About this briefing

About this briefing

Medtech innovation briefings summarise the published evidence and information available for individual medical technologies. The briefings provide information to aid local decision-making by clinicians, managers and procurement professionals.

Medtech innovation briefings aim to present information and critically review the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant evidence, but contain no recommendations and are not formal NICE guidance.

Development of this briefing

This briefing was developed for NICE by Cedar. The interim process and methods statement sets out the process NICE uses to select topics, and how the briefings are developed, quality-assured and approved for publication.

Project team


Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme, NICE

Peer reviewers and contributors

  • Mrs Kathleen Withers, Researcher, Cedar

  • Dr Helen Morgan, Information Specialist, Cedar

  • Dr James Evans, Researcher, Cedar

  • Dr Alistair Ray, Researcher, Cedar

  • Dr Judith White, Researcher, Cedar

  • Dr Grace Carolan-Rees, Director, Cedar

Specialist commentators

The following specialist commentators provided comments on a draft of this briefing:

  • Mr Hashim Hashim, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Southmead Hospital, Bristol

  • Professor Christopher Chapple, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield

  • Mr Angus MacCormick, Urology Speciality Nurse, Musgrove Park Hospital, Somerset

  • Professor Mark Emberton, Consultant Urological Surgeon, University College London Hospitals, London

Declarations of interest

Christopher Chapple has acted as: a consultant, speaker and trial participant for Allergan, Astellas, Medtronic and Recordati; a consultant and speaker for Lilly; and a speaker for Ranbaxy. He has also acted as a trial participant and speaker for ONO and Pfizer.


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ISBN: 978-1-4731-1927-7