Da Vinci Surgery at age 73??

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 2/27/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone had Da Vinci surgery at this age? I am considering this and will be 74 in July.

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 2/27/2008 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I had open surgery at 72 and came through it fine. My post-op pathology showed no capsular penetration and no spread outside the prostate. BTW I will be 74 in July also...

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 Jul 2006
Total Posts : 681
   Posted 2/28/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
A close friend, and one of my golf partners, is a very youthful and fit 76.  After his diagnosis he met with two urologists who would not do surgery.  He finally found one who said yes he would do surgery, but he too recommended radiation.
He eventually decided on the radiation and is completing a 9 week course of treatments next week.  He says, things are going well.
I don't know if was just his age or the fact he had prior prostate problems, but most seem to avoid surgery on older men.  in my case at age 65, surgery was all they wanted to consider.
Go figure.

Biopsy 10/16/06
T2A,  PSA 4.7
Gleason 4+4=8 right side
adrenocarcinoma of prostate
DaVinci Surgery 01/16/07
Post op report,confirms Gleason4+4=8 , no extra extension or invasion
No continence problems
PSA results 90 day (-.01) 6 months (-.01) 9 months (+.02)
PSA one year (+.02)
Using Caverject/viagra for continuing ED problems (one year)

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