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Francesco Cappellano, MD – Urologist

Dr. Francesco Cappellano
Dr. Francesco Cappellano

Consultant Urology and Neurourology, Urodynamics

FEBU (Fellow of European Board of Urology)

Dr. Cappellano received his Medical Degree and Board of Urology with honours from Naples University (Italy). He completed his clinical and surgical training in Urology and Neurourology at University of California San Francisco (USA), AZM Maastricht University (NL) and Policlinique du Park Rambot – Aix en Provence (FRA).

Fellow of European Board of Urology since 1998 and Professor of Urology and Neurourology at Verona University (Italy). Visiting professor at Milano University (Italy) and King Abdulaziz University (KSA).

Head of Neurourology and Functional Urology in Milano for 17 years (Multimedica Clinic and Scientific Research Institute) and then in Abu Dhabi (Nation Hospital – Medical University of Vienna International). In his career, he gained wide experience and skills covering all fields of open and endoscopic urologic surgery and Urogynaecology.Diagnostics is part of his experience including Doppler US and simple/ invasive urodynamics procedures.

His main interest is in Neurourology field, dealing with functional Urology, urinary and faecal incontinence, chronic pelvic pain and urological dysfunctions related to neurological diseases involving the urinary tract. During his career, he performed more than 800 permanent implants of sacral roots and pudendal nerve neuromodulators. He has been one of the pioneers of neuromodulation in Europe, performing his first implant in 1994 and teaching neuromodulation to more than 100 physicians worldwide.

He also pioneered the posterior tibial nerve neuro stimulation (PTNS) in 1998.

He has been Treasurer of Italian Society of Urodynamics and served in this Society for 17 years as a member of the Board Committee.

He developed new techniques of peripheral pharmacological neuromodulation for chronic pelvic pain, utilising neurophysiology for peripheral nerve blocks.

Dr. Francesco is expert in diagnosis and therapy of urinary and faecal incontinence, chronic pelvic pain and erectile dysfunctions related to neurological and non-neurological diseases.

He is member of MIPS, EAU, ICS, SIUD and International Member of American Urologic Association.

Dr Cappellano authored more than 100 papers on National and International peer reviewed journals and 5 book chapters on Functional Urology and Neurourology. He has been Chairman and gave presentations in many International Congress worldwide. He won also 5 Prizes for the best original paper presentation in National and International congresses.

Frequently asked questions

What is a Urologist?

Urologists diagnose and treat diseases of the urinary tract in both men and women. They also diagnose and treat anything involving the reproductive tract in men.

Urinary Infection

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common infections that can affect the bladder, the kidneys and the tubes connected to them.

Anyone can get them, but they’re particularly common in women. Some women experience them regularly (called recurrent UTIs), UTIs can be painful and uncomfortable.

Symptoms of UTIs

Infections of the bladder (cystitis) or urethra (tube that carries urine out of the body) are known as lower UTIs. These can cause:

  • A need to pee more often than usual
  • Pain or discomfort when peeing
  • Sudden urges to pee
  • Feeling as though you’re unable to empty your bladder fully
  • Pain low down in your tummy
  • Urine that’s cloudy, foul-smelling or contains blood
  • Feeling generally unwell, achy and tired

What is Pelvic Pain?

Chronic pelvic pain is one of the most common medical problems among women. Twenty-five percent of women with CPP may spend 2-3 days in bed each month. More than half of the women with CPP must cut down on their daily activities 1 or more days a month and 90% have pain with intercourse (sex). Almost half of the women with CPP feel sad or depressed some of the time.

Despite all the pain CPP causes, doctors are often not able to find a reason or cure to help these women.

CPP is any pelvic pain that lasts for more than six months. Usually the problem, which originally caused the pain, has lessened or even gone away completely, but the pain continues.

Non-scapel Vasectomy

What is vasectomy?

Vasectomy is the procedure of choice for men who do not want to father any children (or any additional children). It is indicated for any fully informed man and can be carried out as an outpatient procedure. If the patient has previous scrotal surgery or has any other possible complicating factors (e.g. a needle phobia), the procedure can be carried out under a short general anaesthetic. The non-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) is an innovative approach to exposing the vas deferens tubes in the scrotum using two specialized surgical instruments. NSV, as compared to traditional incision technique, results in less bleeding and hematoma, less infection, and pain, and a shorter operative time.



  • Urinary and fecal incontinence (Incontinence)
  • Urinary retention
  • Pelvi-perineal dysfunctions: (obstructed urination and defecation, male Erectile Disfunction)
  • Chronic pelvic pain (CPP)
  • Interstitial Cystitis – Pain Bladder Syndrome (IC/PBS)
  • BPH
  • Urinary stones
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI)
  • Chronic prostatitis in male

Diagnostic Procedures

  • Multichannel urodynamic tests (uroflowmetry, cystometry, pressure/flow study, urethral pressure profile, US post voiding residual evaluation, pelvic floor EMG)
  • Diagnostic/operative flexible and rigid cystoscopy
  • Somato Sensorial Evoked Potentials (SSEPs) , pelvic floor EMG, sacral area reflexes (performed by neurophysiologist)
  • Rectal manometry (performed by coloproctologist)
  • ColorDoppler US for ED and infertility

Rehabilitation Therapy

  • Pelvic floor electrical stimulation (FES) and bio-feedback (BFB)
  • Posterior tibial neuro stimulation (PTNS) invasive and transcutaneous
  • Clean intermittent catheterization (CIC)
  • Trans cutaneous sacral and pudendal neurostimulation

Therapeutic Minimally Invasive Therapy

  • One day Surgery (circumcision, vasectomy, hydrocelectomy, varicocele, TURB, TURP, endoscopic lithotripsy of renal and bladder stones, penile surgery for erectile dysfunction)
  • Sacral roots neuromodulation for urinary and fecal incontinence, retention and CPP
  • Pudendal nerve neuromodulation for urinary and fecal incontinence, retention and CPP
  • Pudendal and obturator muscle nerve block for pharmacologic modulation of CPP
  • Pulsed radiofrequency of pudendal nerve for CPP
  • Intravesical instillation of drugs for Interstitial Cystitis


I have been suffering from Urological issues for almost 20 years. My diseases have Flores up & down without any specific cause. They arere chronic diseases and I have learnt to deal with them. But I was scared to come to UAE, since I was unsure I could find a specialist knowing my diseases. I had searched for a long time a doctor who could assist me. I was about to leave the country to ask for assistance in my home country when I met Prof. Francesco Cappellano. He treated thousand of patients in Italy, affected by the same issues. I wasn’t able to sit, to walk or to go to work any longer. When Prof. Cappellano started the treatment for my condition by using the international protocol, I have started living again thanks to him.

Ms. Rosita V.

I am very pleased to share my wonderful experience with Professor Francesco Cappellano and the Harley Street Medical Centre.

After months of trying various types of physiotherapy to alleviate chronic pelvic pain, I was referred to Professor Capellano by a doctor familiar with his reputation as a specialist in pelvic pain disorders. Thankfully, Professor Cappellano is one of the world’s authorities on my condition, pudendal neuralgia. He quickly diagnosed it and then structured a treatment plan. The two procedures I have undergone thus far have alleviated much of my pain, and I am hopeful that future treatments will yield further relief.

I am grateful to Professor Cappellano and his eminently qualified colleagues for their attentive care and kindness. Moreover, I remain impressed by the professionalism of the staff at Harley Street Medical Centre and the facilities of this welcoming clinic.

Deborah A.

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