It was by very good fortune that I was referred to Manchester Urology with a PSA, which was marginally raised from its cruising level. The clinical (Prof. Pearce), MR, bone scan and ultrasound-guided biopsy tasks (Mr Burke) were all performed very smoothly, to reveal a T3a cancer.
A radical robotic prostatectomy was performed by Mr Brough. The whole experience was unbelievably smooth and comfortable, thanks not only to the surgical expertise, but also a superb anaesthetic (Dr Yuill), from which I awoke without any ill-effects whatever. I was discharged the following morning, sporting a catheter and anti-clotting injectables, neither of which were a problem. The nursing care at Stepping Hill was exemplary.
Immediately after the catheter was removed after 10 days, I had good urinary flow and control, thanks to Mr Brough's experience and surgical expertise. There was a useful counselling group session a few days later, again at Stepping Hill.
As it happened, the post-op PSA crept up slightly after a few months. A timely referral for radiotherapy (Dr Logue) has reduced the PSA to undetectable levels. Within the Manchester Urology group there is a reassuring degree of subspecialisation, such that each task is performed by an appropriately experienced expert. Any queries along the way are answered promptly and effectively. From my experience, this model could not have been bettered.