John

United States

For several years I was monitored by my urologist, having had an enlarged prostate, slow stream, high grade pin, negative P.S.A.’s and biopsies. In October 2009 the results of my P.S.A.’s had rapidly increased from 5.7 to 7. Another biopsy was performed. My urologist informed my family and me that my Gleason score was 7 and two of the slides revealed that cancer was present. To confirm the cancer was contained to the prostate, a radiological abdomen and bone scan was performed. It came back negative.

We had a consultation with the urologist to discuss my options for treatments. Because of my age of 74, some of the options were not to my liking.

Options:
1 – was to “wait and see”
2 – surgery
3 – radiation
4 – implantation of seeds

My urologist then referred me to Dr. David Samadi, Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital,specializing in urological oncology, robotic surgery, and development of the Da Vinci technique. He had performed over 1500 surgeries successfully. I had several medical doctors and staff recommend him. I felt confident and optimistic.

When I met this soft spoken, smiling, prestigious gentleman with a lot of confidence I felt comfortable. We discussed my age and the cancer being contained. We decided surgery was the best option.

On March 25th 2010 my surgery was performed at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Surgery lasted 100 minutes. After recovery I returned to Eleven West where I booked a private room. It was a private floor for surgery with special nursery. I would recommend it to anyone having surgery.

Dr. Samadi came to talk to my wife, my daughter, and me. He told us the prostate was huge, the cancer was contained to the prostate, and there were no complications. A few hours later I was walking the halls, I had no pain, no clots, no blood loss, just the annoying Foley catheter. The next morning I was released from the hospital and went home. The following morning, with the small catheter strapped to my leg, I was in town walking and talking to friends.

One week later, Helen, Dr. Samadi’s nurse, took the catheter out, what a relief. After six weeks I was back to my regular routine; heavy lifting, strenuous activities, etc., each day getting better and on my way to full recovery. I can’t express enough thanks to Dr. Samadi for his exceptional skills and for
operating on me, for I believe in my heart no other surgeon would have. I would like to thank Dr. Samadi’s surgical, hospital and office staff for patience,
wonderful care and compassion, and for helping my family and me through this entire experience.

It has also made us aware of the fragility of life and the consequences we face. If you are a candidate, go to the best for treatment. I know I did. My last
P.S.A. was 0.

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