Former NFL Player Todd McMillon’s Prostate Cancer Surgery Experience

Todd McMillon talks about his prostate cancer surgery experience

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 2.22.08 PMTodd McMillon was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 39.

Knowing that he had a family history and undergoing regular screening is what saved his life.

After his diagnosis, he chose to undergo robotic surgery. His experience was positive.

For more on Todd’s prostate cancer surgery experience, watch the video below:

Todd McMillon:  During my consultation when I was first diagnosed with prostate cancer and we sat now with Dr. Brito, my wife and I.  He gave me a couple of options.  First one was the surgery to prostatectomy with the Da Vinci robotic surgery that was an option or the old school manual surgery what actually going there and they cut you below your belly button that was another option.  He also gave me an option of doing the beads the implants.  Other ones, I didn’t qualify for because I was so young to have prostate cancer. 

It was deemed aggressive and so he thought that the best treatment for me would be a full prostatectomy, so what he explained to me what the Da Vinci is that they would come in with eight incisions.  It’s almost like if you had a scope done in your knee, a little small pinprick.  He would be in a corner of the operating room underneath almost like a little some type of machine and he would control the robot.  It’s kind of awkward.  I think I am upside down. 

There is certain way that you are tilted when they do this surgery and so once again they came in eight incisions across my stomach and actually you can see them, but I have a little incision here and one there and you could see I am come across my stomach using the robotic surgery.  He ensured that me that was one of the best way he could preserve my nerves because doctor doesn’t do a good job, then you might loose some function. 

The surgery was supposed to be two and a half hours and actually it ended being an hour and a half which was awesome.  Recovery time wasn’t too bad.  I was in the hospital for a day and a half.  I probably about three or four hours after my surgery, I started to walk.  I mean they give you morphine and they give all that stuff and I was like I don’t need that just give me Tylenol and let me get to walking in the hospital and so I have a walk my around, trying to break up the gas, and on top of that I had a catheter in that was probably the most painful of at all was that catheter surgery was fine, but the catheter for 10 days after the surgery was probably one of the toughest things I had to do.

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