Reading the responses to this query, I am reminded of few things:
1. the first "indiginity" was the fledgling nurse shaving my privates. Ah, well, after a DRE and so on, who cares?
2. It definitely is "lights out" whenever the anesthesiolgist decides it's "good night now" Dont' worry about what you might see in the OR: I, too, saw the machine that I would be strapped into, and the Da Vinci station which was, well, all the way on the other side of the OR. Very interesting, and by the way, Dr. Gas, when will I be going asleep? Bye bye, within seconds once he turns the switch.
3. I was nauseous upon wakening: the prior post refer to a drug that they slip into the IV: it was a perfect and I fell back asleep and had no more issues with that. Ask for help: I couldn't imagine hurling an hour after waking up when there is a simple solution to nausea and they have at the ready.
4. Final issue: the nitrous gas pumped into your abdomen might cause issues. For me, 20- hours or so after the surgery I was in great pain. Make sure the nurse or attendant knows you're not referring to intestinal gas. It's in your shoulders and neck and it composed of gas pockets that will be absorbed in your body, not expelled at either end.
Good luck, you'll do great.
Age at Dx: 56
DaVinci Prostatectomy: 10/28/98
Gleason - 3+4 = 7
Prosate: 52 grams
Incontinence - absolutely at first, better with time and kegels
ED - Indeed
Married, father of two (boys 19 and 17)
10 months later: member of the "zero" club, working on one "safety" pad for 24 hours. Took Cialis for 6 months (no apparent affect), Tri-mix works, though!