I was a little worried about dying on the table, until I talked to the surgeon about the reality of % and my situation, age, health, etc.
He said the biggest danger I faced that day was the car ride to the hospital. He said I'd never be safer than I was once I was in his OR and I believe he was right.
English Bob's story above doesn't indicate to me that he came very close to dying on the operating table -- quite the opposite. It is proof of how safe he was. A disaster and he walked out of the hospital. That's the story.
I was once on a jet over the Pacific Ocean when an engine went wonky. We turned back, landed safely. I suppose I could claim I "almost" died in an airplane disaster but the real story is that the plane had such great lift, and redundant systems, and pilots trained to handle this, that we landed safely --- I really was never in any danger.
At least, that's how I see it.
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