Roger B., High Tech Exec, retired
I spent a lot of time investigating the myriad of possibilities for treating prostate cancer. The robotic laparoscopic procedure looked to offer not only the best possibility of eliminating the cancer, but also, given post operative pathological analysis and PSA tests, could offer more definitive evidence that the mission was accomplished. The possibility of long term side effects from the surgery was a concern but paled in comparison to having a high probability of totally eliminating the cancer and having a “cure”.
The key question for me was: how do I find a great surgeon to do the job? Fortunately I was introduced to Dr. Gholami. His reputation, considerable experience and success at the leading edge of prostate surgery, along with his straight forward confident demeanor, convinced me he was the one for the job. Dr. Gholami went through the treatment options with me and confirmed my feeling that the da Vinci laparoscopic procedure was the best choice for my case. He made a statement something like: “Have the surgery, get this behind you, and get on with your life. The primary objective is to get rid of the cancer, this is the best way to do it, and any post surgery side effects can be dealt with.”
I had surgery and it was extremely successful. The cancer was confined to the prostate, the pathology report showed negative surgical margins, and my 3 month follow up PSA reading was “zero”. Discomfort from surgery was minimal and only lasted a couple of days. I started taking long walks and chipping golf balls within a week, and was lifting weights, golfing and running again within 6 weeks of surgery.