Jim, yours was a good descript
ion of how fast a major surgery takes place from the patient's perspective. It's over that fast, as you are gently being awaken in the recovery room. On my
open RP, I was barely able to say I remember going into the surgery room, and helping them move me over to the operating table. One person put a mask over me and said breathe normal, and then I was waking up in recovery.
BTW, I had the real staples, 25 of them my wife said, I was happy at day 10 to have them removed virtually painlessly. I hated to touch them while healing, but they did the job, and I never had any leakage or oozing from any of them.
David in SC
56, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9 .05, 6 month on 5/9