Two Weeks after surgery

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 43
   Posted 8/25/2008 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I want to thank everyone for all your prayers and wishes. This web site has been great in helping my wife and I get through prostate cancer. The catheter was removed ( what a relief). No pads needed at night, 1-2 pads during the day I just have to remember to kegal. I am feeling pretty good. I am up to walking 4 miles a day and have returned to work today. My doctor's were great and my pathlogy report was good news.I am taking 25mg of viagra at night. I started having erections with the catheter in place which was not to pleasent but I was not going to complain. The day after the catheter was removed I was able to have a usable erection but the Dr. said to wait 2 weeks before sex. I can't believe I am so lucky. I need to have a blood test in 7 weeks and will hope for good results.
Thanks again to all and I will continue to list my progress.
New Jersey
Age 51
Psa 0.9
Biospy 1 core positive
Gleason 3+3-6
Surgery date Aug.11, 2008 at Monmouth Medicial Center
Robotic Surgery By Dr. Lanteri And Dr. Esposito
Both nerve bundles saved. Margins clear.
Gleason score stayed at 3+3-6. Cancer contained to prostate.
1-2 pads a day. No problems at night.
ED 25mg viagra at night. Usable erections 1 day after catheter was removed.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 328
   Posted 8/25/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, I am almost 5 weeks in myself.

Good luck on your first post-op PSA!!!
Age 37
Diagnosed 7/2008
Da Vinci Surgery 7/2008
First PSA : 4.17 5/2008
Second PSA After 2 weeks of antibiotics : 3.9 6/2008
DRE: Negative 5/2008
Bone Scan/CAT Scan: Clear 7/2008
Cystoscope: Normal 7/2008
Prostate MRI: Normal 7/2008
Biopsy : 6 out 12 Postive all on right side, Gleason 7 (3+4).
PostOp: T2c (On Both sides), margins clear, seminal clear, nodes, clear. Gleason 6(3+3).
First PostOp PSA: 9/2008

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 8/25/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
great news pal. man its great to read good news. im going in on 9-5 and im hoping for the same results.

all the best to you


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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 8/25/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   

It sounds like you are doing great on all fronts and yes remember to do those Kegals. I too used 1 to 2 pads for a while but was good at night. It slowly gets better and then one day you will just give it a try and not look back. Here's hoping your first PSA come back undetectable.

Current age 50, Age at Dx-48 PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Surgery Pathology report 4+3=7 a couple agressive Grade 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
1st & 2nd Post PSA Blood Test .1 and less - Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 01-17-07 .3
March 27th PSA .422 Begin Salvage Radiation April, 14 2008
Radiation Complete June 4, 2008 36 treatments
August 5, 2008 PSA .09 or < .1 again
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 8/25/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   


 ..good for you nemo it's good to hear you're doing so well. Keep it up! (no pun intended)...

   age: 53
   Pre-0p PSA  Feb. 08, 5.0
      4.22.08, 4.1
      PSA  spiked once about 8yrs ago to 5.0 three months later
      back to 2.9...then into the 1.2 range until my re-scheduled 
      "missed" appointment this past Feb.
      Biopsy 5.1.08 
      5 of 15 cores positive
      Da Vinci I read somewhere on this 
      site....."the first show of the day"
       DaVinci completed 7.29.08, Bladder Sling installed, hernia repair 
       completed during surgery.    
       3hrs in surgery, 2 in recovery...trouble starting the airway pre-
        Sent home 30hrs,  JP drain in place 7days,
       Path report "cancer fully contained"....Margins clear
        Cath removed 8.8.08(ten days) lightly used pad 24 hours
        ED therapy begins 8.9.08. 100mg viagra three times a week,
        pump everyday and hold for ten minutes.
        8.16.08 switched to Levitra 20mg.......whahoo, got lucky...
        immediate results..... 
           ..."just tryin' to reason with hurricane season"..
        "just tryin' to reason with hurricane season"....

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 82
   Posted 8/25/2008 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I was going to say two weeks out with your progress is just phenomenal. Count yourself very lucky.
Age 59 - diagnosed in Jan. 08 after biopsy
da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy 4/11/08 - both nerves spared
Catheter removed 4/25/08
Prostate Pathology:
Gleason Grade 6 (3+3)
Tumor corresponds to a AJCC/pTMN stage II
5 wks post-op Continence: 1 pad night, 2 during day
7 wks post-op Continence: 2 pads every 24 hours
First post-op PSA at 7 wks: 0.1
14 wks post-op Continence: 1 pad days, no pad nights

Bob D
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 199
   Posted 8/25/2008 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nemo57,
That is great news.  Welcome to the "erection with catheter still in club".
I had my first post op erection after 5 days with cath still in. Yes, ouch. smhair But I was glad to have it. Good idea to wait 2 weeks before sex. Those orgasmic spasms can really stress the surgery. You will be pad free real soon.
As for the erections, keep blood flowing into your penis as much as possible. You really are lucky and you will realize how much in 2 weeks with your wife. blush
Age 59, psa 4.7 in Jan. 08. Biopsy: one positive sample out of 13. 1% of one sample cancer. Prostate removed on 3/5/08. Open Surgery. Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville Ga. Nerves spared. Cath out 12 days later. Continence good. No pads needed since 6/10/08. First PSA: Less than 0.1 on 6/17/08. First erection five days post op and have been improving well since then. Full erection now possible (less than four months post op) with the assistance of Cialis. I am pleased with the progress so far. Married to same wonderful woman for 39 years.
She is still beautiful and sexy as ever. A great help in my recovery !!

M. Kat
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 715
   Posted 8/26/2008 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Jeff - thank you for sharing your good news. that is wonderful that things are going so well. congrats!! kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 2nd post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 3rd PSA <0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
first "real" erection with use of pump 12/16/06
3/07 - occasional dribbles and erections with Cialis and pump
8/07 - 1 yr PSA <0.1
9/1/07 - achieved erection with Viagra - no pump!
3/08 - 18 mo PSA <0.1
switched to Levitra - works much better than Viagra & Cialis - fewer side affects
summer of 2008 - have had a few erections with no drugs! yeah!!

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