When I first came on here I kinda felt out of sorts because I couldn't find one other person that had chosen perineal over robotic or laproscopy. Sometimes it was hard getting answers cause the surgerys are so different. All in all everyone suffers just about the same thing except Kent had his surgery between his scrotum and anus. (hope those words are ok).
Our doctor had done close to 3000 of these surgeries, told us the healing time is alittle longer cause of the wound and walking but the muscles wouldn't be cut, he could see better what he was doing (cause you are opened up), less bleeding and a shorter surgery. (about 1 1/2 hours) and out of hospital in less than 24 hours. Our surgeon/urologist is the head of the cancer center at the hospital here in Richmond. So why is it not an option for the people I see on here? I remember when I posted that he was having Perineal, one member said their doctor told them if they had that kind, they would be incontinent and impotent for the rest of their lives. That hasn't been the case as I'm sure its not any different with the R and L surgery. I'm just curious if other surgeons have given this option to their patient or are most going to surgeons that don't do this anymore. In the practice we went to, they had doctors that specialized in each surgery and it was our choice which way we went.
Its just a thought and curiosity.
Age 51 Kent Cindy 49
January 08 PSA 5.2 round of antibiotics went to 4.3
February 08 another round of antibiotics went to 4.2
March 17,08 had biopsy, 2 days later told cancer was on
one entire side of prostate.
Doctor thinks its best to get the whole prostate with Perineal Prostatectomy.
Surgery scheduled for this Thursday April 10th. Only took 1 1/2 hours. In recovery 1 hour. Both nerves were spared.
Home 4-11. Cath out 4-22. Incision looks completly healed on the outside by 4-25. Incontinence "a thing of the past" as of 5-28
lst PSA 0.04 June 3. YAY!!!
July 08 (3mths post op) Cialis 10 mg every other day. Erections starting to return. Movement during the day on its own(its alive!).