Patient Stories

Runner Competes in Marathon 3 Weeks After Robotic Prostate Surgery

If you want to discuss the benefits of robotic prostate surgery, you'll have to catch up with Paul Kuligowski, 52, of Washington Township. Just three weeks after his minimally invasive procedure, he was part of a relay team that competed in the recent Detroit Free Press Marathon.

His competitive running days go back to high school. Paul, a former member of the Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep cross country and track teams, loves a good run no matter the cause. Ironically, it was shortly after he ran in a Father's Day run this past June, promoting prostate cancer awareness and research efforts, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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Minimally Invasive Surgery Decreases Recovery Time

Laura Langolf was tired of being in pain. Her menstrual cycle caused disabling pain in her back and excessive bleeding; she also experienced pain during intercourse and pelvic pain in general.

Though her physician had recommended a hysterectomy, she didn't want a traditional open surgery, which involves removing the uterus through an incision in the abdomen. "I wanted to have a minimally invasive surgery because I couldn't take a lot of time off of work," she says. Laura found exactly what she was looking for at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.

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High-tech robotic procedure gets golfer back in the swing

"I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get back into my daily routine of walking and running," explains Gregory Balint, 56, of Harrison Township. "What really concerned me was the thought of not getting to the golf course. As of yesterday, I swung the clubs for the first time and I'm ready to hit the links."

Nearly one month ago, facing surgery to remove his prostate as a result of prostate cancer, Balint didn't expect to be back into his daily routine so quickly. "My initial thought was that I would be spending a long period of time recovering. Only after reading and talking about my surgery options did I realize that through a radical prostatectomy I could expect minimal impact and a quicker return to my normal functions."

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