Prostate Cancer Diagnosis, Da Vinci Surgery & Post Op Prostatectomy

Within a short period of time, fate steered me in the direction of Dr. Gholami. I was immediately impressed by the fact that he had more experience with the Da Vinci Robotic method than the Urologist who biopsied me, who also was an excellent physician. For me, surgery seemed to be the best way to go and I was convinced that Dr. Gholami was the best surgeon for the job. What also impressed me were his professionalism and his availability to address my numerous concerns and questions pre and post op.

Graig P., surgery performed in 2010

Dr. Gholami Best Prostatectomy Surgeon
I have to confess that even with my family history, I did not get my PSA checked on a regular basis and I did not start when I was 40 years old, as I should have. Four years prior to my prostate cancer diagnosis at 54, I had only had it checked twice. I initially went to another urologist who biopsied me and gave me the ominous news one week later that I had prostate cancer. The month following the diagnosis was not easy for me as I was slowly coming to terms with the fact that I had cancer. I was wondering about all of the possibilities, what would I do about it, would I see my daughter and son graduate from High School, what if the cancer spread after the initial treatment, what then? I recalled how some of the treatments affected my father’s late diagnosis and watching him die of the cancer in spite of the treatments.

Within a short period of time, fate steered me in the direction of Dr. Gholami. I was immediately impressed by the fact that he had more experience with the Da Vinci Robotic method than the Urologist who biopsied me, who also was an excellent physician. For me, surgery seemed to be the best way to go and I was convinced that Dr. Gholami was the best surgeon for the job. What also impressed me were his professionalism and his availability to address my numerous concerns and questions pre and post op. I really appreciate his willingness to be available to answer my questions via email. Additionally, his staff was also available and helpful. In particular, Lynn, one of the nurses, frequently discussed my concerns and questions-both she and Dr. Gholami were always reassuring and helpful. Kristi Leer, P.A. and Dr. Gholami’s surgical assistant came to the hospital the day following surgery to speak to me about post op dos and don’ts. She was also very reassuring while she took the time to discuss these issues and what to expect in the days and weeks following the surgery. Also, the staff at El Camino Hospital deserves to be commended. The staff I interacted with during my one-week pre op and the day of the surgery was stellar.

12 days after the surgery, my catheter was removed and I received the glorious news from Dr. Gholami that I was cancer-free. I was walking on air. Nothing compares to the feeling of receiving such good news following the days and weeks of uncertainty while I was coping with the cancer in me.

One month after the surgery I am healing fine. The incontinence is improving slowly and I have adjusted to it for the most part and have learned to accept it always having the attitude that it will get better.

Now I no longer have to wonder whether or not I will live long enough to see my son and daughter graduate from High School and go on to college. I am counting on enjoying many more years of life that lie ahead of me. Thank you Dr. Gholami for giving me a new lease on life. You are a stellar physician and surgeon.

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