Here are patient's reflections about their experiences of having a robotic prostatectomy surgery.
I had been having difficulty with my prostate for 10 years and eventually, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After a lot of research and decision making, I turned to Ingolf Tuerk, MD, PhD, chief of Urology and director of the Robotic Assisted Surgery Program at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. There is no question in my mind that Dr. Tuerk was without question the absolute best choice I could have made to be the lead physician in having my prostate removed.
Dr. Tuerk is an extraordinary physician having all of the qualities that you would want in a person who has your life in his hands. He is knowledgeable, experienced, motivated and patient centered as well as being in control, giving you top priority and following up with all of your needs. He was the right choice for me and I give him and “Team Tuerk” my highest recommendation because in fact they were an extraordinary team that worked together to get me where I am today.
When John H., 65, needed surgery for his prostate cancer, he became his own advocate, researching physicians in the Boston area and interviewing nearly a dozen before deciding to seek his care with Dr. Tuerk. While he found that some physicians seemed to shy away from such patient self advocacy, Dr. Tuerk welcomed it.
“We spent almost an hour talking in our first meeting. He gave me a lot of information,” John said. He and his physician also bonded over the German language, the native tongue of his physician, a little of which he speaks.
Last fall, John was diagnosed with prostate cancer after it was discovered that his PSA, or prostate specific antigen levels, had reached a point where action was required to treat his disease. While researching physicians, he also researched his surgical options, deciding to undergo robotic surgery at St. Elizabeth’s for a procedure called a radical prostatectomy performed by Dr. Tuerk. He now has a clean bill of health and is back at work full-time, maintaining a demanding travel schedule for his job as an executive and feeling well.
A first-time patient at St. Elizabeth’s John says he was impressed at each encounter he had a patient.
“They got everything right,” he said.
When I received my prostate cancer diagnosis in March 2009, I was very shocked and it was a hard pill for me to swallow. Before deciding to undergo robotic prostate cancer surgery, I did a lot of research and read that a larger percentage of people were going this route. My ulcerative colitis prevented me from going through radiation therapy. This is when my PCP suggested that I meet Dr. Tuerk. As soon as I met Dr. Tuerk, my mind was made up. His great bedside manner and confidence made me feel more assured of the process.
My results were phenomenal. My operation was on a Monday and I went home on Tuesday. I took it easy on Wednesday and made it back to work on Thursday. Thanks to robotic prostate cancer surgery I was able to get back on my feet in no time and I would absolutely recommend Dr. Tuerk, and his excellent team, to any of my friends and family.
My wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2004, so when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2009, we both thought, “Oh no, not again.” My cousin and one of my co-workers had a robotic-assisted procedure done for their treatment and were both former patients of Dr. Tuerk. They highly recommended him and the procedure. I did more research on “robotic prostate cancer surgery” and liked that it was less invasive and that the recovery time was much shorter.
I am very happy with the results. I recovered quickly and was right back on my feet after the surgery. Everything is working as it should. My wife is an nurse and she absolutely praises the procedure and Dr. Tuerk. My experience at St. Elizabeth's was first class all the way.
I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2009. I had PSA testings done three times and the results were very high. When I was given the diagnosis I was not as shocked because of the high PSAs. Although I was not surprised to find out that I had prostate cancer, it did not lessen the fear and anxiety that my wife and I experienced. My primary care physician recommended that I get my prostate removed considering my young age and my high weight. He recommended me to Dr. Tuerk who made a great first impression with his high confidence level.
My operation went great and my wife and I were very happy with the results. Dr. Tuerk was a fantastic surgeon and I did not expect to have such great results and a quick recovery time. I thought that I would end up being incontinent but after the surgery, everything is working as it should. My wife and I are extremely happy and pleased that we decided to do the robotic prostate surgery and see Dr. Tuerk.