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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/15/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/15/2008 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
In his first post Valentine08 said...

New to the forum, but we've been reading the very, very useful posts for the past few months. On this subject, I was told to forego eating the entire day before, only clear liquids, then had the horrid 4 liters of "drano" for dinner the night before and nothing, nada, zip the day of the surgery. While this seemed extreme, let's face it: They are operating near the bowels, and if there were a perforation, a scrupulously clean intestinal systems seems like a good thing.

What tape on the thigh? I had a 1 1/2 inch wide elastic band that had velcro on it that secured the end of the cath to my thigh before the tip that connected to the bag. It was very secure. The catheter was secured to the band too with another velcro strip.

Re: Underware: Boxer briefs here, snug enough to hold the pad, and I got larger ones when I had the cath. Worked fine.

One thing no one mentioned about the surgery, from which I had no specific location pain, but I had killer shoulder and abdominal pain for a few days from the laproscopic gas. I knew it was going to be used in, but I didn't understand the post op consequence. I just assumed they let it out (somehow) afterward.

13 days on the cath. No pain, no problems, not so bad at all. Dr. preferred a longer duration than 7 days, minimizing the possiblity of stricture and the need to reinsert.

Now I'm trying to kegel and get control of my plumbing. Thanks all for advice I've read.

Age 59
PSA ; PSA 9/07=3.4; '06=3.2 DRE Negative; '05=2.4; '04=1.7
Biopsy 11/07 = Stage T1c, 12 cores, 2 positive
Gleason score= 3+3=6
DaVinci Robotic RP surgery: 2/14/08
Path report: Gleason= 3+4=7; Stage T2c

Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 3/15/2008 3:03:49 PM (GMT-6)

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/15/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Valentine08,
Welcome to the best site on the web I could find for patient to patient converstaion. You are very right that this site is loaded with great advice. I see from your signature that you are on your way to a great result. I was able to skip the "drano" but everywhere else was similar to my experience with the surgery. Stay and ask anything you wish. The beauty of this site is you can get answers to the very personal questions that make up the prostate cancer experience. Good luck and good healing. And may your journey be blessed.

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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   Posted 3/15/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
These guys have been great. They even popped me on my hand when I was thinking about not calling the doctor about a problem I was having. yeah I called and they were right.
12/06/07 DaVinci and open prostate surgery after difficulties in breathing stopped the davinci.
Walked a lot
90% control the day the catherter removed.
pad only for a sneeze before the week was out
No pads most of the second week.

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