Post Edited (GerryHE) : 5/15/2005 9:39:34 AM (GMT-6)
Garry: You are not alone. I had robotic laproscopic prostate surgery March 2, and catheter removed March 8. As with you, I fell fine and recoveery from surgerory was quick. However, since that time I have had pretty much total urinary incontinence (not bowel - which seems fine). It is a little over two months and I am using about 3 or 4 pads a day. Night time is prretty much dry as I lie down and my pad is more or less dry in the morning. Same goes for sitting. But when I stand up after lying or sitting for a period, I have no ability to hold my urine. I have consulted with my surgeon, a respected and capable uroligist, who said to come back at three months, and that we would discuss treatments.Of the 105 opeerations done by him on the robot, he says I am the only one to have aalmost complete urinary incontinence.A google review says that this is a long term issue, and I continue to "kegel", and will undertake a more rigorous schedule. Let's stay in touch. Ron
Post Edited (GerryHE) : 5/12/2005 8:29:47 AM (GMT-6)
Gerry: Maybe I have turned a corner. Can now stay dry all night, and walk to john in the morning and void under some control. Whew! Today, for first time, I was able to stand up from chair and walk to John without a "gush". I have been doing my kegels and i think they make a difference. i still "leak" a lot and am wearing 3 pads a day. I searched the web for advice re kegels, as I had trouble locating the exact muscles. The most helpful site was www.miltonstaydry.co.uk. There are three attachments -a guide, an exercise program, andpost-control. I also have done some research re pads and find the Tena Day Pad (blue) vry good.
Hope this is helpful. Ron
Hi James in LA,
I've been trying to read up as much as I can on the Internet, but I can only do so much at a time. After a while, the whole thing just overwhelms me, and I start to cry.
So if I could lean on you --- You said: "... robotic, laparascopic procedure, has many advantages over traditional surgery when it comes to surgical precision and to various aspects of healing".
You think so? Robotic just sounds scary... (Ha - what doesn't right!) I know that my husband is already leaning towards laparascopic but we haven't figured out regular vs robotic yet.
PS. Having gone through child birth and being quite familiar with Kegel exercices, I'd say: Do 'em any time you can remember to do them. I've made a mental association between driving my car and doing them. Good luck!