Hi, KZIZ & Kurt. Just remember that all of us here are with you on this. Everything's going to be fine. We, too, got the last-minute jitters the night before surgery and wanted to back out! The surgical team is wonderful. The waiting area you'll be in is more like a resort lobby than a hospital.
Stay off the high-octane coffee - choose the middle brand or you'll be a chatterbox. ;-)
Kurt's in great hands.
Just remember, some people come out of this all perky and others may be groggy through the night (as my husb. was). Before you leave, the nurse will answer questions and show you all the details about
the catheter/bag. They handle multiple post-prostate surgeries, so they're very knowlegeable.
You two are totally prepared, so I know you're anxious/eager to roll!
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