How to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse After Your Prostatectomy

How to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse After Your Prostatectomy
According to the National Cancer Institute, nearly half of all men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the U.S. choose surgery. A study published in the journal Research and Reports in Urology found that the rate of prostatectomy-related regret increases over time, with up to 47 percent of men reporting regret five years after surgery. My favorite article about regretting prostate surgery is titled, "I Want My Prostate Back." I suspect most men who've had prostate surgery can relate to the following paragraph from that article: "Now, almost 2 years later, I'm not going to say, 'thank god they caught it in time ... I'm so blessed, each new morning is a miracle...Blah blah blah blah.' No, what I'm thinking is more along the lines of: I want my prostate back." I've spent some time wishing I had my prostate back. Did you? Multiple reasons explain why a significant number of men who choose robotic surgery experience buyer's remorse. The first source of buyer's remorse comes from believing exaggerated and unsubstantiated claims. A 2011 study by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that 164 hospital robot-surgery websites surveyed “overestimate benefits, largely ignore risks and are strongly influenced by the manufacturer.” A second source of buyer's remorse comes from miscommunication between the surgeon and the patient about regaining urinary control. When a surgeon states that more than 90 percent of his patients regain urinary control, what are they saying and what's left out? Some surgeons define urinary control as using one pad a day. Others say living without a pad is regaining urinary control. What the patient hears is that his pre-surgery level of urinary control will return. What's left out of the discussion is the issue of leaki
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  1. Van says:

    DR ROEHRBORN ADVISED PROSTRATE SURGERY AND STATED URINARY CONTROL WOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM.. CONTROL WOULD RETURN AFTER SURGERY HEALING.. READING THIS ARTICLE I AM WORRIED AND WHAT IS ANOTHER ROUTE FOR STAGE 4 SURGERY IS SCHEDULED FOREND OF OCTOBER.

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