Great news, Jennifer --- delighted to hear you're underway.
The email I sent off for you remains unanswered. I wonder if he's off in Europe, or something. Knowing you're now in good hands and have made a decision is excellent.
I don't think an 80% ED recovery rate for those under 60 is too high a number, but, what do I know?
The number that surprised me was the 4 hours for da Vinci surgery --- especially if he's done 800 of them. From the time I was knocked out, until I awoke in the recovery room, was two hours. After I was 'under' they prepped me in 20 minutes and the surgery itself was 70 minutes. These numbers were the ones I was given after surgery, and I sent a fax to the surgeon a couple of weeks ago asking some questions and asked him to confirm the time. He looked up his surgical report and I'd remembered the time correctly. The less time spent under anesthesia the better.
Now, on the decor question I totally agree with your husband. A hospital that cares enough to provide amenities and cares how they look has a far higher chance of caring for patients well than a hospital that's happy with a lousy cafeteria, crummy shops and grubby walls. I'd bet there is a direct correlation between spotless clean public washrooms and success in surgical suites. For one thing, good doctors don't hang around second rate places.
You're underway now. Godspeed, and keep us posted.
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09 0.02
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues, but better every week.