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   Posted 3/6/2008 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
 Hi, everyone back in the Lodge,had the Surgery yesterday 

Morning, did pretty good after, but one hurting puppy right now, stomach still bloated, am passing gas. No bowel movement as of yet, walking my legs off. Any ideas?  Dr  Tully said the prostate was small, came out easy, and did a pathology right then, said margins clean, organ confined. He left a good stump.

 Will get the whole report next week. Thank you for all the advice and support.


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   Posted 3/6/2008 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Tully was my surgeon too. We really liked him. Hope your recovery goes well.
Diagnosed 8/24/06
Gleason 6
PSA 3.32
stage T1C
age 48
da Vinci on 10/20/06
Last PSA Oct '07 = ZERO
Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Friend
"Never miss a good chance to listen."

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   Posted 3/6/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for you, Fatcat! Now the recovery...be patient, be good (that means follow the doc's orders) and this is the time you can pass gas as much as possible ;-)
Take a nap,
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 PSA: 7.96 No Symptoms
2/09/06: LRP - Post Pathology - Gleason 4+3 Stage T2b NO MX
3 mo. PSA: 11.8 Stage T3a
6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Stage IV Systemic w/ distant lymph node involvement
Start HT - Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
PSA - Undetectable since 6/07/07

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   Posted 3/6/2008 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck with your recovery. Just take things slow and easy. You will be feeling fine soon. But you have to remember you have had a major surgery even if you had Less Invasive! Let your body heal.

Take care., KW
    PSA 5.7, Biopsy 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate, Gleason 7
    RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved. All Lab's clear. 
    Cathiter in for 28 days due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00.
    ED workable and usable with Viagra.
    Feb. 20th, 2007 - Feb. 4th, 2008  Cystoscope, Two Collagen injections,Second Opinion Consultation for Incontinance at OU Medical Center, Bio-Feedback training, Chiropractic, Accupuncture  to try to resolve ongoing incontinance (4-6 pads a day)  All PSA's 0.00.
    Feb. 4th, 2008 - Appointment with Original Dr. to discuss options and recomendation for surgical fix for incontinance.
    Feb. 22nd, 2008 - Surgery to install the AMS AdVance Male Sling.

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   Posted 3/6/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Best wishes for a quick recovery!

God Bless,


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   Posted 3/6/2008 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you're on your way to a great recovery FatCat. The bloating, gas etc. is normal. The BMs are important, but you're still just a day out of surgery. Eat light, take your stool softners, and nature should take its course.
Best to ya and congrats on making it to the other side.

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

Third post-surgery PSA -- Undetactable, 2/15/08

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   Posted 3/6/2008 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Fatcat,

Welcome to the "other side". Good news on the initial post-op path report - sounds like you are on your way to a full recovery. We all like to hear such good news.

Take it easy and you will be back on that "900 lbs of tupperware" in no time. I'm getting the Sportster ready to go for spring. Get well soon and I'll see you on the highway...

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."

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/6/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Take it slow & easy for a while Brother. Don't even think about lifting anything even though it may seem like a simple task. Let someone else do it for a while. God Speed!
Your friend,
55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06. Fighting to stay upbeat daily, I am's what I am's and that's all that I am's! (Popeye)  55 and still alive!!!

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   Posted 3/6/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Fatcat.  Welcome to this side of your healing process.  Glad things are going well.  We'll be praying things continue to go well. 

Age 55
Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 positive with 2 marginal
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
RRP 4 Feb 08
Both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated - Gleason 4 + 3 = 7
Catheter out Feb 13 - wore pad for couple of days - pad free Feb 16
Great wife and family who take very good care of me

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   Posted 3/6/2008 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi fatcat. Welcome to the other side. Take it easy but walk when you can but don't overdo it. It is amazing how good you will feel as soon as Mr. Hang comes out.

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

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   Posted 3/6/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with your recovery Fatcat. Stay positive because there are highs and lows.

I am a new member and want to say "Hi All".
41 Years old
Pre-op PSA 3.8; Biopsy 2 of 12 pos
Gleason 3+4 (post-op changed to 3+3)
RP 10/23/2007
1/2008 PSA .02
1 pad in 4th week after Cth Removed, No pads in 8th week
Good results with Viagra+muse combo

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   Posted 3/6/2008 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck in your recovery and make sure to take it easy and give yourself time to heal. I too had a lot of gas and I used a warm pad on my lower stomach sometimes and it got things moving and gave me great relief.

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.

Tim G
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   Posted 3/6/2008 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
What great news to hear you successfully made it thru surgery to what is affectionately called here, "the other side".  As others have advised, take it easy and give your body a chance to heal well from the trauma it has experienced.  Time and patience, patience and time! Take care and hang in there...Tim
Age 59  PSA velocity quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.6) 
1 of 12 biopsies positive (5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Cancer confined to one small area Gleason 5 
PSA's undetectable

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   Posted 3/7/2008 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Fatcat,

Glad you have the surgery behind you, so now you can concentrate on healing and feeling better.  My husband had a lot of gas and bloating and was miserable, then a nurse suggested a stool softener, Docusate sodium and it helped relieve him almost immediately. Not only is it a stool softener, but it relaxes the colon so you can pass the gas more easily.  Walking really helps too, and sitting up as soon as possible, and like Norskie advised the heating pad on low heat is very comforting and soothing.  Hope this helps.

Keep us posted,
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

James C.
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   Posted 3/7/2008 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   

fatcat, good to see ya on the other side.  Take time to heal and regain your strength.  Don't push it now. 

DaddyVito, welcome to the group. Glad to see you have already had your passage to this side. 

James C. 
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Age 60 
4/19/07   PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7 06/05/07
7/11/07   Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07   Path report:  3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6. 
9/24/07   (Open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed 
9/26/07   Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07  ED- begin 25mg Viagra nightly, Fully continent
11/15/07  1st Post-surgery PSA-0.01
01/14/08  Caverject started/stopped, aching and pain , Bimix started
02/04/08  Bimix X 6 tries, .1mL, .15mL, .2mL, .3mL, .4mL, .5mL, success at .5mL
3/24/08   ED- 6 mts.-continue 50mg Viagra and pump-no change-no response

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   Posted 3/7/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Fatcat,

Great news on the surgery. Tully wasn't my surgeon, but Dr. Bugg was. What a great team and great men. They understand what care is. UC of AL are doing so much to promote early detection and treatment. Praying for great path reports and zero's in the future. Take it easy and get back to things slowly. Did you have the surgery at St. Vincent's? What a wonderful hospital and staff. I have been in there several times and have never had any but the best of care.

Have a great day and know that we are praying for you buddy.

A big War Eagle, baby.



Age: 54
PSA 43 7/2005
Biopsy 12/14 Gleason 7 & 9
Divinci 9/2005 - spread to bladder
HT - 10/2005 (Eligard every 6 months)
RT - 10/2005 (38 treatments)
PSA 0.12 to 1.9 2/2007
Bone Scan and CT 4/2007 Bone mets
Casodex 4/2007
Zometa infusions 4/2007
PSA 4.8 8/2007
PSA 6.34 12/2007
Radiation (15 treatments) started on bone mets 12/2007
PSA 6.72 1/2008
PSA 8.23 2/2008 - Starting prednisone for 30 days
PSA 14 2-29-2008 - start chemo on 3/6 
"I will persist without exception - I will find a way where there is no way"

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   Posted 3/7/2008 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree, the BM's post op were very uncomfortable, the stool softener is definitely a plus, you do not want to strain. You guys are right, Dr. Tully was my surgeon, I could not be happier with my choice, the entire staff is commendable and very caring about your outcome. Small world isn't it.
Pre-Op PSA 9.9
1 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3
DaVinci on 9/5/2007
Post-Op Gleason 3+6, Negative Nodes and Margins
Less than 1% of prostate involved with CA
3 Month PSA 0.004
Incontinence resolved 9/15/2007, one day after cath removal
ED showing significant improvement, more notable over last month
with Viagra 100 mg.

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   Posted 3/7/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Excellent news on your successful surgery!!!! yeah

Now comes the time where you really need patience - the recovery.

Remember it gets better as time goes on - especially with the discomfort.


Age: 51
Last PSA before diagnosis: 2.9

Diagnosed: Oct 2007

Gleason: 3+3=6

RALP surgery: Jan 23, 2008 (Dr Costas Lallas @ Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia)

1st Post-op appt: Feb 1, 2008 (negative margins, cancer contained within the capsule)

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   Posted 3/7/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Well I’m back, hurts like a son of a gun, my Boys look like grapefruits, still no BM, passing gas, have taken stool softener. The staff at St.Vincents are incredible, the Nurses actually care about you and Dr. Tully’s staff is first rate. Hey War-Eagle isn’t Dewayne great.  Urine running clean, but a 5 hour car ride, sure is a pain in the what,s it. Can’t say a enough about my family, especially my Wife. I felt so sorry for the man in the room next to me, he had no one, came in alone, left alone, it was so sad. I think when I get better I;m going to see if there is anyway I can  just drop in say hi to guys like that. No one should be in a hospital for this alone. I know the Privacy act makes it tough but there has got be a way.  Well I'm going for a walk with my friend and shadow  "Wilson"

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   Posted 3/7/2008 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck and all the best for a great recovery Fatcat. Please take it extemely easy. You sound like you are in good spirits. Rest up after your walk, and keep up the walking. cheers, Lana & CJ
Creed_three (Lana & CJ)
Husband CJ aged 50 yrs (49 years at diagnosis and surgery)
PSA (2002) 2.1.  PSA (2006) 3.5.  1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing, on Tuesday 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia).
Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.  Cancer confined. 1st PSA 0.01 (June 07) 2nd PSA 0.02 (Oct 07) undetectable. Next PSA March 08.

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   Posted 3/8/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   

cool    Hey ~ Fatcat,

It’s really good to hear from you and to see things are going well for you.  Be nice to Mr. Hang and in turn he will help you heal nicely…. 

Your postings are up beat and this is wonderful to see and read!!!

Keep the updates coming!!!  It's really important  ~ Thread: Day 2 & 3 Up-date

Quote copied… here…

Had the Big Poopy moment, you would have thought I was a year old the way my Wife acted and like the grandson at a year, only differance I didn't get a Choclate chip cookie. put the leg bag on, went to Sams. You know most Cars suck to get in and out off. Anyone recommend a model, thats easy in and out ?  Wacked my head twice on the Chrsyler. Walking was great, slow but making progress, going to a very good friends wedding this afternoon, won't be doing the Tango, but I'll be there. It is very frustrating with this Cathater.  Later, more to come


I personally think a BIG CHUNKY Chocolate Chip cookie is necessary for recovery!!!



Just wanted to drop in and say Welcome Home and continue to stay close!!

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy 


tongue  Helping to keep fatcat’s journey together for future readers…. 


Latest up date and questions

Day 2 & 3 Up-date

Had my Surgery

Surgery Wednesday, very, very nrevous

Did I make a mistake ?

I think I can handle ED, but the Incontinence is what i fear

Post Edited (bluebird) : 3/10/2008 5:48:07 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/9/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
tongue  Fatcat, It sure sounds like you are well on your way to a wonderful new life on the other side! The soreness gets better every day, and "Wilson" even becomes routine after as while, but you will soon see the last of him, also. I LOVED my Doctor, but the best day to day advice I recieved was from others posting on this site. After all, they have actualy had the experience, not caused it! Don't try snd be a hero and push things too fast, just listen to your body, and do things in moderation..You will be back to normal soon, and most everyone will forget you were even sick!
Best Wishes,
PSA 10 June 2007
Biopsy July 2, 16 of 16 samples positive
prostate weighed 40 grams
Di Venci 10/09/07, four hours on table, 3 in recovery
Total time in Hospital: 29 hours
Record for Dr. Lance, 65% of prostate had cancer, but NO spread, clean margins
Clean nodes,
First PSA at 5 weeks, UNDETECTABLE!
Catheter out at seven days, dry from hour one!
Second PSA 19 weeks post op, UNDETECTABLE 2/11/2008
The Lord has truly Blessed me.

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   Posted 3/9/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi fatcat,
Welcome to 'the other side'. Now the healing can begin. Take it easy for a while and give your body a chance to repair itself. Don't forget to 'kegel' and do a lot of walking as soon as you feel up to it.
All the best to you and have a speedy and complete recovery.

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

Mike A
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   Posted 3/9/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Fatcat!
Glad the surgery went well! Get all the rest you can - you'll need it during the recovery process. Stay patient and upbeat, those emotions will serve you well for the next few months or more. Keep us updated on what I know will be your steady progress!
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist November 2005 - Biopsy negative July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1 November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2, 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy, University of Rochester Medical Center - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one nerve able to be spared. Margins clear. February 2007 - Three to fo ur pads a day, no erection with viagara. April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02. Down to one pad a day.July, 2007 - Six Month Post-op: PSA 0.04 No change in ED. October, 2007 - Nine Month Post-op: PSA back down to 0.02!Almost totally dry! Only slight improvement in ED - Will try injections if not improved by next appointment. January 2008: One Year Post-OP PSA 0.02 still dripping, but improving. Tried 500 dose of MUSE for ED, no luck. Will try 1000.

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   Posted 3/10/2008 3:33 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Fatcat

Hoping you have a speedy recovery. Glad you had a good pathology report. Get some rest and you will bounce back soon.

Best wishes


Rick & Diana
Age 68/ 67@ Dx
6-30-06  PSA 2.54
1-22-07  PSA 4.98
1-26-07  PSA 5.09
Diag: 2-14-07 Gleason 8 Stage T1c PSA 5.09
Bone Scan 3-1-07 Clear
3-6-07 Triple Spinal Fusion (due to old back injury)
Radical retropubic surgery 4-2-07  Post surgery Gleason 9 Stage T3a Positive margins
4-29-07 PSA 0.02
6-9-07   PSA 0.02
7-6-07   PSA 0.03
8-1-07   CT Scan & Chest X-Ray   Clean
 9-26-2007 PSA 0.07
11/1/07 PSA 0.1
11/30/07 PSA 0.12
01/31/2008 PSA 0.3
03/01/2008 PSA 0.3

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