Is Waiting Two Months for the Roboic Surgery Risky?

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 8/7/2007 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   

It's Maria Teresa. The urologist told my husband that there is a two month waiting list for the robotic surgery. Is waiting this long a dangerous thing? I guess this is a question I should ask the doctor when we see him again on August 20. I'm so very worried. I'm just going to let it all out....If I lost my husband I don't know what I would do. I am 44 years old but I haven't worked in seven years because of an anxiety disorder. I used to be a Quality Manager for a hospital. My husband is my sole support as we don't have any other family. We don't have children either. My husband does a great job taking care of me as I rarely leave the house because of the anxiety. I hope all of you will pray for me to be strong and help my husband. And I'm so worried that we are going to become financially destitute. Thank you for listening, it means so much to me!

Maria Teresa

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 8/7/2007 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Maria Teresa,

You two are of course in our prayers!  I see you are trying to be strong and focus on what you must do to be smart right now.  This is good.  Cry when you feel like it - but study your options - and be there for each other.  You two will make it through this.

If there is even a possibility you are going to use this physician for the surgery, I would go ahead and schedule the surgery for the 2 month wait.  This length of time before getting into surgery with a qualified physician is quite common - and you could get invited into a cancellation sooner than that.  You can always cancel if "a better offer" comes up.  Most such offers (for example, from second opinions) also a waiting list.

The "8 gleeson" and the reality of a waiting list does make moving on to a choice important.
There have been some postings about financial cost.  I recall that most surgery patients with insurance spent out-of-pocket between $2,500 and $5,000 U.S.
Of course the complications that come with doing nothing cost ever so much more.

Your friends here are a great sounding board for your fears, concerns, joys, and celebrations.
Keep an optimistic smile on your face whenever you can.  It will help both of you.

Your Friend,


2 Years of PSA between 4 and 5.5  + Biopsy 23DEC06 
Only 5 percent cancer in one of 8 samples.  +  Gleeson 3+3=6
Radical Prostatectomy 16FEB07 at age 54.
1+" tumor - touching inside edge of gland.  + Confined:)
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 8/7/2007 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maria,

Our surgeon told us that he wanted to wait 2 months to allow the area to heal from the biopsy procedure.

Age 52
Diagnosed 2/19/07
10 of 24 cores positive
Gleason 3+3=6 Changed to Gleason 3+4=7 after surgical pathology
DaVinci Prostatectomy May 11, 2007 at Univ. of Mich. Hospital
Stage: T2b
Pathology: May 16 - Cancer confined to prostate, Margins, Lymph & Seminal Vesicles all CLEAR!
Father and Uncle had prostate cancer
First PSA after surgery- July 5, 2007 = <0.01 !!!!!!!

enough already....
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/7/2007 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband just chose to have laproscopic surgery at Boston Mass General and canceled his August 29th surgery for the DaVinci Robot at CMC in Manchester, NH.

I am praying that he made the right decision, but for anyone out there on a waiting list, he just created an opening. Maybe that's an answer to someone else's prayers.

Hang in there-
Supportive wife (age 46) of Dave (age 50)
diagnosed 7/19/07  Gleason 3+4

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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 152
   Posted 8/8/2007 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Maria, Don't worry too much. I was diagnosed in May 07 and I just had may surgery 8 days ago. PCA is normally slow growing and if there was a reason to hurry your Dr. would have moved your husband up. Also, CVK is right because my Dr. said the same thing about allowing the biopsy area to heal.
Age 44
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3+3=6
Da Vinci 7/31/07 @ Duke
2.5 hr. surgery, released from Duke with in 14 hrs.
Saved both nerve bundles. 

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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 152
   Posted 8/8/2007 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
enough already - If I'm not mistaked the DiVinci and Laproscopic surgeries are the same. In my research I never saw one or the other because the Divinci is a laproscopic surgery. I just had the Divinci surgery and it has been great 8 days post.
Age 44
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3+3=6
Da Vinci 7/31/07 @ Duke
2.5 hr. surgery, released from Duke with in 14 hrs.
Saved both nerve bundles. 

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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 8/8/2007 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   

I was diagnosed on 11/8/06 and had my surgery on 1/09/07 so just at two months after and so far everything has looked good with the follow up PSA tests to date. It takes about that time to get over the biopsy and get yourself in the best shape possible to help with incontenence etc. I did as much walking as I could during this time and I think that really helped. Good luck to you in your journey.

Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Pathology report 3+4=7 some agressive 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
Catheter removed 1-18-07 suffered bladder spasms Catheter reattached 1-18-07
Catheter removed 2nd time 1-24-07
1st Post PSA Blood Test 3-22-07 <.1 Undetectable
2nd Post PSA Blood Test 7/5/07 <.1 Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test Scheduled for 11/12/07
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.

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