Lakewood Ranch, FL
When I found out the diagnosis I was quite surprised. The Urologist that did the biopsy felt I just
had an enlarged prostate. I was lucky, however, in that it was caught very early and the cancer was
My decision was already made, with regard to the Robotic surgery, because my brother had already
had it with Dr. Patel and as a result I was fully aware of the various options open to me. My
experience with Dr. Patel and his staff was excellent. I was fully informed of everything that was
going to happen and they put me at ease, as much as possible, under the circumstances.
They spent a fair amount of time answering my questions and were extremely professional in all
aspects. The day of the surgery was kind of surreal. I knew what I had to do and just did it. Meeting
with his staff in the morning and not having to fill out forms was great. Everyone at the hospital
was friendly and tried to put me at ease as much as possible. Everything went as smoothly as I had
The day after surgery, I felt pretty good. I really had no pain and was quite comfortable. The
hospital staff was wonderful. The week that followed was not the most pleasant. The catheter is a
real drag and quite depressing. I was in no pain however, and except with a bout of constipation,
everything went smoothly. I can’t say that the experience totally changed my life, but you do think
of your mortality more then before.
Some of my main concerns with respect to continence and sexual function were without merit. I
have not had a problem with either. To be totally honest, I never did the Kegel exercises and didn’t
take any Viagra and still was functioning fine within a week or so of the catheter being removed. I
have friends that have had prostate surgery and have had numerous problems. I feel that it was
the skill of Dr. Patel that was so instrumental in preserving these vital functions. He is quite
talented and I certainly feel he was a great choice.
I would highly recommend Dr. Patel and if I had to have the procedure now, knowing what I do, he
is the only Dr. that I would even consider. I know why his reputation is as good as it is.