As my Nov. 1, 2011 DaVinci was my very first surgery, I certainly was thinking about
something going wrong, not surviving, etc. I joke that my surgery was on All Saints Day -- and I was hoping to NOT join them! LOL
But today's modern techniques with anesthesia, etc., it is almost impossible for anything to happen to you. And the surgery, while one of the most major types of surgery, usually goes very well in the hands of a highly experienced DaVinci surgeon.
As with wampuscat, I was awake & taking a walk around the nurses' station hours after leaving the recovery room -- and I was walking back into my motel room the next afternoon.
Repeat after me: "I AM GOING TO BE JUST FINE!" Say this several times when you become nervous -- because it IS the truth.
See ya on the other side!
Resident of Highland, Indiana just outside of Chicago, IL.
July 2011 local PSA lab reading 6.41 (from 4.1 in 2009). Mayo Clinic PSA Sept. 2011 was 5.7.
Local urologist DRE revealed significant BPH, but no lumps.
PCa Dx Aug. 2011 at age of 61.
Biopsy revealed adenocarcinoma in 3 of 20 cores (one 5%, two 20%). T2C.
Gleason score 3+3=6.
CT of abdomen, bone scan both negative.
DaVinci prostatectomy 11/1/11 at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), nerve sparing, age 62.
My surgeon was Dr. Matthew Tollefson, who I highly recommend.
Final pathology shows tumor confined to prostate.
5 lymph nodes, seminal vesicles, extraprostatic soft tissue all negative.
1.0 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm mass involving right posterior inferior,
right posterior apex & left mid posterior prostate.
Right posterior apex margin involved by tumor over a 0.2 cm length, doctor says this is insignificant.
Prostate 98.3 grams, tumor 2 grams. Prostate size 5.0 x 4.7 x 4.5 cm.
Catheter out in 7 days. No incontinence, occasional minor dripping.
Post-op exams 2/13/12, 9/10/12, PSA <0.1.
Semi-firm erections now happening 14 months post-op & slowly getting a bit stronger.
Post Edited (HighlanderCFH) : 2/11/2013 12:34:04 PM (GMT-7)