Hi Leader: I had DaVinci done at City of Hope, in Duarte, CA, last January. I am very happy with the results. I live in Las Vegas and could have had it done here, but opted for City of Hope, because at the time, they had done over 2,300 robotic prostatectomies. Yes, robotic is "less invasive" but my doctor cautioned me that it's not so much about
invasiveness as accuracy. He very-confidentally stated to me that there is no surgical procedure that offers the imaging resources and precision the DaVinci does.
But remember, although the robotic lapro procedure doesn't leave you with the large incision, the same thing happens to your insides and the internal heaing requires time and patience.
So, don't let your hubby be a hero. Walking is great -- lifting is a no-no. Also, he may be a little loopy from the anesthesia for a couple of weeks -- at least I was. On more than one occassion, my wife answered one of my questions and then told me that I had asked the same question three times in the past two weeks!
After surgery, your husband may be leery about
going out and driving or shopping on his own. At times, I would get light-headed for some reason, and didn't want to be alone away from home -- especially alone with my 12-year-old. I was also amazed at how a simple task like having dinner at a friends house or watching one of my son's football games would absolutely exhaust me. I began to wonder if I'd ever feel like my old self again.
But all that is gone now -- Woo-Hoo!! By about
week seven, I was my old self again -- a late-bloomer by most standards -- but back in action, thank God.
I suggest men's pads, either Serenity or Depends. The dearest is the cheapest, so avoid the Safeway/Albertson etc. generics. They are much less soft and your husband will appreciate the softness in that area.
Also, get him some old fashioned jockies -- I recommend Fruit of the Loom. He may need the support for his testicles. After surgery, I went right back to my beloved boxers and it was a big mistake -- set me back for a few weeks. I had no swelling or anything but felt like my right nut weighed about
30 pounds -- not fun.
And finally, as far as Kegels go, be sure he knows how to do them properly. Otherwise, he will waste his time and energy. There is a lot of info. buried in this forum on the Kegels. (Bluebird knows what to do)
Best of luck to you. You're both going to be fine. I'm so glad you've chosen a treatment you feel good about
. Best to ya!
54 years old
PSA = First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1
Biopsy results 11/22/06 (6 out of 8 cores positive), both lobes, Gleason 3+3 = 6
Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007
Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.
First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07