Post Surgery DaVinci 25 Feb 2008

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   Posted 3/5/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Again All,
Had Successful Da-Vinci (well maybe not!) @ INOVA Fairfax Va on 25 Feb 2008
My wife Joanne and I had a standard surgical follow-up appt with my surgeon, Dr Simon Chung, of Dominion Urology to discuss my surgery (removal of Prostate, saving of Nerves), Pathology report and get that darn Catheter out ha ha
My Biospies and all Pre-OP work indicated my PC was Stage-1 and was contained within the Prostate.  However, today I found out the Cancer had progressed out of the Prostate into the neck of the Bladder.  Biospies were taken during Da-Vinci that confirmed that fact.  I was told I'm still in the 60-70% success range but should continue to monitor my PSA every 3 months and consider the possibility of Radiation at a later time based on how, or if the Cancer progresses.
I now sit here with Depends diapers on, performing Kagels as often as I can as I type this.  One of my Pre-OP appointments, before I decided on Da-Vinci was to discuss with a Radiation Oncologist the possibility of Radiation, or Da-Vinci.  The Oncologist indicated that surgery in my case was preferred over radiation, then if I had the cancer spread, or the Da-Vinci didnt get it all, I could always go back in with Radiation and "Clean Up."
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

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   Posted 3/5/2008 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   

  tongue Hey ~ Bob,

It’s time to stay on this healing/recovery stepping-stone for a little while longer so you can mentally and physically get stronger.....this will allow you to be strong for any future challenges that you “may” have to face down the road.  Take time (easy for me to say ) but it is really important that you do… and your wife too!  The ups and downs can wear us down.

We agree with you about kegels and walking… very important for the recovery but too much of either is not good either.  Buddy noticed clots after a little too much walking so cut back and took in more liquids and things cleared up.  Glad you reached your doctor about the flushing… Hope things are better for you in that area.

Our thoughts are with you as you continue to move forward ~ knowing our wings surrounds you both with warmth.  Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers.

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


Helping to keep Bob's Journey together ~ 

Thank you for sharing each stepping-stone in your path...  A gift we are grateful for. yeah


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Post Surgery DaVinci 25 Feb 2008

1st Week Walking


Successful Da Vinci

Learning and Confused

Cart before the Horse?

Unfortunately "NEW"

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   Posted 3/6/2008 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry to hear that your pathology report wasn't what you were hoping for.  I hate reading these posts, because I know the feeling of wanting so badly to have the report come back all clear.  However, it has been six months since my father had his surgery and received his poor path report.  He started radiation this week.  From our experience, whatever it is have time to get better, both physically and mentally and take one step at a time. Heal from your surgery and listen your body.  Good luck and God Bless!  Just another stepping stone.  Keep us posted!
Father's Information
DX July 15, 2007
Age 62 (now 63)
PSA 5.5
Original Gleason 3+4=7 
Post Surgery Gleason- 4+3=7
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin
One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
T3a N1 M0
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07
Lupon beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yr
Radiation soon to follow

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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 65
   Posted 3/6/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Bob,

Glad you have the surgery behind you and the cath out.  I'm so sorry the path report wasn't what you had hoped for.  But like Bluebird said, for now.. concentrate on getting healed and feeling better not just physically, but also mentally.  Did your doc tell you to do the kegels so often?  Randy's doc said to only do them once a day right before bedtime, so his body could rest and heal overnight.  If he got anxious and did too many, he was quite sore and had a little set back.  One thing for certain, the road to recovery is a long slow steady pace of being patient and confident that your body is healing inside and out at the rate it should be. 

60 - 70% range sounds positive to me.  Keep your chin up and positive thoughts and take it one day at a time, if necessary, half a day at a time. 

You will be in our prayers.


Husband 55 years old
No symptoms
PSA taken on routine health exam
06/18/07  PSA 9.2
07/14/07  Put on antibiotics for a month
09/18/07  PSA 8.77
09/18/07  PSA % Free  9.61
10/17/07  Biopsy =  Gleason 3 + 4  (7)
10/17/07  Biopsy 40% Right Side less than 5% Left Side
12/31/07  D Day!  Davinci Surgery Day - Jon Huntsman Cancer Institute
12/31/07  Left side nerves spared, Right side partial, right nodes taken
01/11/08  Cath removed, post-op gleason 3 + 3 = 6, nodes clear
                Margins - capsular invasion but no penetration.  T2C
02/08/08  Dry pad free
02/08/08  Started taking low dosage of Viagra
02/08/08  1st Post-op PSA Undetectable!  0.1

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