Annie: I'll try to summarize what I said in my first email that disappeared. I am 19 days post-op right now.
1. Pre-op: Eat, drink & make merry, but be prepared to cut it off two nights before the surgery. I had to fast, and I spent most of the last day drinking a gallon of foul stuff that cleaned me out. I was not a happy camper. ** If you live far from the hospital, consider staying in a hotel the night before and the night after surgery. We did that. We walked to the hospital Monday morning, and after I was settled in Monday evening my wife walked back and got a good nite's rest. We spent a chunk of change, but it was worth it for her.
2. I've had knee & shoulder surgery and this is nothing like that. This is almost pain-free in the surgical area. I was doped up Monday nite, on Tylenol3 + Codine Tues, and I was down to regular Tylenol by Thursday. Major issue for me was butt pain. I STILL cannot sit comfortably. The Dr said that was normal. Not sure why. If you have any kind of donut pillow, or even a child's swimming inner tube, that could make the ride home a LOT more comfortable.
3. Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning were not a lot of fun, but I really did not have much pain. I woke up with 2 IV's, a drain, and a catheter coming out of me. Everything but the catheter was gone by Tues afternoon. The catheter is particularly bothersome, but it is more inconvenient than anything thing else. For me, the leg bag was almost worthless. I just carried the "big bag" around the house with me all week.
4. The patient will be fine before & during the surgery. He'll be knocked out and won't feel a thing. Just be supportive and positive and as calm as possible, and you guys will sail right thru it. Good luck, kcragman
March 2006: PSA 2.5
Dec 2007: PSA taken for insurance application. I did not see the results until late Jan '08 - after I was rejected. Their lab said PSA 4.5. PSA again in Feb '08: 3.7.
March 2008: Biopsy. Gleason 7 (4+3) 12 cores taken. 5 on the left side were cancerous and the 6th did not look good.
May 5, 2008: Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy at GW Hospital, Washington DC.
Post op: Gleason 9 (4+5). 15% of prostate involved. Negative margins. Lymph nodes and associated glands all appear to be cancer free.