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"Robotic Surgery Patient is Amazed by Short Recovery Time"

Toledo, Ohio - Ken D. underwent a prostatectomy with Mirza Baig, MD, and the da Vinci Surgical Robot at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center and reported being amazed and very pleased by how quickly he bounced back after the procedure.

When I had my annual physical this spring, my PSA count had jumped, so my primary care physician (PCP) set me up with Dr. Baig, Ken said. He did an exam and then a biopsy and diagnosed me with prostate cancer. He explained all of my options, including robotic surgery. I consulted with my PCP and some others, and everyone felt, myself included, that even though I am in my 70s, I am in generally good health and have some years left in me, so we thought it would be best to get the cancer out. I decided to go ahead with the prostatectomy with da Vinci, with the understanding that if I had a recurrence later I could always follow-up with radiation at that time.

When Ken was admitted to St. Vs, he said the OR staff did an excellent job of preparing him for surgery.

They explained that the surgery would require five little incisions for the insertion of the instruments, and that I would be somewhat upside down for the procedure, Ken said. The being upside down part was a bit scary to me, as it had some potential risks, which they explained to me. I went into the OR and was in surgery for about five hours. I felt very confident that Dr. Baig was adept at using the machine. I told him to be as aggressive as he needed to be to get the cancer out, regardless of the potential side effects such as incontinence and impotence. He took a progressive approach and went until he had good margins.

Ken said he had observed friends and family members go through and recover from traditional prostatectomies years ago and was very happy that he was able to have the procedure done robotically.

They were in the hospital for weeks, whereas I only had to spend one night, he said. I felt very lucky that we were able to accomplish what we did with so much less pain and recovery time. And, while I was at St. Vs only briefly, I was very happy with the care I got there. Everyone was very helpful and kind and made my stay as pleasant as possible.

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