Prostatectomy surgery testimonial – Stewart Roswell

“The operation was ‘plain sailing’ and I received excellent aftercare. Looking back, the stress beforehand, particularly when first diagnosed, was the hardest thing to come to terms with.”
Stewart Roswell, nerve-sparing prostatectomy patient

Stewart Roswell from Kenilworth explains why he chose a nerve-sparing prostatectomy after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004.

“When you are diagnosed with cancer, it is a huge shock – your whole world collapses. I remember sitting in the car park at Warwick Hospital feeling devastated.

“My doctor recommended Mr Doherty and I found him very reassuring as he explained the options to me. I read about the different treatments on the internet and discussed them with a relative who had experienced a prostatectomy.

“Looking at the advantages and disadvantages, my wife and I chose nerve-sparring prostatectomy, which was carried out as open surgery at the time.

“The main priority was getting rid of the cancer but I was also concerned about bladder control and being able to resume a normal sex life once I had recovered from the operation.

“From a male perspective I was worried about being able to carry on a normal lifestyle both at work and at home. After much research and discussion I believed that open surgery would give me the best opportunity to achieve this..

“Mr Doherty explained that the nerves around the prostate which control the bladder and erections are as fine as hairs and nerve-sparing surgery required a high level of precision.

“By the time I had the operation in January 2005, most of my worries had gone because I felt I was in very capable hands and confident all would be well. I had the operation on Thursday morning, started walking by Sunday and was back at home on Monday.

“In fact, the operation was ‘plain sailing’ and I received excellent aftercare. Looking back, the stress beforehand, particularly when first diagnosed, was the hardest thing to come to terms with.

“The results after the operation showed that they had caught the cancer just in time. It was quite an aggressive form, but it was caught early.

“It took approximately one month to achieve full bladder control and six months to return to a near normal sex life with the help of Cialis tablets.

“Since the operation I have had regular blood tests and consultations with Mr Doherty and I am very pleased to have PSA levels at the lowest values the equipment can measure.”