Hernia post Surgery?

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   Posted 4/6/2008 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone herad of a hernia resulting from DaVinci surgery? My hubby is 3 weeks post-op and the bulge at the groin seems like classic hernia. Of course, we will call Monday, but wonder if others know about this?

THanks so much - this is such a wealth of information.

Age 54; (Father, paternal uncle and 1 brother so far with Pca)
1999 PSA 2.8; 2004 PSA 2.88; 1/2008 PSA 5.6 & repeat 4.37
DRE - "Unremarkable, L side slightly larger"
Free PSA 0.46 and ratio 0.11
Biopsy 1/25/2008 - 10 Cores - 4 with adenocarcinoma
3 cores Gleason 3+3=6 and 1 core 3+4=7
No Stage given on report, maybe T1c or T2c ?

Robotic Surgery March 17, 2008 - Vattakuti Institute - Dr. Menon
Both Nerves Spared - Pre-surgery DRE - TC1
Post Op Pathology - T3a - 2 small foci of Extra-prostatic Extensions,
CLEAR margins, 4 Lymph Nodes Clear, Seminal Vesicles clear.
Gleason now 4+3+7, Tumor 20-30% of gland
Dry immediately! - no pads by day 9 Post-op
No response with Viagra

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 4/6/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I have seen others post about hernias from Davinci.
I had a hernia also, but my surgery was open variety, not Davinci....and supposedly was not related to the prostate surgery.
Danman Bob
Age 57
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14
Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Despite high Gleason score, cancer was confined to the prostate
Possible post-surgery radiation therapy...decision likely in late April 2008, depending upon PSA at that time
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of March 2008)
Began using Viagra 3 times a week December 2007 to stimulate blood flow
Began using Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy mid-February 2008
Will probably begin using bimix injections in addition to Viagra and pump in May 2008

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   Posted 4/6/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi FairRider:  I just had surgery two days ago (April 4th) for bilateral inguinal hernias -- one on each side. 
Just about every male on my mother's side had hernias, except me.  I guess I had the weaknesses there though and the DaVinci surgery I had may have opened the gaps enough to let 'em rip big time.
Sorry I don't have any links to share at the moment, but do some googling on prostate, DaVinci, hernias and you'll find some recent studies suggesting that there is a relationship  between prostatectomy (open and DaVinci) and subsequent hernias.
BTW -- my hernia surgery, in some ways, has been more aggravating than the prostatectomy, believe it or not.  I'm 48 hours out and still having trouble getting out of bed in the morning, getting in and out of chairs etc.  BUT -- 48 hours is not a long time.
Oh well.  The way I look at it -- at least it's not cancer surgery this time around.
Get your husband evaluated.  Hernias need to be taken care of.  They cannot heal themseolves.
Best to ya,

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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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 4/6/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I just got dx'd with an "Umbilical Hernia" last Tuesday. This hernia is immediately above my belly button. I was about where the incision was made to insert the camera during my da Vinci procedure. My urologist has given me a referral to see a plastic surgeon to do the repair. :-)
robotic LRP Jan2007

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 4/8/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi! FaiRider

I just had a hernia repaired on April 1st that was a result of the DaVinci procedure.

It took well over a year after surgery to develop. I had surgery Nov 1 of 06. My wife and I joined the local gym around January and I started doing about 300 crunches a day. I then noticed a bulge at one of the port sites and sure enough it turned out to be a hernia. The surgeon told me that the urologist don't normally resew the muscle when they cut through to insert the robot arm and that crated a weakness. You can be sure I am strictly following post op advice about lifting and straining. Don't want to do this again. Good Luck

Diagnosed March 06
PSA 4.4
Two biopsies. One core of each 5% cancer, two suspicious
Gleason 3+3=6
DaVinci surgery Nov 1, 06
Cancer confined to prostate
Ist PSA 6 weeks post op less than 0.02
2nd PSA 4 months undetectable
All psa through Nov O7 undetectable
Still at one pad a day, will have sling installed soon
Hernia repair from robotic port scheduled 4/1/08

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 308
   Posted 4/8/2008 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Fairrider,

Has your husband been taking it easy on recovery. Sorry to here this latest news.

You guys are always in my thoughts,

Diagnosed 01-08-08 @ 53 years old 
DRE normal - High PSA for 5 or more years
2004 Biospy negative - 2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
Current PSA 6 - Bone and Ct scans negative
clinicalg Staged at T1C - Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago
5 hour surgery , 3 hour recovery
Unexpected Cardiac issues appear and disappear?
Hospital stay 30 hours - Catheter out in 7 days  normaly expected leakage - Erectile funtion back on line 9 days 
Post Pathology T2C, Gleason 7, 10 % of both portions of prostate, Seminal vessels clear, fat tissue clear,Tumor on bottom of prostate distal, 1 positve margin distal at penis, going to meet with oncologist to discuss treatment options if any at this time.

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