AGE 61 435 LBS DX 2 CORES POSITIVE GLEASONS OF 4+3=7 jul 14, 2008...ON HORMONES psa 4.8 5/08 psa 0.02 11/08
Bariatric Lap Band surgery done 1/20/09 at De; Sol Bariartric Center in El Pasowith Dr. Acosta. Things according to surgeon "went smoothly with no complications, one of his easiest text book patients."
I was walking around the hospital with my IV drip five hours after surgery and discharged to a local motel after 36 hours. Because we are 9+ hours from El Paso we are staying in a motel prior to 10 day follow up.....onloy took one pain pill and walking 20 minutes a day in local supermarkets, malls, parking lots etc.....
Surgeon said he would write a detailed note when needed for Dr G at MSK about my recovery and how tha anaesthic went and how obesity and sleep apnea presented no problems. He said I should be positive and feels that as a fairly young surgeon...early 40s...the Da Vinci has a special terrific and great use for prostate and a few other surgeries and concurs that DaVinci is the way to go. Frankly the laproscopic banding lelft such tiny scars and relatively little pain that I find it easy to concentrate on weight loss and starting a new regime....
On 50 mg Casodex daily and had my second quarterly hornone injection , Zylodex ? Zydex and last PSA in late Nov was virtual zero....so now weight loss and then we'll see how many months of weight loss will lead to prostate surgery.
My younger son who is married to an RN kept houdning me about weight loss at Christmas and I told him of the upcoming weight loss surgery. The day after discharge from hospital I emailed him the tale of the prostate cancer DX and my reasons for not sharing. I have not told my son in Iraq who hopefully will be home in three weeks or my daughter. I broke down and in dribs and drabs discussed my situation with a wonderful neighbor and friend who is a retired psychologist, and got lots of supportive guidance, but mostly it felt good to share with someone other than my spouse and the CEO if my firm,,,for newcomers to my postings there is a federal regulatory requirement for "continuity" of client accounts that in a health situation the "firm" must be informed...
So, in reviewing past posts I am reminded of the genuine and sincere concern of strangers who have gone before me, and in the young new year want to thank you all for candor, guidance, and support.
I'll keep ya all posted