I had some anxiety about
anesthesia. I had never had any before and had some slight fear of not waking up or having a heart attack during surgery, or something like that. Of course, the hospital has you sign something saying you realize you could die, though the chances are small. I also happened to hear stories on the radio of people that woke up during surgery - but this is rare.
Going under turned out to be easy. They gave me a shot of some sort, and after that, I don't remember anything, though I was told I was awake and silly for a few minutes. No nausea afterward, I just woke up in post op. Lot of gas after, but that's about
I think some fear is normal... but I suggest focusing on getting to the other side, and the statistics that tell us very, very, very few people have a severe problem during surgery.
Prostate cancer diagnosed: May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score: 3+3=6
daVinci radical prostatectomy: July 25, 2006
size of tumor: approx 1.1 inches
post-surgery Gleason score: 3+4=7; negative margins from surgery
number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery: 3 to 5
number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery: 1 to 2
number of pads/day at 6 months after surgery: 0 to 1
1st post-surgery PSA: 0 (Nov 2006)
2nd post-surgery PSA: 0 (Feb 2007)
ongoing post-surgery treatment:
Cialis every other day, Viagra "on-demand", ErecAid pump daily Cialis every other day, ErecAid pump twice daily (when I can manage it)