Hi, Rog and Roz. We, too, went to Dr. F.a.g.i.n. (word police don't like those first three letters). It was a 5.5 hour drive for us. Here's the rundown:
Went for consult. Spent the night. Scheduled surgery for following week.
Had all bloodwork done locally under scrips from Dr. F's office.(Your local uro can handle that, too)
Returned the next week for surgery (checked into hotel on Tuesd./Surg. on Wed./Checked out of hospital, returned to hotel on Thurs./checked out of hotel and returned home on Friday). On Thurs. a.m., after getting settled into hotel room, I drove just a short distance to a drugstore and got the scrips filled. We packed all our own jell-o/pudding/soft foods and were pretty much self-contained during our stay.
Next week returned for cath removal. Drove down same day, drove part of way back and checked into hotel.
8 weeks later, returned for PSA results. Because we were developing issues with incontinence, Dr. F. wanted us back in another month after prescribing medication. Otherwise, he would have scheduled a 6-month PSA. and then turned us back over to a local urologist.
We're set to go back for that 6-month PSA in April and from there on out will be dealing locally.
Dr. F's office/Westlake Hospital has negotiated a great agreement with a resort just a mile or so down the road. Doctor's office will give you a special letter to present at the reception desk to get the rates. Well worth checking into. We were lucky as we got their "summer" discount. Not only was it close, but the staff is truly outstanding and would be there to help for any reason day or night. Also, we asked for the spa section and were able to get a room near the drivethrough for unloading. No long hallways or elevators to hassle with. Could walk up and down the halls for exercise and noone paid any real attention.
His main office is just down the road from the Renaissance. His office in the Hospital complex is the one near Barton Creek Resort.
Husband age 65
PSA on 5/1/06: 4.2 (had doubled in 13 mos. and rising monthly)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06
T2a (at biopsy)
T4c (at pathology) w/cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/3/06 - undetectable!
Update: 11/1/06 - perhaps bladder neck involvement; 30%-50% chance of recurrence
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly for now