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Bob1949
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 24
   Posted 2/27/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone, thank you for all your support
No difficulties, or complications with my Da Vinci ((25 Feb)) at INOVA Fairfax Hosp, Dr Simon Chung of Dominin Urology in VA
Pre-OP to Surgery approx 7am, into Post-OP at Noon, into a room by 5pm.
Both Nerves spared
Must say learning to flush a catheter was a joy haha
Will conintue to monitor board, readily available to answer anyones questions
Currently starting to build a relationship with my day and night bag and flip a coin to see who does the dirty work, me or my wife
Bob1949 (Bob)
Southern Maryland
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
DX:  Kidney Cancer/Removal, Prostate Cancer/Scheduled Removal, Atrial Fibrillation, Gastric By-Pass
Da-Vinci Ccompleted: 25 February 2008 @
INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax Virginia
Dr. Simon S. Chung
Both nerves sparred
 


biker90
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1463
   Posted 2/27/2008 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Bob1949,

Its great to have the surgery behind us. Congrats and take it easy...

Jim
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."
 


mvesr
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 2/27/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bob. Welcome to the other side. Don't overdo it but walk as much as you can. Hoping for a speedy recovery for you.

Mika
age at dx 54 now 55
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
wear one for insurance now
ED still a problem
last PSA undetectable
 


norskie
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 2/27/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad you have made the first step a sucessful one and your on the way to recovery. Just take it easy and give yourself time to heal. Good luck in your recovery process.

Norskie
norskie
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.


spinbiscuit
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 2/27/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Bob,

Glad to hear that everything went well. Now you just need to heal, and build up your strength. Eat lots of protein your body needs it. Don't try lifting anything heavier than a 1/2 gal. of milk for at least 4-5 months. This may sound overly cautious, but it's important not to strain those abdominal muscles.

I hope your recovery goes well, please keep us posted.

Glen
Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. margins
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06
Last PSA 08/26/07 @ 18 months "0"


Magaboo
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 1209
   Posted 2/27/2008 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Welcome to 'the other side'. Congratulations on your successful surgery. Wishing you a complete and speedy recovery.
 
Magaboo

Born Sept., 1936
PSA 7.9
Stage T1C
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7
2 of 8 positive
Open RP 28 Nov 06
Post op staging T3
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06
Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) = 0
 
 
 
 


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 2/27/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bob,
Congrats on the surgery.  Sounds like you're doing well.  I used the big bag almost all of the time.  The leg bag was a bit cumbersome.  I'm in the minority, though.  I just strapped the bigger bag with some velcro on the calf and wore sweats.  I was able to walk well and never had the urge to pee, just empty once in a while.  Distant memory for me, but I have blocked out the removal process.  eyes
 
I have prayers I say every night, Bob, and I'll pray for a smooth recovery and a great result.  Take it easy and just get well.
 
Tony
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, 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
Current PSA (1/08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
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STAY POSITIVE!
 
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Frank1205
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 308
   Posted 2/28/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Bob,

Great news.  I hope you have a quick recovery.  Keep posting during your recovery so guys like me who are awaiting theirs can feel your progress.

 

Frank


Diagnosed 01-08-08
Age 53
2004 PSA 8 biopsy negative
2008 PSA 6 biopsy positive 1 in 3
Gleason 3+3 = 6
Bone Scan negative
Wet CT negative
T1C
Robotic Scheduled March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago
Dr. Arieh Shalhav


Bob1949
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 24
   Posted 2/28/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Frank
 
Best of Luck back at ya too
As Im sure youre read many times on here, and its easy for us to say, but afterwards youre agree its a piece of cake.  Just have to be careful and remember everyone is different
 
As long as you have a good surgical team and ask questions, follow post op instructions, at least in my case, there is no pain, just obvious soreness and humilitary wearing a sidekick bag for a week or so
 
ONLY regret I had was I didnt get to meet R2D2, he was hiding behind the door I guess til they put me out
Bob1949 (Bob)
Southern Maryland
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
DX:  Kidney Cancer/Removal, Prostate Cancer/Scheduled Removal, Atrial Fibrillation, Gastric By-Pass
Da-Vinci Ccompleted: 25 February 2008 @
INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax Virginia
Dr. Simon S. Chung
Both nerves sparred
 


JCL
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 2/28/2008 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to see you made it across that bridge with no complications, Bob. Like others have said, take it easy but walk regularly. Here's hoping and praying for a good post-op pathology report.

Jack
Diagnosed: March 25, 2007. Age 49
Biopsy: Gleason 6. Five of twelve samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
Surgery: May 21, 2007
Post-op Pathology: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes. T2c
Continence: Out of pads at five weeks. Seven months post-op I'm fully continent.
Erections: Yes! With the assistance of Cialis.
Post Surgery PSA: Three tests, all <0.1
Family history: Great-great grandfather died from PC. My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had an undetectable PSA ever since. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.


CPA
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 2/28/2008 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations, Bob.  Welcome to the other side of surgery.  I had mine Feb 4 and returned to work this week.  I know the catheter is a pain but it is doing vital work.  It was a relief to get mine out after 10 days.  The first time I wore the small bag was when I went to the surgeon's office to have the catheter removed.  I just found it easier to use the big bag and hide it with a coat or in my pants.  Take it easy for these next few weeks - you are on your way!  David
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