Today is my second day since my robotic surgery. I am 52 years old. With a PSA of 4.1, I referred for a biopsy. 4 of 12 were positive with a Gleason of 3+3. After checking out ALL of my options, I decided on the DaVinci procedure. I wanted the best surgeon out there and finally decided on Dr. Patel from the Global Robotic Institute just outside of Orlando, FL. I have to admit the pressure was building leading up to surgery, but I was 100% convinced this was the only option for me, based upon my age.
Dr. Patel is a very nice and capable man. He reassured my wife and I that everything would come out fine. His staff and facility was amazing. I was brought into surgery at 12:30 and got out at 3:45, a little longer than I thought. The only thing that I remember is seeing the machines in the OR, after that, nothing. Even the catheter was put in after I was asleep.
What amazed me the most was getting up at 1:00am, just a few hours after surgery and walking the hallways. I remember my Dad being laid up for a week, 15 years ago when he had the open surgery. The next morning I had a little to eat took a couple of Tylenol and got up and walked out of the hospital. Since being home, I feel fine. There are couple of issues. The catheter is there, not really a problem though. I already had a senior moment and tried to walk away without the bag. That will get your attention real quick. The gas in your belly is also there. It is not terrible though. It is just something that has to pass. I took pain pills with me but don't really use, just when I go to bed. Getting up and walking really seems to help. Also drinking lots of water I think is also helpful.
Anybody who is considering the DaVinci procedure should know that the first day or two afterwards are very manageable. I will try and keep you posted on my days ahead.
I am scheduled to have the cath removed on Monday and get the pathology. Dr. Patel assured me that my nerve bundles were spared so hopefully I can be fully functional at some point down the road.