RETIRED MATH TEACHER BEATS PROSTATE CANCER AFTER UNDERGOING ROBOTIC SURGERY
Jackson South Community Hospital is among three hospitals in Florida to obtain the new da Vinci® Xi Surgical System
Dunn successfully underwent a robotic prostatectomy at Jackson South. During the procedure, Dr. Razdan used two techniques, the human amniotic membrane procedure and the modified maximal urethral length preservation (MULP), which helps early return of urinary continence.
Normally, men experience bladder weakness following prostate cancer surgery, and regain bladder control within six to 12 months.
“With the MULP technique, patients at the Urology Center of Excellence at Jackson South have successfully regained control of their bladder in a matter of days,” said Dr. Razdan, who pioneered and perfected the MULP technique, and had his findings published in the prestigious Journal of Endourology in August 2014.
Dunn also became the first patient at Jackson South to undergo robotic surgery with the hospital’s new da Vinci® Xi Surgical System, which was launched in April 2014. The da Vinci Xi offers advanced features over its predecessor, the original da Vinci System. It includes wristed instruments, intuitive motion and an ergonomic design. Most notably, it enables 3D-HD visualization, which helps surgeons perform surgical procedures with a magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient.
As Dunn continues his recovery, he is looking forward to traveling and playing golf. He also plans to continue volunteering for Relay for Life – but now, as a cancer survivor.
“With everything I’ve been through in the last couple of months,” he said, “I’ve earned that purple shirt and will be wearing it at the next Relay for Life.”