DaVinci Scheduled 9/13/06

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Rick54
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   Posted 7/12/2006 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I just found this site and am happy to see all the additional info it provides. 
 
I am 54 and just diagnosed last Friday with PC - PSA was 6.0, biopsy two weeks ago, 4 of 12 cores showed cancer, all Gleason 6 (3+3), 2 others were suspect (neoplasia).  I have a consult appt. wth Dr. Lee in Philadelphia (about 2 hours away from me) in mid-September.  Dr. Lee is reputed to be in the group of "best" robotic prostectomy surgeons in the country.
 
Don't really have any questions right now - just a great desire (like most) for lots of info.
 
By the way, for the detail-oriented, non-squemish types scool  , I found a 30 minute video showing the DaVinci surgery on http://www.ucihs.uci.edu/urology/prostate/prostate_videos/videos.htm
 
 

Post Edited (Rick54) : 8/15/2006 10:13:17 AM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 7/12/2006 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Rick

I moved to Florida from Philly and I would have had Lee do my surgery if I still lived in Philly. I am completely happy with the surgeon I chose at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida. I had similar situations as you - I am 53 and had 4 out of 12 cores positive and a 3+3 = 6 Gleason. My PSA was lower though. It has been 30 days since surgery and I am doing jsut about full activity now. My incontinence has dwindled to 2 pads a day and getting better each day. Just started working with the penis pump and it really works (kinda). You will be glad you chose Robotic.

Be blessed and hope all goes well.
Dennis

PS - there would have been no way I would watch that video BEFORE I had the surgery... the less I knew about the actual procedure the better...
PSS - I will be in Philly the end of this month staying at Penns Landing to show my kids the Historic sites they never saw!

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   Posted 7/12/2006 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Rick,

Welcome to the club. It's not that I like to see new members, but if you've been diagnosed this sight will be a great comfort to you before, and after your da Vinci procedure. Hope all goes well for you in September. Please keep us posted on your progress, or if you have any concerns.

Glen

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   Posted 7/14/2006 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
54' DaVinci surgery April 25 06' California / PSA final 8- Gleason Final 3+3 - bone scan & Ct Scan Clean 1st post PSA 0000.???? down to a dribble tad more when working tooooo hard found ED to be acceptable from the start ( lucky me ) why don't I feel lucky?
Welcome to the club

Rick54
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   Posted 8/9/2006 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Well, we saw Dr. Engel at GWU Hospital in Washington DC and were extremely pleased.  He is very personable and took us all the way through all the options.  Obviosuly, we think surgery is the right choice for me and that DaVinci is the right choice in surgery.

I am scheduled for surgery on September 13th.  Not nervous yet, but I suspect I will be once the day gets closer.  All the info on this forum has really helped me prepare both mentally and physically!  Thanks to all. 


spinbiscuit
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   Posted 8/9/2006 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Rick,

Have no fear you are in good hands. Dr. Engel was my surgeon and I have the highest praise for his skills. I also was very pleased with the care I received at GWU hospital. Futhermore everything Dr. Engel predicted would happen has so far been right on the mark. Please ask if you have any questions.

Glen

daveed
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   Posted 8/10/2006 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Rick54 Welcome to the club ( I think I am an official member now) I have found this site extremely helpful in making my decision to have robotic surgery. It seems that for the majority of guys that have had surgery things have not turned out as bad as the worst case scenerios would suggest. That in itself is very reassuring. Everyone on this site is very supportive of each other and it's a good site to vent, question or commiserate. Again Welcome

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   Posted 8/10/2006 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Rick,
Great time to be in DC. Sorry about the reason you have to be there.
GW'll take good care of you. We stay at the Westen right across the street for GW as often as we can get to DC. I'll think of "Rick" now every time we go.

Rick54
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   Posted 8/15/2006 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the kind thoughts.

I am certainly feeling pretty good based on all the experiences that are shared here. It does help to know what other guys have gone through.

(Glen) When was your surgery with Dr. Engel? What has been the timeframe for recovery you have experienced?

We are still trying to decide whether my wife will stay at a hotel in DC or drive back and forth to our house (1 hour drive) for the one night in the hospital. She is also considering sleeping in the hospital room. I plan to push for the hotel - more comfortable for her.

Post Edited (Rick54) : 8/15/2006 10:21:12 AM (GMT-6)


GreenAcres
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   Posted 8/15/2006 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Rick. I'm only speaking from "this wife's" perspective. We had a 5-hour drive (daVinci done in Austin on 8/2), so stayed an extra night in a nearby hotel. I would have worried more if I had stayed at the hotel than by staying in the room the night following surgery. Not much sleep, but everytime husb. turned over I was up to serve up a sip of water or to check the bag. Was able to coordinate between the overworked nurse's station and request a painkiller during the night. He was still pretty out of it through that time and couldn't have even held a glass, but was able to negotiate a straw. Everyone's different, however.

 


spinbiscuit
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   Posted 8/16/2006 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rick,

My surgery was on 2/23/06; that was late Thursday afternoon (3 pm). The procedure took 2 hours, or at least that's what my wife told me. All I can recall is the anesthesiologist telling me about the meds, and the next thing I was waking up in recovery. I went home Saturday morning at 9:30 am. Dr. Engel wanted to keep me over night to make sure that I could be sent home with a drain tube still attached. Both the drain tube and catheter came out on Tuesday. By the 10th week I was about 95% dry. My recovery would have been routine except I had to under go a hernia operation about 4 months later. (Do not attempt lifting a micro-wave oven after your procedure)

My wife wanted to stay in the room with me, but the nurse informed us it was not allowed. I would still call GWU hospital, and see if they may have exceptions for out of town couples. If that is not possible at least she can us the Metro to and from the hospital (find a hotel with a Metro stop near by). All things considered I was very pleased with Dr. Engel and GWU hospital. If you need further details please don't hesitate to ask.

Glen

Rick54
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   Posted 8/17/2006 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Glen,

Do you remember what hotel your wife stayed in?  We are considering the Marriot about 3 blocks north since I have a bunch of points and could stay free.  Anything closer?  OR?


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   Posted 8/17/2006 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Rick,

GWU Hosp has an agreement with the Marriott across the street and you can get a special rate. but you can get free! we live about 1-1/2 hours away and I plan on staying at the hotel when my husband has open surgery on Aug 30. I dread the thought of driving back and forth! the hotel's name says something about GWU hosp conference center. that sounds like a great option. Dr Lynch is performing the surgery.

Tim G
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   Posted 8/17/2006 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, Rick!  I did not find this web site until after I had surgery.  I think it would have helped to have been here from the start. Oh, well. I'm glad I found it and have enjoyed interacting with those on the forum.  It helps to know you're not alone.  
 
Tim
Age 57  PSA 2.5  Gleason 5   Open Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy 6/21/06  Cancer confined to prostate


spinbiscuit
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   Posted 8/18/2006 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rick,

My wife drove into town because we live just outside of the city. M. Kat's lead on the Washington Marriott sounds like the best bet that way your wife can walk or take a cab to the hosp. The phone # is: 202-872-1500, and the address is: 1221 22nd st., N.W., Washington, D.C. This would be about 3 blocks from GWU Hospital.

Good luck,

Glen

spinbiscuit
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   Posted 8/19/2006 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rick,

I'm sorry I did not carefully read you post; guess I was not yet recovered completely from the post surgical pain meds. One further note; If you have not already tried this link go to www.gwhospital.com. It will provide a list of all hotels in the area, and those hotels that have special arrangements with GW Hospital.

Glen

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   Posted 8/19/2006 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
There is a Best Western right across the street from the ER

spinbiscuit
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   Posted 8/28/2006 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rick,

I thought I might give you this up-date. Just went in for my 2nd PSA test on Thursday, and within 45 minutes Dr. Engel said the reading was Less than .1 or undetectable. He knows I as well as the rest of his patients are probably worried so the analysis is done on the spot asap! You don't know what a relief that is.

Good luck to you on the 13th; hope you are doing your Kegels and other exercises. The stronger you are going into surgery; the quicker the recovery. By the way did you make your hotel reservations?

Glen

Rick54
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   Posted 8/29/2006 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the note, Glen.

Yes, we made reservations at the Marriott for the night before and the night of surgery.  Guess my wife will have to stay alone the night of surgery, eh? tongue

It is nice to know that Dr. Engel cares.  We were really impressed with him when we met him earlier this month.  I'm glad to hear your PSA was undetectable again :-) - every check without recurrence is a great blessing!


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   Posted 8/29/2006 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
good news Glen!!!!!!!

Ed NJ
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   Posted 8/31/2006 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Rick,
I hope I can be of some help. I am also 54 and its been 8 days post DaVinci surgery to remove my prostate. I chose Dr. Eric Mayer head of urology at St. Lukes Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. The results speak for themselves. The catheter tube is out and no incontinence.
To back up a little, the surgery went smoothly, about 4 hours. One issue I became quite nauseous from the morphine, anesthesia or the combination of both. The first morning after surgery I became quite light headed. I tried some beef broth and apple juice and threw those up. So ice cubes alone would of been better for me. At any rate I had no appetite until Saturday. I really don't think I needed any morphine, for I had no pain only discomfort when moving around, getting up etc.

The next surprise was during a bowel movement, some urine exited my penis around the catheter bulb. Well, I thought I broke a seal or something. The Dr., Dr. Leonard another excellent urologist at St. Lukes assured me that was normal.

I left the hospital on Monday Aug.28, really should have departed on the 27th. with catheter. No big deal on the catheter, I showered on Tuesday with leg bag and switched to the larger bag during the day and night. Important to let gravity do the job with the bags, not smart to have any backflow to minimize urinary tract or bladder infections. The nurse at St. Lukes mentioned the urine is okay or sterile 4 inches out after that could contain bacteria. Not sure of the accuracy of those numbers.

On Wednesday everything was perfect, 7 days post surgery when the catheter just slides out of the bladder. My wife and I nearly died, she was ready to call the rescue squad when I said to call the doctor. The doctor assured her I was in no danger.

But a new chapter opened up, incontinence. Quick shuffle of procedures around the house. After a half dozen or so bowel movements with voiding during the night, I believe I am incontinence free.

Feel free to ask any questions or concerns you like. I have found this website extremely helpful also, being a Chemist and detail oriented person.

Ed from NJ. yeah

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   Posted 8/31/2006 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Ed NJ,

Well come aboard, I'm glad to hear you are progressing so quickly with your recovery. Every recovery is a little different, and it helps to hear all the stories. When I went through it some of things that freaked me out happened to a lot of the guys, so it was no big deal. Doctors can't tell us all of the little things that may or may not happen if they did we wouldn't show up for surgery. That is why this sight is so important.

Have a speedy recovery, and keep us posted.

Glen

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   Posted 8/31/2006 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like a typical day at Ed's house. Good job on the cath. Hope Doc didn't charge for that! Glad you're doing well.

Paul

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   Posted 9/16/2006 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rick,

It's 9-16 (Saturday) and we hope to hear from you soon on how you're doing!!!
You are now on the road to recovery! if your surgery stayed on track for 9-13 (Wednesday)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife.

Forum Friends,
Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy 53
RRP April 3, 2006   PSA 4.6 Gleason 3+3=6 T2a   Confined to Prostate   June 29th PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable  :)

Post Edited (bluebird) : 9/18/2006 9:57:45 AM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 9/18/2006 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Monday 18th...
I guess you didn't get my Saturday 16th posting... here
I pulled up today and saw where Glen did a new Thread today... and you answered :)
So........... I'll head over there.
Take care...
mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy 53
RRP April 3, 2006   PSA 4.6 Gleason 3+3=6 T2a   Confined to Prostate   June 29th PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable  :)

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