pain free

RB

I just want you to know that the painstaking work you did on me with your wonderful team have shown a noticeable and gratifying improvement in my condition, and I just want to acknowledge your skill and care and thank you most sincerely.

GA

Since the PAE at the end of April, I have found things to be vastly improved regarding my enlarged prostate. I no longer take any medication, I have no sense of urgency to go and urinate. If I do feel the need to go I can wait 20 or 30 minutes until I am home. Making a trip out in the car is now a straightforward proposition, previously it was carefully planned, no drink with breakfast, use the loo before leaving, and plan the journey with rest stops in mind. I now feel very much back to normal, which is a wonderful thing after many years of struggling when leaving the house. I cannot emphasise how much better my life has been since the PAE procedure. It was painless and there was no discomfort, I would recommend it to anybody in similar circumstances.

GB

...the results were excellent and I am sure as a result of your attention to detail in the procedure. The PAE process has been very good end to end, not having experienced the other treatment options it is hard to compare, but this has definitely worked very well for me with minimal pain and recovery period and has significantly improved my quality of life.

NC

I was greeted by Dr Burfitt and he explained the procedures to me, was very kind to me, all went very very well

JH

First of all I would like to thank you profusely for the wonderful work you did on 2nd October 2018. You have given me back my life and dignity. I stopped taking Tamsulosin tablets just before Christmas and all has been well. I asked you when we met which was if I could ever be able to write my name in the snow again. The answer is a resounding, yes! I am grateful.

MM

what a Team! You were all so welcoming and pleasant whilst still being professional. The experience will stay with me for ever. Noting was too much trouble’

SD

Today I am ecstatic. After being catheterised for well over two years, yesterday at Charing Cross Hospital they removed my catheter for good. To my great delight I am able to pee normally and suffer no leakage, even though my bladder had not functioned for all that time. I was optimistic that PAE had worked to relieve pressure on my urethra but apprehensive about whether I would have any flow control at all after such a long time. I am astounded that things have apparently returned to normal function so quickly. Immense thanks to you and your team for your skill and dedication in carrying out the PAE procedure successfully and not adversely affecting any nearby sensitive areas. The relief of doing away with the catheter can hardly be imagined unless you have experienced it. I am now a firm believer in PAE. …

GG

You carried out a procedure (stent reconstruction of iliac veins) I would like to thank you and your entire team for your expertise and professionalism that you all showed during my time in your care. I very much appreciated the the pre-op chat, which calmed my nerves. The nurses also reassured me and I felt comfortable and safe in your hands. I am now back on my feet and back to work I feel like I have a new pair of legs – very light and pain free

RB

I am just writing to express my gratitude and thanks following the PAE performed on 15th July.. The planning , consent and execution of the procedure was meticulous and yourselves and your staff were thoughtful and filled me with confidence.

LG

I wanted to let you know I am thrilled with outcome and to thank you very much indeed. As you will know the reduction indicated a 32 percentage and I can confirm my life has been satisfactorily transformed, consequently, Mr El-Husseiny has discharged me from his care. The outcome?Exceptional.

GM

Thank you very much,both for authorising the PAE and carrying it out so superbly

JZ

Thanks again for all your help. The procedure was quite comfortable, I am pleased with the results and I am really grateful to you for accommodating my travel arrangements. I would always recommend you to potential patients, and indeed, my ankle consultant is considering the procedure for his father.

JK

Basically I am now well doing my usual activity thank you very much. Once again thank you doctor, it is highly appreciated.

DE

Dear Dr Burfitt, Just a small thank you for the great work you did on my leg. It feels great to walk without pain! Thanks God and bless you for your noble profession. With all my appreciation IJ

IJ

First let me say that I seem to be doing fine since the PAE procedure with only the expected discomforts that are quickly dissipating. I really want to say how impressed I was with Nick and his entire team at Imperial/St Mary's on the day, including the prep/recovery staff. It was a long day, but entirely professional, cutting edge, informative and caring throughout. This is world-class service, and you all should know just what you are accomplishing and providing, and how appreciated it is.

DJ

Accordingly, I have to thank you again for the excellent job that you have done and your record of none of the after effects that you warned me about.

JT

Thank you for treating mum (DVT) and saving her from a potentially fatal situation. The gratitude is immense’’

LS

After the full 3 months I now have a much stronger flow, I have not had an ‘accident’, I feel more confident as a person, no longer panic when going out and can hold my urine if required to.

SM