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   Posted 1/26/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
This site is great!
Where else can you go to get guys to open up on subjects such as leakage (from my prior post).
I did have my RALP surgery. I am in my 3rd day of recovery. Overall, pain wasn't too bad. It's more like a major discomfort. I knew that the "catheter thing" was going to be annoying - but I didn't expect it to be THAT annoying. It's like it is it's own appendage.
Experiencing some swelling in the legs and noticed that a portion of my testicles are "black-n-blue".  Had anyone experienced either one of these?  It's hard to tell what is normal anymore.
Just had my first BM today....I was "really" trying to be careful with that - especially since the doctor said "no straining". Been taking the stool softeners (not sure if they really do anything).
Been continuously walking around the house just to keep the circulation going. I'm keeping in mind what everyone has stated, "take it easy". So, I'm resting alot.....which is good for me physically - but mentally, I wish I could do more. I guess, "physical" wins!
First post-op appt is 2/1.....I will hopefully be able to say, "bye", to my catheter.

Age: 51
Gleeson: 3+3 = 6
Diagnosed: Oct 2007
RALP surgery: Jan: 2008 (Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia)

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 218
   Posted 1/26/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
There you and glad you are posting. In no time you will get that thing out and be on your way. Keep it clean where it comes out. I guess you figured out no underwear is better.

Post when you can.

12/06/07 DaVinci and LRP

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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 598
   Posted 1/26/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey! Congrats. you've made it. Isn't that catheter thing a drag? I told me teenage son that size did matter finally...my appendage was draggging around on the floor behind me. i told him to eat his heart out. The BM's are miserable with the cath in. Yes the stool softeners do help...in fact, I still take them three weeks out cause constipation is a very common side affect of all this and wow, does it hurt if it isn't easy. you're right...where in the world do guys sit around and talk about this stuff???
Obey the doc's orders!
47 at Diagnosis.
Father died of Pca 4/07 at 86.
1/06 PSA 3.15
1/07 PSA 4.6      (Biopsy 3/07 just suspicious)
10/07 PSA 5.06   (Biopsy 11/07  1 of 12 with 8% involvment) (1mm)
Da Vinci surgery Jan 5, '08 at Mt. Sinai Hosp. NYC  www.roboticoncology.com
Saved both nerve bundles.
Path Report:  Stage 2cNxMx
-Gleason (3+3)6
-totally contained to prostate,
-10% involvement in L & R Mid lobes

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 365
   Posted 1/26/2008 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you're doing well Philly. I say keep taking the stool softeners and drinking plenty of water right now-- especially during the day. I was told to drink tons (gallons) of water during the first weeks after surgery and it drove me nuts at times, but I drank it.
Also (check with your doc first) don't write off the benefits of stool softeners right now. They come in very handy, even if they result in very loose BMs for you. You need to keep the plumbing going. Before you know it, you'll be off the softeners and back to your old routine.
Best to ya,

D.O.B - 8/9/52

PSA: First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1

DRE: Negative

Biopsy results 11/22/06.  Both lobes involved.  Six out of eight cores positive - from 100 percent to 90, to 60, to 50, two 20s and two zeros.

Gleason 3+3 = 6

Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007

Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.  Volume of tumor much less than biopsy suggested.  12 percent overall.

First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07

Second post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 9/11/07

Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 1/27/2008 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Philly--It's good to hear from you and to know that you are in the recovery stage after your succesful surgery. Take care and hang in there...Tim
Age 59 PSA 2.6 PSA velocity quadrupled in 1 yr 
1 of 12 biopsy cores positive Open RP 6/21/06  Gleason 5
Cancer confined to prostate  Post-op PSA's non-detectable

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 218
   Posted 1/27/2008 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Phillysub how are you doing?
12/06/07 DaVinci and LRP

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 1/27/2008 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the other side. Good luck with the pathology results as well. Happy Healing!

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 1/27/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Philly,

That's a big hurdle behind you on the way to recovery. Congrats on a great job!!! Now take it easy, kegel a lot and bask in the knowledge that you have conquered the enemy.

Let's get well together...

Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06.  Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C N0 MX. Gleason 3+4.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 1/17/08 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 7/17/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."

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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 1/28/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome and it looks like you have cleared one big hurdle in getting the surgery behind you. Take it easy give yourself a chance to heal. Good luck with the patholgy report and future PSA test's, may you get nothing but 0's.

Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Pathology report 4+3=7 a couple agressive Grade 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
Catheter removed 1-18-07 suffered bladder spasms Catheter reattached 1-18-07 Catheter removed 2nd time 1-24-07
1st & 2nd Post PSA Blood Test .1 and less - Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 01-17-07 .3-Next action awaits me.
Next PSA Scheduled and meeting with Radiologist set for 3-27-08
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 2/3/2008 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
tongue  Hey ~ Phillysub,
Welcome Home!!!

We are ~  Thinking of You ~ and wanted to let you know!

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy



Helping to keep your journey together....

Started by: phillysub

02-01-08  I DID IT!! (RALP) Update #1

01-26-08  I DID IT!!!! (RALP)

01-25-08  Catheter Leakage

12-29-07  Enlarged prostate and (post-surgery) incontinence

12-10-07  Need to pick: surgery in Jan or April?

11-18-07  Robotic in Phila area.


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robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP)

laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP)

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