Well, I'm overdue for my report
Went to Duke late July, where the PA in the Urology dept. did a urodynamics study, and Dr. Webster did a cystoscopy (I was a bit worried about
those prior to the visit, but they are NOT tough to handle at all)
Clinical indications (which I guess are the response in the two tests) were good, and we are proceeding with the AdVance Male Sling (gotta spell it right, or AMS will probably come after me!) on Monday, Aug 25.
I'm getting nervous about
it; I'm annoyed with the leakage, and don't want to think about
how I'll feel if this doesn't work. Yeah, things look favorable now, but my DaVinci procedure and nerve sparing were textbook, too, and I'm still incontinent & impotent nearly 11 months later.
As far as my incontinence levels, it's important to know that I'm a computer geek. I saw Dr. Webster back in January about
the incontinence, but I just wasn't ready to go through the testing or surgery. I started weighing the pads (pad count is a poor measure, IMO) and plotting the net weight each day, including a local weighted statistical smoothing calculation of the data. I have had definite improvement since February, but still have some really bad (for me) days, at nearly 200 ml (which is just under 7 ounces) I don't wear a pad at night, and am almost perfectly dry then. Mornings aren't bad, esp. on work days, but the late afternoon, esp. if I'm on my feet, is when I start leaking, with very little control.
I'll try to return with an update next week.
51 yrs old at diagnosis & surgery
Biopsy 6/20/2007, 2 of 10 cores positive, 9%, Gleason 3+3, PSA 2.5, up from 2.0 previous year.
DaVinci robotic at Duke Univ. Medical Center 10/3/2007 both nerves spared
post surgical PSA tests all < 0.1