Bernard_Vecerek_editAfter being diagnosed with prostate cancer, Vecerek was referred to Dr. Monish Aron, professor of Urology at the USC Institute of Urology. Four months following his robot-assisted prostatectomy at Keck Hospital of USC, Bernard Vecerek is almost back to his normal daily routine.

“I instantly felt comfortable with Dr. Aron and he took the time to thoroughly explain the surgery and answer my questions; I never felt rushed,” said Vecerek. “I then attended USC’s monthly Life After Prostate Cancer Surgery seminar and was so impressed with the institution that I decided this was the right place for my care.”

As in many cases, Vecerek had several concerns about having surgery. Continence and potency are always issues that need to be addressed prior to surgery. However, Vecerek is also very active and wanted to be sure surgery was the right option for his lifestyle.

“Being an active man in good physical shape, Bernard was very concerned about his quality of life following the surgery,” said Aron. “I assured him that we would do everything possible to get him back to his normal routine.”

Vecerek had tremendous outcomes and was very happy with his care at USC. He described Keck Hospital of USC as “comfortable with great rooms” and said the staff provided “outstanding service.”

Vecerek was off of the pain medication right away and his continence returned after one day. In addition, his sexual function returned within the first month following surgery and most importantly, Vecerek is now cancer free.

“I feel great,” said Vecerek. “Two months after the surgery, I was already biking 20 miles per day and playing tennis regularly.”