PROSTABLOG NZ: John Montgomerie had his prostatectomy via robotic method in Auckland, NZ, in mid-February and we asked him to report progress.
His report shows he is recovering well…and he has some revealing comments about insurance:
I am doing well. Had to use incontinent pads for four weeks and still not 100%, (maybe I should try the ones with wings?). Have a problem with leakage when I cough, sneeze, etc.
We have a spa, which is set at 41.5 degrees and it has proved to be a Godsend. Use it several times daily.
I can now use the motor bike without too much pain, and I’m walking 2-3km twice a day, which is a big help,
At two to three weeks after the operation, I was able to do a lot of farm jobs, which was a big help for my dear wife – and my self esteem.
At six weeks post-op, I’m back into full-on farm work, and able to drive a tractor for a few hours at a time.
Had a good PSA result, 0.2, which is a lot better than 5.8 before the op.
Insurance paid all of the costs ($45,000 plus) without stuffing me about, which was great. I am insured with AA Health and they were very helpful.
I would be happy to recommend them. Some insurance companies do not pay for the full cost of robotic surgery (Southern Cross is one such company). And the patient has to pay $12,000 to $15,000 before the operation’
Good one, John. Glad to see you’re progressing brilliantly. Interesting stuff about the iunsurance cover, as well.