Prostatectomy Recovery: My live is literally the same today as it was before the procedure

In the summer of 2009 I learned that I had moderately aggressive prostate cancer. At that point the only thing I was sure of was that I wanted the cancer OUT

Tom Bennett

In the summer of 2009 I learned that I had moderately aggressive prostate cancer. At that point the only thing I was sure of was that I wanted the cancer OUT. I had never had a major surgery and now was diagnosed with cancer. I was, to put it mildly, scared stiff. I have repeated the sequence of events in my mind so many times it is almost second hand 7:00 am Wednesday went to operating room… 24 hours later I was walking in the hall and I went home. By Monday I was feeling pretty good. Less than one week after surgery I was working from home and moving around comfortably. About three weeks after surgery I was at work and noticed that my pee pads had been dry for a several days. I stopped using them after that. I never had a problem with continence overnight.

I’m sending you my story to share with your patients in hopes it will help someone overcome the fear that takes over after you find out you have cancer and that you need surgery. One year after surgery my PSA is less than 0.01 and I am 100% continent. Oh there are times when I pass gas or cough very hard that I dribble a little to be clear a few drops. The one thing that has amazed me the most is how my live is literally the same today as it was before the procedure.

No one could believe I was only off work one week, worked from home one week and then returned to my 10 hour days at work.

You deserve a big congratulations for getting all of the affected area out and for cleaning up behind yourself so my life continued as if nothing had been done.

I would recommend you and your robotic assistant Da Vinci to anyone requiring prostate surgery.

Thank you very much.
Tom Bennett

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