Doctor, good post.
I fully agree your sentiments about
having operations outside of the US. In your situation, you were knowledgable to know what you were doing and what you were getting into. Most of us, non-medical , regular every day guys wouldn't have that advantage. Then of course, there are severe liability issues to consider once your leave the US with a medical situation.
I agree to where you talk about
your own complications, not every thing can be seen or known ahead of time with a complex operation. My own
open RP turned complex once I was "
opened", because they discovered that I had a very deep and narrow prostate bed. Fortunately, most of my cancer, if not all, was on the left side. The surgeon basically couldn't reach all he wanted to reach on my right side, which could have been a bigger problem had the can been on the right side.
Thanks again, its good seeing the insights from a doctor going through what we go through. Hope you continue to heal well.
David in South Carolina
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.33rd Biopsy
: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3Open RP:
11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09Path Rpt
: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20%, Contained in capsule, 1 pos margin2009 PSA
: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16Latest:
7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/09 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out 38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., agreed to start radiation, does not rec. HT at this time, mapping on 9/21/9