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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 9/6/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
  hi guys lemonlime here i need your help again . i am 5 weeks out of robotic surgery , my wife was goin to paint the bathroom i said ill do it . well i am having pain on the left side of my insicion neer navel . i was getting better with incotinence 5 pads a day ,and i could last pretty much all day 8 hours with 2 . now i feel like im leakin like the cath just came out . do you think i may be just pulled something or is this norm with physical activity . i am walking about 2 - 3 miles a day but thats it for moving or twisting , hope i didnt screw up . any help appreciated . as always thanks gentelmen ... lemon lime ...

Navy corpsman
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   Posted 9/6/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Lemonlime -

Being 5 weeks post op it probably is all right to paint the bathroom.  You are probably just using muscles you have not used in awhile.  You might want to take it easy for a few days and see how you feel.  Sounds to me like normal stuff.  If you are still having problems in a 3-4 days call your doctor.

- John

Age:  44
We have a family history of PCa.  My Dad and uncle died from it at 65 and 53. My PSA velocity increased in the last 2 years and I had to talk my GP into refering me to a urologist.
Biopsy results:  5 of 11 cores positive, all 30%. Gleason 6. T1c. PSA 2.53  Date of biopsy 15MAY08.
Open RRP at Johns Hopkins with Dr. Partin on 09JUL08.
Pathology report:  Gleason 6, pT2, neg. margins, 0 lymph node and seminal vessical, organ confined, I lost 1 nerve bundle and 22 lymph nodes.
As of today, about a month after surgery, I feel at about 80%. Urinary control seems to be improving. Little Elvis has taken a nap and has not awakened yet. I hope when he wakes up he is well rested because he is going to get one heck of a workout.

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 9/6/2008 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lemon Lime,
I would keep monitoring it. One side effect of surgery could be hernia. Another just like John just said simple strain. But if it hangs around you should let your surgeon know. Good luck to ya!

Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 9 '08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 883
   Posted 9/6/2008 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
    Not being a Robotic Guy the only thing I would have to add is that the only thing "Less Invasive" about the Robotic Surgery is how they get inside.  It is still a major surgery.  I kept a strict watch on what I did for the six week healing time.  I also eased back into things for a few weeks after that.  Just listen to your body and let it heal.
    Good Luck,
    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).
    July 30, PSA 0.00.
    Aug. 22nd, 2008 - AUS Surgery by Dr. Morey
    Oct. 6th, 2008 - AUS Activation by Dr. Morey

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 9/7/2008 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Love the name Lemon Lime, we all have some pretty cool handles around here. I would agree with all the guys posting here it is probably normal so just take it easy for a few more days and see how things go and if the trouble lingers by all means let your doctor know.
Most of all keep us informed my friend because we do care.

peace and love
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 46 (current)
My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
latest PSA 5-27-08 0.11
PSA July 24th, 2008 is 0.04
cancer in 4 of 6 cores

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 9/7/2008 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Take it easy Lemon Lime....Im sure you will be fine..., just lay low for a week....You are just shortly out of surgery , you seem to think that they can jump up and run around....Your body has had an assault to it.. Our friend, a physician, said any surgery takes the body several months to recover,,,,..let it recooperate..Your body will heal itself. Good luck and keep in touch. Di
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 age 67 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
seed implant and conformal radiation Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/07
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8. Dr. Sandhu

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 270
   Posted 9/8/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I would add two things. The leaking comes from being on your feet and the twisting / straining required to paint. I have found that I can remain basically dry until I start doing work on my feet. It is hard to concentrate on keeping the bladder locked down, and twisting, turning, straining at the same time. Second, I think you may be a little ahead of yourself at five weeks. Things are not quite healed and the stretching may cause you some setback.

Hang in there! I think what you are having is normal, but if pain gets worse or continues I would contact the good doctor.

Age 61
Original data - pre-operation
PSA: 5.1
T1C clinical diagnosis, Needle biopsy - 10 cores, Gleason 7 = 3+4 in 1 core (40%), 7 cores Gleason 6 = 3+3 ranging from 5% to 12%
All scans negative
Lupron administered 4/9/2008 for 4 months (with idea I would undergo external beam radiation followed by seed implants - then I changed my mind).
Robotic DiVinci surgery - Dr. Fagin (Austin) May 19th
Post operative - pathology
pT2c NX MX
Gleason 3+4
Margins - negative
Extraprostatic extension - negative
seminal vesicle invasion - uninvolved
1st Post PSA .04
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