Ok you guys, go ahead and laugh, but sometimes this forum needs a little laugh now and then.
In following the thread about a new Davinci in Billings, I began thinking about my Christmas experience.
My wife and I finally gave in and bought a Nintendo Wii. Our adult kids, and grandkids exposed us to this electronic phenomena. We have resisted all the other games for years.
I began to understand learning curves for robotic surgery after playing this for a few hours over the holidays.
I am a decent ping pong player. But I am here to tell you, it will take me many games on the Wii to even approach my novice days at ping pong.
For one, I am old. Many of our surgeons are older after graduating from college, med school, residency, etc.
Two, I am not experienced in electronic games.
Three, it just requires time and practice to develop enough skill to do what has to be done.
This mayt be an awful example, but when we think of what a surgeon is actually doing in there, I can only imagine that it must take hundreds of times to be skillful enough to cut out a prostate, sew the urethra to the bladder, and all of the other stuff.
For you guys who want to argue that the open guys should qualify as having experience, I would suggest playing with your grankids Wii for a while. You may change your mind.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic 4/14/09 Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free 6 week PSA <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED. Trimix injections