BATON ROUGE, LA. (NBC33) — Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is recovering from surgery performed last week to remove his prostate.
He was recently diagnosed with non-aggressive prostate cancer following a routine checkup. After weighing options he decided on robotic laparoscopic surgery at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. Dr. Raju Thomas performed the surgery on Monday, Nov. 21.
"Jay is doing very well. The cancer was detected early," Dr. David Hastings, Lt. Governor Dardenne's Baton Rouge urologist, said. "He is in excellent health and is expected to make a full recovery."
While resting at home, Lt. Governor Dardenne has been in daily contact with his office and is coordinating day-to-day decision-making with his executive staff.
"My family and I want to express our thanks to Dr. Hastings and Dr. Thomas, as well as the entire staff at Tulane," Lt. Governor Dardenne said. "We ask for your prayers and understanding during my recovery. I plan to return to the office within the next week or so."
"I feel very blessed and recognize the benefits of early detection. I encourage all men, no matter how healthy they may feel, to have an annual physical that includes a PSA screening."