My Brother has decided to have The da Vinci procedure performed for his recently diagnosed prostate cancer.
He's going to come to Orlando to have it done.
A local surgeon, Dr. Vipal Patel has performed more than anyone on record and has an outstanding success rate (he has performed over 5000!).
On his web page there's a chart that compares his statistics vs. "The Average Doctor (and I'm assuming he means The Average Urologist Doctor!)."
He performs the procedure in approximately an hour and 45 minutes.
"The Average Doctor" performs the same procedure in 2 hours and 42 minutes.
That's good...one hour less of anesthesia time is always a good thing!
His average hospital stay is 1.1 days and "The Average Doctor" hospital stay is 1.4 days.
My first thought was big deal...you're still going to get charged for 2 hospital days.
On closer analysis, however, it's a difference between 26.4 hours in the hospital vs. 33.6 hours in the hospital.
For anyone who has been a patient in a hospital, I'm sure you are well aware that those 7.2 hours can be the difference between maintaining your sanity or LOSING it.
It's a statistic that's very worthy of bragging rights!