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LV-TX
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   Posted 7/23/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay...another question.  (Dang don't you all just love questions...)
 
Has anyone had a spinal block instead of general anesthetic when performing a surgery...either laproscopic or open? 
 
The reason for the question is my pulmo said it would be too risky going under a general due to some lung problems.
 
Just trying to look at all posible treatment solutions.
 
Thanks all.
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal-Gland 38 cc
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved
Gleason (3+3) 6  Stage T1C
No Treatment Decided yet


biker90
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   Posted 7/23/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a spinal for open surgery. They also gave me something to block my memory of the whole thing. Then he put pain killers inside me and I had virtually no pain while in the hospital. I was sore after I got home but only need some Tylenol to get by...

Jim
Age 74. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06.  Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C N0 MX. Gleason 3+4.
50 mg Viagra + 1000 mg L-Arginine + .03 cc Trimix = Excellent Results
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 7/17/08 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 1/28/09
Lung cancer dxed on 5/16/08.  Surgery on 6/25/08  T1N1M0 - Stage IIA
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."


kw
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   Posted 7/23/2008 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
No help from me! I was out before I got to the elevator!

KW
    43 at Dx and Surgery
    PSA 5.7, Biopsy 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate, Gleason 7
    RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved. All Lab's clear. 
    Cathiter in for 28 days due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00.
    ED workable and usable with Viagra.
    Feb. 20th, 2007 - Feb. 4th, 2008  Cystoscope, Two Collagen injections,Second Opinion Consultation for Incontinance at OU Medical Center, Bio-Feedback training, Chiropractic, Accupuncture  to try to resolve ongoing incontinance (4-6 pads a day)  All PSA's 0.00.
    Feb. 22nd, 2008 - Surgery to install the AMS AdVance Male Sling.
    March 27th, 2008 - Sling not working, Little or no improvement.
    April 18, 2008 - Collagen injection.  Back to using 4-6 full pads a day within a week.
    May 14, 2008 - Another collagen injection to try to Band-Aid the leaking for our June cruise.  Will start making conusultation appiontments for AUS after we return.
    July 14th, 2008 - AUS consultation with Dr. Morey at UT Southwestern (Dallas).
    Aug. 22nd, 2008 - AUS Surgery by Dr. Morey
     


smilingoldcoot
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   Posted 7/23/2008 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I had major leg (artery replacement) and Abdominal Aortic Anuerism several years ago. Several operations all with Epidural (spinal tap I think)
 
Good luck
 
Richard
Retired USAF Richard & Debbie on The Shores of Toledo Bend Lake Louisiana
Biospy 1/10/08 Gleason 10, Stage T1C  8 of 12 samples positive all Less Than 5% 
Jan & Feb & Mar all tests clear
MD Anderson = No surgery and No Proton only Hormone and IMRT
Contacted with Loma Linda and UFPTI in FL
Started Treatment at the U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in April 2008
May 2, 2008 LUPRON & Casodex
IMRT to started  5/27/2008 Will get 42 treatments 25 IMRT and then 17 Proton
Turn Stumbling Blocks into Steping Stones and Keep Smiling
Our Journey is on WWW.GLEASON10.COM
 


smilingoldcoot
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 338
   Posted 7/23/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   

LV-TX

Have you looked into Proton Radiation?

Please do!

Richard


Retired USAF Richard & Debbie on The Shores of Toledo Bend Lake Louisiana
Biospy 1/10/08 Gleason 10, Stage T1C  8 of 12 samples positive all Less Than 5% 
Jan & Feb & Mar all tests clear
MD Anderson = No surgery and No Proton only Hormone and IMRT
Contacted with Loma Linda and UFPTI in FL
Started Treatment at the U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in April 2008
May 2, 2008 LUPRON & Casodex
IMRT to started  5/27/2008 Will get 42 treatments 25 IMRT and then 17 Proton
Turn Stumbling Blocks into Steping Stones and Keep Smiling
Our Journey is on WWW.GLEASON10.COM
 


LV-TX
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   Posted 7/24/2008 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Again thanks to everyone...so many decisions and choices to review. So far they are all good and all bad at the same time...go figure. Thank goodness I have plenty of time to research and think about the direction my wife and I want to go. Richard, we haven't gotten to your suggestion yet as we are still in the early phases of research on the first suggestion of treatment by the uro. But believe me we will research them all very carefully before making any plans.

Big thanks to all here...a great community of folks that give you straight answers...just the way I like it.
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal-Gland 38 cc
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved
Gleason (3+3) 6  Stage T1C
No Treatment Decided yet


41diagnosed
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 176
   Posted 7/24/2008 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I thought the same thing as Richard when I read your post.  If surgery is risky, why not go with a less risky treatment that continues to gain momentum.  I seriously considered Protons for myself.
 
42 yo. now
 
5/07 PSA 4.65 at routine physical
6/07 biopsy positive for cancer...Gleason 3+4...diagnosed at 41 y.o.
6/07-9/07 manic research and interviews with physicians across the country in search of the "right" decision.  I went to Mass General in Boston, Loma Linda, University of Chicago and Northwestern.
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.  Thankful the father of the PSA test was right here in Chicago.
 
Post op pathology was Gleason 3+4 with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g.  
 
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...
 
12/07 - Threw out the pads.  I only had to use 1 pad per day for protection against minor drips. 
 
I started Trimix 8 weeks after surgery with success.
 
I hope someday I won't need injections, but I hope more that my PSA stays at 0 forever.
 
 
 


mvesr
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   Posted 7/24/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Lv-TX

My Dr. who was going to put me to sleep suggested I have an epidural because it would allow me to better manage my pain.  After reminding her I was not going to have a baby, I said sure let's do it.  One of the best decisions of my life.  I woke up without any problems. Was wide awake all day after the early morning surgery and finally got sleppy at 11:00PM that night.  And best of all, no pain meds since surgery (May 2007).  I never filled the prescription.

 

Mika

 


age at dx 54 now 56
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
Tossed the pads this spring
ED still a problem
first year PSA less than zero
 

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