I wish I could post a picture. I drove my wife to an area hospital today to pick up some medical records and a disc of images that she needs for a doctor's appointment next week. Looking through some glass windows in the Medical Records Department, I saw that the Intuitive Surgical company had brought in a brand new, latest model, of the DaVinci Robotic Assisted Surgical System. The sales rep was in the room, so I introduced myself and told him that back in 2010 I had a prostatectomy via the DaVinci robot. He was very interested in how I'm doing, how the procedure went, and so on, and we talked a bit about
the robot's role in treating prostate cancer. Then, he took me over to the console, sat me down, showed me how to use the finger controllers, and let me put it through its paces, making some maneuvers, moving small objects around and turning the instruments in various directions.
It's a $2 million machine. They're showing it to the hospital surgical team, who are considering upgrading to the latest version. They're also bringing in some high school students who are considering medical careers to show them some of the technology available to surgeons.
I hadn't seen the machine when I had my surgery. I was under anesthesia by the time we reached the operating room. So, it was really cool to get to actually use the robot, and I have to say that the sales representative was really friendly and very gracious. I think those of you who have been operated on via the DaVinci robot might appreciate how really cool the experience was. I know that not everyone is a fan of robotic surgery, but I still think it would be great if everyone could share this kind of opportunity to see how the system works.
Dx June 2010.
PSA rose for 3 years to 6.2
Bx shows cancer in 6 of 12 cores, all left side
Gleason 7 (3 + 4)
Negative margins; negative seminal vesicles
5 brothers, ages 59-74 ; Two of us have had PCa
Continence after 7 weeks.PSA 1/3/10: <0.01; 6/12/11: <0.01, 1/26/12: <0..01; 10/12: <0.01
8/13:<.01; 4/15:<0.01, 7/16: <.01;8/17:<0.01; 5/18: <.01
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