Posted 4/16/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -6)
Sorry your here but glad you came. I am about 20 days post surgery. I can not speak or advise but only share with you how I made my decision. I had three basic choices, wait, do some form of radiation or do surgery. I saw three surgeons, hind site I would have seen at least a radiation doctor. When a Doc said this treatment is the only way you can get a cure and your 95% of getting that with your early symptoms I could not hear anything else. I could not see the trees through the Forest.
With surgery even if I did not get the expected results at least the I knew we would cut off the head of the snake. It seemed surgery offered plan B (radiation) and plan C (hormone therapy) if surgery failed. And very important to me was that we would know what, where and how much we are dealing with.
With that said I choose the DaVinci robotic method. Less bleeding, faster recovery. I was told to choose a surgeon that has done 400 minimum procedures. Being still sexually active I choose nerve sparing as well.
Now hind site, After pathology I went from a T1C, Gleason 6, 1% involved (95%) cure ratio to a Gleason 7, T2C, 10% involved one bad margin and cancer found in a unusual location. Will that happen to you, who knows hope not indeed. I still have a 86% of being cured according to Doc. One PSA above .1 and I go to 20% chance. I am still in very good shape and have an excellant chance of beating this disease and I will.
My sexual function is pretty close to being back to normal while my continence is typical and slow. I did work at home 4 days after surgery and back part time in 11 days and full time with limitations 18 days after. Little pain,30 hours in hospital.
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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, 1 positve margin going to meet with oncologist to discuss treatment options if any at this time.