Monday, June 1, 2009

Update on Chad's Surgery

Chad with measles in 1963
Norda and I just got back from visiting Chad and Marie in the Intermountain Medical Center in SLC. He was alert and in good spirits but was also having some pain from the prostate surgery. He had an endoscopic robotic removal of his prostate (which uses small instruments inserted through the abdominal wall to accomplish the surgery rather than having to make an incision through the abdominal wall to get to the prostate) and according to the surgeon, who has done 3000 operations like this, everything went well. His assumption is that, because the nerves separated so well from the prostate, that the tumor hadn't spread but the final report from the pathologist won't be availabe for 2 or 3 more days. The surgeon asked Chad and Marie if it would be OK if he said a prayer before they left the room for surgery - very touching and, apparently, effective! Chad will most likely spend 2 or 3 nights in the hospital before he is released but, so far, everything looks good. If anything changes, we will put an update on the blog. Sorry, but no pictures are available yet so I have added something from the past just for fun.


  1. Dad, thanks for the update. We'll keep Chad in our prayers. I'm sure all of the sons of John W / brothers of Chad will watch his recovery closely and will be more attentive in getting our PSA checked regularly.

    Chad - Get well soon!

  2. Anyone who can make through a case of the Chicken Pox as bad as the one reflected in this picture, is definitely one who can easily recover from a "endoscopic robotic removal of the prostate."

    We'll definitely keep Chad in our prayers and for certain take Bob's "regular PSA checkup" recommendation more serious.