It is 1:30 am on Thursday morning. Had DaVinci at Hopkins on Monday am. Just returned home yesterday afternoon. The car ride of three hours was not great but once home I felt better once I started to walk in the house. I even went on the deck as it was an unusual 80 degrees here. Most of the pain was from my back sitiing in the car( stopped once for a short repositioning )
Well, here is my experience.
Got to Hopkins early on Monday and taken through the admission process with no hassel. Everyone was perfectly friendly, professional and knowledgable. Met with surgerical team and half of the hospital prior to surgery and introduced to Mr. DeVinci. ( Cool machine )
Surgery was 5 hours, Dr. Su seems to perfer tpo take lots of time and explains that to you before and after surgery. ( He has always been avalable to me by e-mail ).
After recovery ( my wife was allowed in for a few momwnts, but not the rest of the family- I was with all of them until taken into the operating room ) I was taken to my room were my family was waiting. The nurses, P. A. doctors, etc were all there doing their thing. I was pretty much out of it on Monday afternoon. (That morphine drip is great ). I was up and not on Monday but alert to what was going on.
Tuesday I was up and walking with the rest of the floor.We all compared notes on family, surgery, surgeons( everyone liked theirs ),and gas. The big converstaion wa the passing of gas.
I was in alot of discomfort Tuesday night and Wednesday morning with the pain from the gas. By Wednesday afternoon when I left the hospital it was better . Discomfort coming home was mostly to back.
Now I am home and going nuts all ready. Anyway I got up and walking around the house and will lay down again. Can't sit anymore and type. Talk to you later. Barrister.
Age 64, PSA 3.4,increased from 2.5 over 14 months, 3 of 12 cores positive 12/14/06,gleason 3+3=6
CT of ab,chest and pelvis and Bone scan all negative 1/8/07, staging prior to surgery T1c, Robotic scheduled at Hopkins 3/12/07.