To recognize the disease at hand and possible treatment methods, to resolve any doubts that the patient may have and to make the patient feel more comfortable with their surroundings. This is the objective of the counseling service proposed by the Urology team and directed by Prof. Giorgio Guazzoni. The counseling service is dedicated to patients who are candidates for prostatectomy and it was opened successfully on April 1st.
What is the counseling service for patients who are candidates for prostatectomy?
On April 1st, Humanitas successfully opened a counseling service for patients who are candidates for robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (surgery to remove the entire prostate gland). “The goal – explains Prof. Guazzoni – is to offer the patient a place where any doubts they may have can be resolved. A month before undergoing the procedure, patients are invited to an informational meeting with surgeons, nurses and two other individuals who will play a role after the surgery. These two individuals include a rehabilitator for the pelvic floor and an andrologist for male sexual function. The patient must be aware of two issues that might arise after the surgery. These include urinary incontinence and decreased sexual function.”
How were the first few counseling sessions held?
The first counseling session was attended by 12 patients, accompanied by their partners and the session in May was just as successful. Dr. Gian Luigi Taverna and Dr. Nicolo Buffi (urologists) showed the characteristics and peculiarities associated with robot assisted prostatectomy. Dr. Luisa Pasini, along with Diego Zizzi and Maria Fantacci (two nurses of the same team) devoted their time to explain the practical aspects of the operation (“from the insertion of the catheter all the way to the choice of pajamas, following the preoperative hair removal stage”). Dr. Massimo Lazzeri introduced Monica Pesenti, a physical therapist, who explained the rehabilitation phase (with pelvic exercises) following the operation. Dr. Mauro Seveso intervened and gave an andrological point of view on the matter. Furthermore, one patient who had already undergone prostatectomy spoke about his experience at Humanitas. The day ended with a speech dedicated to the public: “The convivial atmosphere presented during these sessions – explains Prof. Guazzoni – helps break down the barriers that still characterize the relationship between doctor and patient. The aim of the counseling service –concludes the professor – is to provide the patient with quality care even before they enter the hospital, resolve any doubts they may have and make them feel closer to the medical team in charge of their case.”
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