Do you have a video of your Robotic surgery ?

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 5/11/2008 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Speaking to some people on the medical side, I get the impression that all robotic surgeries are video taped ? Stands to logic since the Da Vinci company needs constant monitoring to improve their robot /or catch an errant one in case it starts having a mind of its own :-) Also surgeons need to publish enough papers/presentations during conferences to further their career. Video clips/pictures of unusual findings during surgeries are good for surgeons for presentations. We do not hear much about occasions when things go wrong, or when somebody makes a mistake. I understand that from a litigation point of view the medical community would rather give out as little negative aspects of the surgical procedure, hence would be loathe to release information. It is true that in life we have to be very positive, hold on to all the pluses, have faith and trust and be at peace with ourselves.

At the same time I think that having access to the video tape of the surgery would help us in planning for the future about our disease,about the possible path of recurrence,whether too much tissue was left out,whether unnecessary blood vessels and nerves that tack along the blood vessels are cut or anything else informative. Could even get a second opinion on the surgery(if we agree to a disclaimer about possible litigation?) May even help us in deciding about taking unnecessary medication after surgery with all the side effects, or educate us about other related illnesses in the pelvic area on the aftermath of the surgery. More so since the people are diagnosed at a younger age these days and have expectations of a much longer life span and are expected to die with PC rather than of it. Hope I am making some sense here, any opinions most welcome.
Dx Age 48 Nov 07
Psa 4.5, Biopsy 2/8 cores positive Gleason 3+3
No perineural or lymphovascular invasion in the biopsy specimen.
Rushed to RRP without much research- Jan 08

Geason 3+3 ,10% both lobes, There is perineurial invasion
No extraprostatic spread seen , Seminal vesicles normal,Nerves spared
Cancer close to apex but margins clear T2c NXMX
Incontinence pretty bad until April 08- suddenly down to 1 pad
ED - started cialis once every 2 or 3 days from April but no improvement
1st post op Psa <.1 (May 08)

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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 29
   Posted 5/11/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought about asking my surgeon for the video of my robotic surgery. My cardiologist gave me a copy of my angiogram/angioplasty a few years ago and I was fascinated watching it. But I figure that surgeons have to be careful, as you suspected for liability reasons. Should something go wrong, that tape could be used as evidence in a malpractice suit. Of course, if you didnt have the tape and sued for malpractice, I'm guessing the tape could be subpoened as evidence anyway, but just giving it out to anyone is just probably asking for trouble.
Diagnosed Jan 07
PSA 5.79
Biopsy -12 samples, positive in 4, Gleason 3+3, T1c
Age 60
Surgery (robotic) June 1 2007
Final pathology - fully contained to prostate, <2% , Gleason 3+3
No leaking 2 months after surgery (Yahoo !)
9 month PSA <0.01 (Yahoo again !)
ED a work in progress. Taking 50mg Viagra daily.

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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 598
   Posted 5/11/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I did ask the assisting resident if I could have a copy of the surgery right before I went under. He had never been asked that question before. He gave a vague response. I think, of course, their fear is litigation. But it IS our video. I thought it would be intereting from an educational standpoint. My surgery went fine, I'd like it for fun.
47 at Diagnosis.
Father died of Pca 4/07 at 86.
1/06 PSA 3.15
1/07 PSA 4.6      (Biopsy 3/07 just suspicious)
10/07 PSA 5.06   (Biopsy 11/07  1 of 12 with 8% involvment) (1mm)
Da Vinci surgery Jan 5, '08 at Mt. Sinai Hosp. NYC
Saved both nerve bundles.
Path Report:  Stage T2cNxMx
-Gleason (3+3)6
-totally contained to prostate,
-10% involvement in L & R Mid lobes
PSA 0 at six weeks
Pad free on March 14 - (10 weeks.)
ED - Take 100mg viagra every night.
Totally usable erections at 10 weeks.

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 293
   Posted 5/11/2008 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Although I never asked for a copy, I do know  that my Doctor hac kept video of each of his operations, and goes back to review and see why one operation has better results then another. I see him tomorrow and get my six months PSA reading back, hoping to roll another zero!
PS Happy Mother's day out there to all you wonderful Mom's.
PSA 10 June 2007
Biopsy July 2, 16 of 16 samples positive
prostate weighed 40 grams
Di Venci 10/09/07, four hours on table, 3 in recovery
Total time in Hospital: 29 hours
Record for Dr. Lance, 65% of prostate had cancer, but NO spread, clean margins
Clean nodes,
First PSA at 5 weeks, UNDETECTABLE!
Catheter out at seven days, dry from hour one!
Second PSA 19 weeks post op, UNDETECTABLE 2/11/2008
The Lord has truly Blessed me.

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