“I would like to share this story hoping it will help others. I remember my father in 1998 lying in Hope Hospice telling me to make sure I get a regular PSA. At the age of 67, he passed away from prostate cancer and at that time I was 43 years old. I took my father’s advice and had my PSA checked. I did have a low PSA level, however it increased as time went on. Then at the age of 54, my PSA level hit the top awareness number of 4.0. I was taking Avodart plus Flomax when my PSA was 2.0, but when taking Avodart your number has to be doubled which made mine 4.0. My regular urologist suggested a prostate biopsy which turned out to be positive for prostate cancer.
The biopsy was a twelve needle biopsy in which two needles came back positive with a Gleason Score of 6 + 6. My regular urologist suggested I have a bone scan to make sure the cancer had not spread out of the prostate. Thank God and with my Dad’s prior advice it has not spread. I caught it in time. My urologist then wanted to speak with my wife and I about our different options. After a 45 minute conference, we came to the conclusion that Robotic Surgery was the way to go.
The urologist referred me to Dr. David K. Ornstein. During the first week of December 2009, I had my consultation with Dr. Ornstein. From the moment we met, I felt I was in great hands. He truly cares about his patients and wants to help them. While looking over my chart, he assured me that my cancer level was low but he was very confident that I was a perfect candidate for Robotic Surgery. Dr. Ornstein was up-front about everything. He let me know that after the surgery I would have a catheter for seven (7) days. During recovery after the surgery, I would probably have to wear small pads in my underwear for approximately (1) month after the catheter was removed. Of course, he explained that each individual is different. I am a healthy individual who enjoys golfing and fishing. I also work out with weights at the gym along with a cardio program. After surgery, I was on the treadmill (10) days later along with lifting very light weights. I took things very easy for a few weeks.