Francis Steventon suffered from a very common condition that affects a third of men over 50. Mr Steventon from Selly Oak, describes how he ignored the condition for years until he was left in excruciating pain. The 75-year-old had benign prostate enlargement and had surgery undertaken by Mr Zaki Almallah to remove the surplus prostate tissue. Mr Steventon urges other men not to ignore this painful and awkward condition.
“Once I was over the age of 50, I started to go to the toilet more frequently. It’s just one of those things which you accept and you don’t talk about it because it’s a taboo subject. By the time I was 65, I was often having to get up twice in the night, but I still ignored it.
I was even at the doctor’s surgery for a check-up when I was 72 and the doctor asked – ‘Have you got anything else to tell me’. I was going to say that I was going to the toilet a lot – but I didn’t. By that time, cancer is rearing its head at the back of your mind. I was scared stiff it could be cancer and was too frightened to have a test.
Last year, my wife and I went on holiday to the far north of Scotland. I suddenly had this terrible pain in my bladder. I saw a doctor – but I was seventy miles from the nearest hospital. I had to go on this awful long journey for an hour and a half in agony.
I found out that my prostate was two to three times bigger than normal. I’d never been in hospital before and I’d certainly never experienced pain to that extent. Mr Almallah is one of the nicest blokes you could meet and dispenses all your fears. I’m eternally grateful to him.
If only I’d known how straightforward the operation would be, I would have had it years ago. I was up and about within two days of surgery and have made a complete recovery.
I would say to other men – don’t wait until the inevitable. If you think you may have a problem, have a test and then you can decide on the best treatment and do something about it.”