"To my obvious surprise after the catheter was removed, I was immediately and completely continent. As for erectile dysfunction, I can happily say it's all good!"
I have been a business owner and professional in the health care industry for over 35 years and enjoy a broad knowledge of operating room services. My profession has provided me with a strong emphasis in the areas of neurosurgical, ophthalmic, cardiovascular and orthopedic surgery. However, I didn't have a clue about urology. Briefly, my journey began in July 2007. I had no symptoms, but a routine test revealed an elevated PSA of 4.2. A biopsy followed and cancer was found. I researched and read as many published clinical papers as I could find on prostate cancer treatments. I next contacted Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the da Vinci surgical system, and spoke with their product manager and director of marketing who corroborated and reinforced everything I had heard about Dr. Patel. I contacted Medtronics Corporation, a company that worked with the da Vinci arm in cardiovascular surgery, and there, too, I heard glorious things about Dr. Patel. Finally, I spoke with a few of his patients. That was most beneficial because they confirmed what everyone else had been telling me. The surgery took place on January 3, 2008. I was walking the halls three hours afterwards in the recovery room. By noon the following day, I was discharged from the hospital and allowed to spend a few days resting at home.
Florida Hospital Celebration Health is unlike any other hospital that I've experienced in all my years in business. Everyone who worked as part of Dr. Patel's team and as hospital support staff was competent and friendly. I was delighted by my experience during the few hours I spent in the hospital at Florida Hospital Celebration Health. I went back to see Dr. Patel on January 9 to have the catheter removed and learned that the cancer was completely contained and the margins were clear. I was cancer-free. My prayers and those of my family and friends had been answered. I was so relieved and happy. To make the day complete, and to my obvious surprise after the catheter was removed, I was and am still, completely continent. As for erectile dysfunction, at 10 weeks after surgery, there were signs and promise that I would soon be back to my old self. As I write this in November 2008, I can happily say it's all good! I owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Patel and his wonderful staff and to the caring professionals at Florida Hospital Celebration Health. I will always be thankful for their genuine care, expertise, affirmation and encouragement. There is no question in my mind that robotic prostate surgery as performed by Dr. Patel and his staff is the best singular way to achieve positive results without guess work or complications. There is no doubt in my mind that having Dr. Patel perform the surgery was one of the best decisions that I have made in my life. Please visit Ralph's Website