Vagaling-out during surgery

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

New Member

Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 3/10/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi folks,
Been a while since I've joined the conversation but have been reading from time-to-time.  I had da Vinci on Wed., March 7 at Vanderbilt.  Well, I started to have it.  They'd made the 1st incision above the belly button and had blown up my abdominal cavity w/ CO2 and then I had a vagal response (that is, I crashed, "pulled an Elvis", BP and HR decline).  This evened-out, but there some repetetive cardiac events that both the anesthesiolgoist and the surgeon disliked so they aborted the surgery then and there.  Subsequent stress-test and echocardiogram all proved within normal limits (the echo showed some minimal hardening of arteries consistent with a 55-year-old's profile).  So we're proceeding March 27th with a 2nd attempted laparascopic prostatectomy.  The anethesiologist, a great person as were all of the staff at Vandy, plans on having a tracheal echocardiogram and blood chemisty going on during this next round.  Any info you all have about any of this or direct experience would be helpful.  Best to all of you.  Tom

Diagnosed early Nov. '06; scheduled for da Vinci @ Vanderbilt 3/7/07
55 years-old
PSA 6.5 & Gleason 6 = 3+3(?) (~ 10% of right lobe)


Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 3/10/2007 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tom,

Sorry to hear of your problem during surgery. That had to be disappointing to wake up and find out nothing happened. Scary too. Sounds like they will be extra careful on 3/27.

We are all pulling for you. Please keep us posted...

Age 72. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2B Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2B. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSA on 1/3/07 - 0.04.  Next PSA on 4/4/07.
 "Cancer feeds on fear - starve it to death."

Veteran Member

Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 3/10/2007 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Tom- Wow!!! That had to be quite an experience...God Love ya! I have to say I've never had that experience and never want to!
Glad to hear you're doing well and I'm sure the next time, things will go as planned. Will be looking for your good results.

Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7 Stage: T2B N0 MX
2/09/06: LRP Restage: T3A NX MX
3 mo. PSA Post Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
9/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 CT shows lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07 - PSA 0.3

Veteran Member

Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 3/11/2007 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi ~ Tom,


This sure was a surprise…!!  After sending our Group Hug to you

on your previous Thread: open (prepubic) vs. Laparoscopic (robotic) Prostatectomy


The last thing we expected was to hear it was on hold.

You really sound upbeat and ready for the 27th. :-)

So ~ Know we will be right there with you~~  we may even try on a few bells to help this thing along… 


Haven’t heard of this happening but we all know that going into any major surgery has it’s problems/concerns.  We have to weigh the options and being cancer free is a whole incentive for going through with it…. Right!!!!  So ~ stay prepared and move forward.


Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy



           “God Bless You”


It's a little prayer  ~  "God BlessYou"

...but it means so much each day,

It means may angels guard you

 and guide you on your way.

                                                Author unknown



Helping others to see the "whole" journey.... Previous: Thread by Kingsport

(direct link ~ just click on the title!  Reminder to click on the REFRESH icon once there)

open (prepubic) vs. Laparoscopic (robotic) Prostatectomy

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

Post Edited (bluebird) : 3/10/2007 10:20:00 PM (GMT-7)

Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 444
   Posted 3/11/2007 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tom

what a shame. you get all psyched up for surgery and then they abort it--now another wait to do it again. one curiosity--why did they make an incision above your belly button? from what i have learned about robotic surgery, they usually make the incision just below your belly button. i hope all turns out well on the next try. best of luck!

68, Biopsy 9/27/06, Stage T1c, PSA 7.1, Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two areas], Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in third area], negative DRE, bone scan and MRI. Starting proton radiation therapy 2/22/07.

Veteran Member

Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 6/28/2007 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey ~ Tom,

Our thoughts are with you and we are continuing to keep you in our prayers…  As time permits… we would all like to hear from you.

Keeping you close,

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy



Previous thread started by Tom *Kingsport

(direct link ~ just click on the title!  Reminder to click on the REFRESH icon once there)

open (prepubic) vs. Laparoscopic (robotic) Prostatectomy


New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Tuesday, September 25, 2018 8:29 PM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,006,673 posts in 329,388 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161841 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, MeOkie.
304 Guest(s), 10 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
HeartsinPain, paul_t, cashlessclay, Tredye, MeOkie, Alxander, MarkWithIBD, three 5's and a jack, paisan, Sahale