After two days of being stuck, poked, x-rayed, MRI'd, interviewed, filling out the same form at each specialist at MD Anderson, I'm cleared for Da Vinci surgery Monday morning. I especially enjoyed the endorectal coil/balloon they shoved up my rear for the MRI
We had another meeting with Dr. Davis (my urologist/RP surgeon) and asked some final questions. One burning question I wanted to ask was if he would be at the console for the entire
operation and sure enough, he will. He said the entire process will take three hours - about
an hour for the pre-op stuff (anesthesia, etc.) and his time at the Da Vinci console will be about
After spending a few days at MD Anderson, we are a bit more adept at finding our way around the huge facility - it reminds me of a huge maze or an airport designed by a team of chimpanzees. We had a queen suite at the attached Rotary House which was quite nice with two large screen TVs. We have a queen suite reserved there for 14 days following my surgery - hopefully we won't need to be there for the full 14 days though.
MD Anderson told me we will have a private hospital room following my surgery and my wife can spend the night in the room, that's a nice feature should she want to stay all night with me (she's an RN - boy am I a lucky guy.)
Unfortunately I won't have post-surgery biopsy results for six weeks.
DX - 1-13-2015 (age 66) -- PSA 4.02 (9-16-2014) to 4.38 (12-5-2014)
right apex: benign
right mid: benign
right base: Gleason score 6 (3+3) -20%
left apex: Gleason score 6 (3+3) -40%
left mid: Gleason score 6 (3+3) -70%
left base: Gleason score 7 (3+4) -100% with perineural invasion