• Robotic Prostatectomy

    Asked by Jaime34741 on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Robotic Prostatectomy

    Part 2 of 2: My recent CT test revealed the cancer cells are localized and the lymph nodes are not affected at the moment. My bone scan test came back with a left hip Abnormality, but the MRI cleared that it was nothing which As a result, I was declared Stage 1. I currently do not have symptoms, but slight frequent urination due to the excessive water I drink. I am very fortunate to live nearby a renowned prostate cancer center, Florida Hospital Global Robotics Institute in Celebration Fl, and also UF Healthcare Cancer Center in downtown Orlando and after careful consideration my top choice is to have a robotic prostatectomy. I will admit I am a bit nervous and the idea of a robot performing a delicate procedure is frightening. The surgeon that I researched is Dr. Vipul Patel (Celebration) to is considered to be one of the best in the country. I would like to know based on my story could anybody provide some insight on Robotic Surgery.

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    • brendan's Avatar

      Radical prosectomy was fantastic for me, no scars, virtually no incontinence at all, and back at work after two weeks. I had few challenges as well with ED, and it was mostly working again after 6 months, I hated Viagra which made me feel like I drank a bottle of whisky the following day, and Cialis was worse. My wife was fantastic, and her sense of humor got things moving again, :-)

      about 5 years ago
    • BruceG's Avatar

      Jamie, I had my robotic prostatectomy in October of 2012 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Like you, I researched my surgeon carefully. At the end of the day, the robot is merely a tool and you need the right operator. Compared to an "open" procedure, blood loss is minimal (the surgeon who I was considering for an open proecedure told me that I should bank two units of blood beforehand -- what does that tell you?); less traumatic on your body; requires less time with the catheter; and generally requires only one night's stay instead of two in the hospital following surgury all of which allows you to recover/heal more quickly. The robotic procedure is arguably more precise too increasing the chances of a more successful nerve sparing procedure. Some of the best advice that I received from others who have gone through this is to get yourself in the best physical shape that you can before surgery. You'll fee better about yourself and you'll recover more quickly. Good luck.

      about 5 years ago
    • hms03049's Avatar

      Hi Jamie,

      Have you had the surgery yet? How did it go?

      about 5 years ago

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