• DaVinci

    Asked by lindi143 on Thursday, May 7, 2015

    DaVinci

    My husband is having the Davinci surgery in a few weeks he is a bit overweight and the stress from all this is making him eat more. I really cant say anything he is fighting cancer now and that is his comfort. I know we should not but we are really stressed and so we eat. I am overeating too soooo. Anyone have insight as to if the surgery is that much more complicated on overweight men?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I had it for hysterectomy for uterine cancer, and I'm also overweight. The surgery took longer than expected, but I had scar tissue from a previous c-section. I'm sure the doctor wouldn't do the procedure if they don't think it can be done on him. There's always the case that they may run into situations where they have to do an open surgery, but won't know that til they get into the surgery. Ask the doctor if you have more questions.

      over 4 years ago
    • lindi143's Avatar
      lindi143

      Thank you the doctor did not say there would be any problem just said if you can lose some before surgery and my husband said I have gained this since I found out and the dr was very kind and said yes i understand it is sooo hard to suddenly find out you have cancer.
      Thank you for your answer. it is so nice to talk to others.

      over 4 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Probably NOT a problem BUT being Thin and Healthy is the best way to go especially as we age.

      over 4 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar
      CrazyHarry

      My surgeon told me I was a little too cuddly. Between the chemo and radiation treatments and associated medical complication, I was able to lose 30 pounds. My surgeon was a robot who stood over me for 7 hours to extract all of the cancer. That was 2 years ago and I'm here to report that all is well, and I was easily able to put the weight back on. :)

      over 4 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar
      msesq

      I am in the same position as you. The surgeon told my husband in March to lose as much weight as possible and even put off surgery for him to do it. He had 50 pounds to lose in 3 months and so far he's only lost 12. I am not sure waiting for surgery was the right call as he is scared the cancer has spread. Surgery is June 2 and he still has a long way to go. This is awful stress.

      over 4 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar
      msesq

      PS the reason we were told to lose weight was to give more room for the robot to work and to help with recovery of bladder control. My hubby is about 50 lbs overweight.

      over 4 years ago
    • lindi143's Avatar
      lindi143

      MSESQ - mine is about 30 and i agree the waiting is what is causing him to gain more weight. Im sure the telling him to lose does not outweigh the stress of waiting for the surgery the unknowns get bigger the stress increases, the what ifs pile up and so we eat to get a bit of distraction and comfort. It is what it is and Im not going to make a big deal he is really scared and we are doing the best we can. Thank you for talking with me about this it really helps me,

      over 4 years ago
    • George132's Avatar
      George132

      Same here.... my goal is to maintain my weight and continue to be active.. stepping up the walking. For me, I don't think it's a good time to lose weight. Wish I could, but know my limitations. The Doc said being overweight is less of a factor with the DaVinci. Wish all of us could meet for a drink afterwards. Telling my wife to bring scotch in the recovery room;)

      over 4 years ago

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