I had my robotic surgery on November 1, 2006. I was originally scheduled for 10:00 AM but I was called the afternoon before and told that the 8:00 AM patient had a complication and I was moved up. The hospital where I had my surgery was two hours from my home. I arrived at about 7:00 AM and within 15 monutes was taken back to a surgery holding room with my wife. Changed into the gown and was hooked up to an IV and another IV connection was made in the other arm. I was asked by the technician to explain why I was there and what procedure was being done. This question was posed at least three or four times by different people. The antithesiologist(sp?) came in and talked to me. The surgical assistant then came in and introduced herself and said that she would be making the incisions. She showed me where they would be and then wrote her initials where the large one would be made above my navel. I was told in the pre-op meeting that I would be given a drug that would not put me to sleep but I would not remember what happened after the drug was administered until I woke up in recovery. They came in about 7:50 and told me they were going to give me the drug and I kissed my wife and as they said I did not remember anything until I woke up. This was remarkable because they tell me that I responded to them and helped them get me on the surgical table. I woke up in recovery at about 11:30 AM and immediately recognized that I was having a bladder spasm. I told the nurse and she gave me a suppository and a pill and the spasm immediately stopped. My mouth was already dry and this just made it like cotton. I did not have any pain. They gave me a device to suck on to make sure my lungs were working right and to prevent pneumonia. I was feeling very good and sucked the little pea right where they told me. Around 12:30 PM they said I was ready to go to a room but one was not available and I stayed in recovery until about 2:00 Pm when one came open. My wife was obvious upset because I was in recovery longer then they said I would be. I got to the room and then had another bladder spasm which was taken care of with a pill. That was the last one that I had. I felt terrific with no pain but with considerable abdomen soreness. It felt like I had done 100 situps. I was up and walking around 8:00 PM and could not sleep so i walked the hallways most of the night. The JP drain was removed about 1:00 PM the next day and I left the room at 2:00 PM exactly 24 hours after getting there from surgery. They gave me pain pills to take if I needed them but I only took Tylenol which did the trick. We stayed at a local motel that night for precautionary reasons and then went home the next morning. The day after I came home I walked about a half mile and then two days later about a mile but that was pushing it.
That is about it.
Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07
Undetectable PSA on 6/25/07