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   Posted 10/31/2006 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
At the risk of this repeating any previous poll, for those of us on "this side", awaiting surgery, how about a response from those of you on the "other side":
1. Including the day of surgery, how long was your hospital stay?
2. Did you feel that you were ready to leave when released?
3. Do you feel the stay should have been longer?
Best Regards;
Cancer is what we HAVE
Cancer Survivors is who we'll be!!

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   Posted 10/31/2006 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Davinci procedure Thursday 10/12/06 surgery at 1:30PM 2 days in hospital including surgery day

Was in my room at 9:00 PM Thursday my surgery time was a little longer than most

All day Friday 10/13 was a drag I was really wiped out during the day. Friday afternoon it got better by a bunch. I walked the hospital halls no problem.

Ready to go home 10/14 Saturday morning felt real good  Doctor released me and I went home.

I think if my surgery had of been earlier in the day and not taken so long under anesthesia I could have gone home the next day like a lot of others. I think the anesthesia really wiped me out.


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   Posted 10/31/2006 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
My surgery was about 3pm thursday 10/12/06. Was in my room about 9pm. Was released Sat 12 noon. open RP. I was not sure when they asked if I was  ready to go home. But I did and I am sure glad I did. I felt so much better at home. I walked around the house and I did just fine. Best decision I ever made. Shepla

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   Posted 10/31/2006 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi geobet1,

I had the DaVinci procedure at 3:30pm Thurs. and was in the car headed home Sat. 9:30am.

I would have left Friday if the doctor had said OK, but he was very cautious and kept me till Sat. morning.

The stay was long enough, and I have this thing about sleeping in my own bed; tubes, bags, and all. A added incentive is home cooking, and I knew my wife had prepared a whopping special meal Friday night in anticipation of my home coming. Therefore it was imperative I get home before the kids ate it all up.


Post Edited (spinbiscuit) : 11/2/2006 7:43:26 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 10/31/2006 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Geobet1,

My husband went in on a Wednesday for an open radical and was more than ready to come home the following Saturday.  I'm sure there are a lot of variables such as health, complications, type of procedure, etc., that come into play so its probably not the same for everyone.

Husband diagnosed May 2006 at age 50.  RRP performed 13 July 06.
PSA 5.7,  Gleason 3+4=7, Staged T2C, Cancer confined to prostate.
His father diagnosed at age 62 and is currently a 13 year survivor!

Post Edited (Letty) : 10/31/2006 6:41:19 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 10/31/2006 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   

I think you get the point from the previous posts. Generally, if all goes well you should be out in two days. Some are out in one. I was offered the opportunity for discharge one day following surgery, but decided to take full advantage of the two days approved by my insurance! Count on admittance the day of surgery, not the day before, even for an early a.m. procedure, due to insurance. You will not be discharged unless you are ready. So, I wouldn't worry about it.

M. Kat
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   Posted 11/1/2006 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   

Jeff had his surgery at 7 AM and was released at 2 PM the next day. we were prepared to stay there 2-5 days. it is different for everyone. I love your mantra!! kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old
diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5
2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test 0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006

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   Posted 11/1/2006 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   

Let's see...  Surgery was Wednesday at 2:00. Got up to my room at 10:00 that night (they kept me in recovery for a while but that was another story).

I was walking (carefully and slowly) the next morning and let for home at noon.  The doctor gave me a choice to leave at noon before lunch or at 2:00 after lunch.  I chose the earlier time - I just wanted to get home.

I was certainly ready mentally to leave.  I was pretty sore and walked pretty slowly and the 1-1/2 hour drive home was OK (I felft EVERY bump).

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 11/1/2006 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
1. Arrived Fri 8:30am, departed Sat 11:30am
2. Yes, ready to leave.
3. Did not want to stay longer due to lack of rest gained in hospital.

Diagnosed 8/24/06 at age 48
Gleason 6
PSA 3.32
daVinci performed 10/20/06

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   Posted 11/1/2006 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   

Radical Perineal Prostatectomy performed Monday, 9:30am, in room by noon. Released the next day and only 25 minute drive to the house. Would have been released early Tuesday morning but was nauseated from the pain medicine they gave. He didn't take any more after that. Up walking around the house with bag much better than around the halls of the hospital. He was glad to be home and did fine.



My Husband was Diagnosed 9/22/06

*42 yrs old

*Abnormal DRE with nodule

*3+4=7 Gleason

*2.6 PSA

*3 of 9 cores on right positive, 6 on left negative

*Perineal prostatectomy 10/23/06

*Gleason came back 6 after path and confined to prostate
*Negative Bone and CT scan

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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 11/1/2006 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
diag 10/25/06
6 gleason
4,9 psa
still trying to decide which way to go
bone scan done on moinday

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 54
   Posted 11/2/2006 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome KJG - you're in great company here. Probably not the exclusive club that anyone ever envisioned signing up for - but also probably the best site on the web where you can ask any question at all and receive honest, concerned and caring first hand replies.  I know it helped shred the layers of fear, doubt and uncertainty that I had.

I see you were diagnosed 8 days after me. Don't know your age (I'm 59 almost 60) but our count and psa are close. I just had the CT and Bone Scan on Monday and will get the results Tuesday of next week. I've got every appendage on my body crossed for a good outcome.

So, again, welcome my friend. Read some posts, ask any question you want and rest assured somone will jump on it. Keep your spirits up and know that all of us share a common bond and that we'll all come though this together. No one is going to be left behind!!

Warmest Regards;


Cancer is what we HAVE
Cancer Survivors is who we'll be!!

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