One of my core philosophies when it comes to treating patients is to entirely custom tailor their experience with me to cover their needs. When stepping into my office you become a member of our family here at Mt. Sinai, and the level of care you’ll receive reflects that dedication. This is done in a number of ways, before, during, and even after surgery – it’s a bond that never ends.
I feel that this sets me apart from other doctors who all too often feel cold. While your physical health is what they’re dedicated to addressing, they don’t address your needs as an individual; a person who has questions and fears and needs answers and support. My staff and I make sure that we’re available to provide this throughout a patient’s whole treatment process.
When it comes to the actual surgical process I handle things in a way very few doctors can claim. It’s very typical for a surgeon to perform just the major parts of the robotic prostatectomy operation, opting to have their surgical team perform the more minor aspects that don’t require as much technical skill and know-how. This is the antithesis of personal care; a doctor who shows up, does a job, and leaves for the next operating room. This is not how I treat my patients. In each case I do, I perform the entire procedure from the beginning to the end. Of course my surgical team assists, but at no point are they left to perform surgery on one of my patients. When dealing with something as serious as prostate cancer, along with my desire to provide the best possible outcome for my patients, there is no way I can justify handing parts of the surgery over to another person. It’s my obligation to see a patient through their treatment, and this is how I’ve decided to best meet the expectations that I have set for them.
After the procedure I meet my patients in recovery to further discuss any concerns they may have about follow-up care or side-effects, commonly with regard to regaining continence and sexual function. This can be a difficult discussion for men to have, and I feel my level of personal care throughout the entire process alleviates them of some of the stress and awkwardness associated with that.
My main focus is not just to cure my patients, but to provide each of them with the knowledge that they’ll be able to lead a long and fulfilling life after surgeryBlog