Dec 16, 2007 - 3:15 pm
32 hours after checking into Washington Hospital Center for a Robotic Assisted Prostatectomy I returned home. No pain, no meds other than motrin. Amazing. Many thanks for the decision support and all the pre and post op suggestions, particularly Roger's advice to exercise prior to surgery.
The pathology report is encouraging. He found a small, previously undetected, tumor (T2a). Margins, seminal vesicles and lymph nodes are negative. He took 10% of the right nerve due to PNI. From many of the recent comments, I know that I have continence and PSA issues ahead of me. However, compared with what I expected, todays data and the recovery to date are a blessing.
Having worked as a surgical technician for two years during college, I had scrubbed in on the old style open prostatectomy. I am astounded at the improvements in the technology for the drains, catheters, suturing and bandaging, not to mention the procedure itself. I had a chance to talk with Dr Hwang's chief operating room nurse and the anesthesiologist pre-op. What a knowledgeable sophisticated team. Still, I am not wanting to return any time soon.