I have an appointment with Bruce Dalkin in a couple of weeks. I'm still not convinced that the daVinci is the way to go for me---- I've read of the "
open" surgeons who criticize not being able to physically touch the tissue---(maybe that is just the old-guard not wanting to move into the modern era). Plus the longer surgery time with the daVinci concerns me. I also am not sure whether Virginia Mason is the best place for me to go.
What concerns me most about
Virginia Mason is that I can't get answers to basic questions from anyone. I have been through several people in the Urology Dept. trying to get some quick answers to some basic questions about
how to prepare to have surgery and some other more detailed questions. I'm told I have to make an appointment with the surgeon and that he isn't available until mid-January. That surprises me since I'm scheduled for surgery with him in late January. For instance, I just read online about
"Kegel" exercises----these are new to me and apparently they are really important to start doing long BEFORE one has prostate surgery. I'm starting them now and hopefully I'm doing it soon enough.
It seems they should have someone I could talk to who understands the sexual side-effects of this surgery and trains people in doing Kegel exercises before they undergo the surgery. It's great to have the Internet but talking to someone at the hospital would be better.
They gave me a 46 page booklet they prepared and keep referring me to that but it doesn't answer the specific questions I have. (That booklet does mention Kegel exercises but doesn't give instructions on how to do them and says that will happen after surgery) They also can't seem to give me statistics, other than the one doctor I've seen, on how many surgeries each of the three has performed. They say I need to make an appointment with each one to ask them directly. I'd like to know how many each has performed and the complication and success rates.
This is my first foray into the medical world as a patient and I thought hospitals would have a medically trained patient coordinator of some sort (like a nurse) who could guide a new patient through the process and is available to "hold my hand", so to speak. I'm finding that is not the case----at least not my experience with this hospital. Maybe this is typical with any hospital but I don't have the experience to know that.
Post Edited (EdwardL) : 12/28/2010 10:57:34 AM (GMT-7)