5 days Post-op DaVinci

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 364
   Posted 6/24/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
We all react differently to our surgeries based on the type of surgery,  our age, our physical condition and other conditions present at time of surgery.  Here is a quick beakdown of what I have experienced since my DaVinci surgery which was done at the University of Washingto last Thursday.  I am writing this in the hope that anyone who is in the process of surgery can gain some perspective from my experience.
Thursday June 19 5:30 a.m. report to hospital
7:30- Lights out
13:30 Surgery completed, took a little longer than expected because right side of prostate was"sticky" according to surgeon but he took the extra time to save all nerves.
14:30- wake up to pain in abdomen and starving to death I thought.
Rest of evening and night- pain medication and IV's not much sleep but really glad its over.  I was also able to eat some soft food which really helped.
Friday morning- get up and take a stroll around the hospital with the help of a cardiac cart.
Friday at noon- release from hospital
Friday evening and night- really sore and still need pain meds
Saturday morning- first bowel movement, this was huge I almost passed out but felt so much better after it was completed.  No more pain meds
Saturday afternoon- walk 1 1/2 miles drinking a whole lot of liquids.
Sunday- really feeling good but I have learned from some of my buddies on healingwell to not push too hard.  Walked 2 miles and am eating just about everything.
Sunday night- slept great but my little friend(catheter) reminds me to be careful
Monday- continue too drink all of the fluids I can stomach, urine has been correct color since Saturday morning, no blood clots or pink color.
Tuesday morning- walked 2 miles and will try 2 more this afternoon.
This has been my recovery soo far, I hope it helps those of you who are close to DaVinci surgery, as far as what too expect.  We're all a little different in our recovery but this is probably a good timeline give or take a day or two.
 54 y.o.
 Diagnosed 4/10/08
 DRE Normal
 Biopsy- 12 cores, 4 positive highest 4+4=8
 Bone scan, CT scan and Chest X-ray clear 4/16/08
 Urologist suggested surgery 4/16/08
 MRI on 4/24/08 clear no suggestion of lymph node   involvement.
 Now trying to decide on treatment choice.

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 6/24/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Looks to be a textbook recovery so far.  The fluids and the walking will make all the difference in the world as you gain strength....

James C.
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum

Age 61
4/19/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Path report: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6.
9/24/07 (open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07 ED- begin 50mg Viagra and Vacurect pump nightly, Fully continent
1/14/08 Caverject started/stopped, aching. 2/24/08 .5ml Bimix started-success
5/7/08 ED- Viagra, pump, no response- Trimix .075ml continues
Post Surgery PSA's:  3 mts-0, 6 mts.-0

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