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   Posted 9/7/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
  I had Da Vinci surgery on Aug 4. Went back to work on Aug 25.  I spend most of the time in an office but occasionally I get on a fork lift for short periods of time.  I seem to have developed a problem with gas and diarrhea.  If I take immodium the diarrhea is slowed down but then I get gas.  Has anyone had similar problems?  Thanks
age:  44
1st psa Apr 08 3.06
2nd psa 6/16/8 4.02,  DRE showed nothing abnormal
biopsy 7/10/08 positive 5 of 12
gleason 3 + 3 = 6
prostate size 18cms?  not real sure about this
Da Vinci surgery 8/04/8 at Parkview Memorial in FT Wayne, In
Dr says seminal vesicles are clear and it appears that the PCa was contained to prostate. 
Post-op Gleason remained 6.  He did say there was more cancer than want the biopsy indicated.

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 9/7/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't have the issue, at least this long after surgery. I know a lot of us have changed our diets somewhat, is it possible that you have too? If so, you might yary it around. If it's bad enough, you probably want to be talking to your doctor.

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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Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 9/9/2008 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I had just the opposite problem. Took stool softeners for a several weeks after surgery.
Are you on any meds?
Either way, if it's been going on longer then a week - tell your doctor.
Age 53   - 5'11'   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 07 & Jan 08 -> 1.3
Gleason - 6
(biopsy done March 4, 2008-> 2 of 12)
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy

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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 211
   Posted 9/10/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Antibiotics eliminate both  bad and good bacteria and flora from the system and subsequent use of medications usually only compound the problems.

After antibiotic use, internal flora needs to be replaced.

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