From bob1949 (22 Jan 08)
I’ve been a member a short time, reluctant I had to join, but enjoy the site tremendously and made a few posts but have mostly been reading, trying to learn. Since my Da-Vinci surgery isn’t scheduled until 25 February in VA, I’ve had plenty of time to get confused by what I’m reading. I realize its probably/maybe/hopefully normal for those that are post-surgery or successfully working through recovery already, so, please excuse my naive brain at this point. My Conditions/Meds are in my signature (Atrial Fibrilation, Post Kidney Cancer/Removal in 2002, Gastric By-Pass Surgery in 2005), but I guess I get confused because, although I did general research and talking to family, I’ve only talked to my actual surgeon once so far and obviously didn’t know the questions/possible concerns I know now. YES, I’m still going thru with this J L
I am hearing things like obviously “Pads,” from 4-8 a day? Incontinence lasting from days, to weeks, to even months? I assume this voiding is from the rectal area or is it coming from the penis also, or both, and, just how bad can it be? Could anyone give me info how this would possibly effect an anticipated trip to Disney World with grandkids (lots of walking, or Wheelchair/Scooter) for Early May if my Da-Vinci is Feb 28th. Obviously, I’m worried about Sneezing & Coughing (Allergies), having to remain in certain positions? (We have wall-to-wall carpeting, is that a problem, am I gonna be dragging my butt around too? Ha ha
ED is something my wife and I don’t talk about a lot but from the message board I’m thinking this is going to open up a entire new dialog on, the message board almost going into a sex-chat board at times ha ha, wondering about body parts changing colors, attaining erections while sitting on a bathroom stool, from urinating in my wife, from peeing all over my wife and the bed (platic sheets?) taking shots and large dosage of Viagra, Tri-Mix etc to perform, even from those who’s posts indicate they are post surgery for a while
I tend to hear the Stress level among Prostate patients is higher as well as Tear production (Crying)
I hear about the Nerves or Nerve Bundles and Nodes being spared or removed, can anyone elaborate on these. Also, my surgeon has warned about the possibility that when he goes in (Da-Vinci) if there is too much scare tissue from previous surgeries he’ll have to open me up, so, I guess that would further any and all complications, back everything up further ?
I anticipate one night in hospital, and I’m sure the Dr will tell us what to expect, but to what degree am I going to be a infant in my wife’s arms when I return home?
Pre-Treatment PSA: 7.38
2004: Trus Biospy: Suspicious but followup
2007: Trus Biospy, 12 Samples, "Positive"
Gleason 3+3 = 6, T1C Diagnosed December 2007
Prostate, 60 grams
Age 58, 6'5, 233
Da-Vinci Scheduled: 25 February 2008 @
INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax Virginia
Dr. Simon S. Chung