“Peter saved my life,” says Mark, who received lifesaving robotic surgery from Midlands Urology’s Peter Cooke after being diagnosed with bladder cancer. After receiving the successful surgery, Mark has been able to get his life back and spend more time with his wife and children.
Mark had received many treatments for cancer. After being given the all-clear twice before, he was informed by doctors that he had bladder cancer again. Serious action was required as the cancer was growing fast, and Mark’s life was at risk. He was then referred to Peter who informed him that his bladder needed to be removed.
The two options, after having a consultation with Peter, were to have a stoma bag or to have a neobladder operation. Due to being only 44, the stoma bag was not seen as the best option and so Mark, after much discussion with Peter and his wife, opted for the neobladder operation.
Neobladder operations involve the original bladder being removed and a new bladder being created using tissue from the patient’s bowel. The operations are fairly new and can only be performed by robotic surgery – something which Peter Cooke specialises in. From pre-operation to over a year after, Peter and his team were always available to discuss any of Mark’s worries or questions.
Just eight hours after the operation, Mark was standing. Within just five days, he was out of hospital. Eleven weeks later he was back to work.
“It was incredible”, said Mark. The neobladder operation allowed him to get back to the gym, to work, to go away on holiday and to enjoy time with his wife and two children.
As a result of the successful operation, Mark has been able to get back to his normal life, thanks to Peter Cooke and his team.
“Choosing to have robotic surgery was the best decision I have ever made”, says Mark. You can read the full story on his amazing recovery here: https://www.theurologyfoundation.org/stories/435-mark-bladder-cancer-story.