Adolph A. (HIFU)
My general practitioner (GP) diagnosed me with a high Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) score in March of 2012. With good intent, he referred me to a urologist. However, my wife, who is a registered nurse did some research, and found the highly regarded Dr. Robert Pugach. Dr. Pugach performed a biopsy procedure, which showed that I had prostate cancer (9 out of 10 cores of the biopsy were positive for cancer and all of them had a Gleason Score between 6 and 7). He explained all of the options that were available to me, and gave me an injection (Lupron) to stop the growth of the tumors for three months.
Then Dr. Pugach ordered a bone scan and MRI so that he could ensure that my cancer had not spread to my bones or the rest of my body. Thankfully, the results of the bone scan and the MRI came back negative, and Dr. Pugach determined that I was eligible for a variety of treatments, but I chose High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). The FDA had not yet approved the HIFU procedure in the United States. As such, I elected to have my HIFU done in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in May of 2012.
Dr. Pugach has an incredible network of doctors and caretakers in Mexico to assist him with the procedure, including the local urologist in Mexico, and the HIFU team from Charlotte, North Carolina. They helped me feel at ease during the procedure, and they ensured that everything went smoothly. The procedure itself was painless, as I was under anesthesia, and I had a very quick recovery. I walked out of the hospital with very little discomfort on the same day that Dr. Pugach performed my procedure. My speedy recovery validated my confidence in the abilities of Dr. Pugach and his team. Three months after my procedure, I went for my first PSA test, where my PSA was <0.01. This is the lowest possible PSA score that an individual can get, which means that my HIFU treatment worked, and I am cured of prostate cancer. Additionally, Dr. Pugach has been treating me for a frequent urination issue that I’ve had for about 10 years, and he is making incredible strides. My urination is becoming less and less frequent. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Dr. Pugach and his entire team, and I highly recommend him to anyone that has prostate or urinary problems.
Adolph A. October 30, 2015
3801 Katella Ave.,
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Los Alamitos, CA 90720
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