Oct 19, 2010 - 7:45 pm
In all of the reading I have done prior to my surgery, I found little to nothing on having surgery if you are on blood thinners. As it turned it, that became a problem in my surgery and resulted in a 12 day hospital stay, another opertation at night to address a problem, and 2 blood tranfusions.
My surgeon was well aware of the thinners I am taking for an artifical heart valve and he did talk with me about the risks and complication potential. While he has close to 1000 Da vinci procedures under his belt, he has had only 4 that had thinners involved. That surprised me as I thought there were a fair number of people on thinners.
So, the purpose of my posting is to be sure to take into accout whether you are on thinners or not in making your treatment choice. In my case, I still choose the operation since my prostate was enlarged and presented an issue that would still need to be addressed with radiation. As it turns out, while they were doing the first surgery they found two hernias that he fixed and would have to have been addressed somehow in the future. Not sure how radiation treatment would have impacted treatment for an enlarged prostate and hernias.