That was the time on the log sheet. The guy who did mine had done hundreds of laprascopic surgeries before he started using the da Vinci machine. I was told by others in the hospital that this experience gave him a real edge on the game and that he had magic hands. Methinks he must play video games on weekends or something to be that fast. As I recall, and I've posted it here before, (which is why I asked him a couple of months later if my memory could possibly be right and he got out his OR report to confirm the 70 minutes) I was wheeled into the OR not long after 8 a.m. and it was 10:20 a.m. on the clock the first time I was aware of the big clock in the recovery room.
One of the nice things about
such a short surgery is that my knock out drug consumption was fairly low and I was amazed how sharp I was when I awoke. When they wheeled me out of recovery back to my room I was singing "Hello Dolly" when I saw my wife in the hall.
I have a close friend who does da Vinci surgery in Ohio and he tells me the time taken in a da Vinci surgery has both to do with a surgeon's skill and also with the anatomy of the patient. I take it that while us guys all have prostates some are much easier to pluck than others. I must have had one that was easy plucking.
Whatever! I'm glad to be rid of the rotten sucker.
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
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours. Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02