Hi all. I'm a newbie here who hasn't posted much, however, I've scoured the sight and read many posts. I can't thank you enough for all your stories and sharing of personal experiences. My husband had daVinci this past Friday on Halloween, and because of all your sharing I felt confident coming home with him armed with information from everyone, so as to not go into panic. Following is an update of his surgery:
Surgery ( ) Entire procedure took 1 hour and 22 minutes. Fantastic surgeon spared his nerves and his lymph nodes as there was no indication to remove either. He felt confident PC was confined to organ. Very minimal blood loss (less than a half teaspoon!)
Husband ( ) Incredibly strong man...never took a pain pill. Thank God only lost his prostate and not his sense of humor. His only complaint has been being attached to, as he affectionately calls the catheter, "His Big Brother" and very much looking forward to its removal and just being "Mini Me".
Hospital Stay ( ) Thank the good Lord it only lasted 24 hours after surgery and I am so glad I stayed overnight with him. Sad to say, the rumors we've heard about our hospital "NCH" is that it stands for Never Coming Home, are very accurate. Nurses don't want to do a thing, he spilled his coffee on himself and we had to wait an hour for a gown change. They almost gave him double dose of one of his regular medications (thank God we brought his pill bottles with to show them the proper dosage), the discharge nurse didn't know how to install the leg bag catheter and had to ask my husband to help, and hospital said it's no longer their policy to wheelchair/escort patients out...we just walked out of there by ourselves (wonder what their insurance company would say about that). We were in a special wing where you pay extra per night to have better service and private rooms ($450/night)...I wonder what the care would have been without the extra charge??? They never got him up to walk the first day, as we were told would happen, and despite several requests for assistance. I finally demanded he start walking at 6:00 am the day of his release. Moral of the story here...all patients need to be proactive with their health care and don't be timid about demanding care. I will be writing a letter to the hospital administrator, for what's is worth, I'll get it off my chest!
Wife ( ) Very much relieved this part is over and thanking God and our "angels" for watching over us.
Next Hurdle ( ) Biopsy report this Thursday at 9:15 am.
Bottom line, very pleased with DaVinci procedure and surgeon. And again, thanks to all of you here for sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience. It's definitely made a difference in my life.
Age 49 @ Dx 08/08/08
May 2007 PSA 5.1 DRE Normal 23.4 cc Biopsy-12 samples-Benign
May 2008 PSA 7.5 DRE Normal
July 2008 PSA 7.4 DRE Normal Biopsy-2/12 samples-Postive
Left lateral mid prostate Adenocarcinoma (3+3) 5% of core
Left apex prostate Adenocarcinoma (3+4) 15% of core
No evidence of perineural invasion
Dx: Adenocarcinoma T1c Gleason 7
Awaiting davinci 10/31/08