TURP- Need advice

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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 9/12/2008 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone,
I would like to tell you about my worry.

I am partly an invalid. I can walk, do some household chores, put a sandwich together,
and take care of my own grooming needs.

I cannot drive and there is a fairly large part of the day when I have to lie on the
couch due to intractible, chronic pain. Fortunately the grocery store and pharmacy
are across the street. We are very much on our own.

My husband has taken care of me for six 1/2 years. He's never complained. I have
been so fortunate to have a man like him. We have been married for 36 years.

Now the problem: On September 24, he's going to have a TURP operation. He does
not tell me anything about it. (A matter of protecting me, I suspect)

Can anyone whose been through this surgery give me some ideas of what to expect?
How can I best prepare myself. I want to help him and make his recovery go as
easily as possible.
Thank you from Pamela Neckpain
:-)
 
 
Edited to add subject and hopefully solicit more advice. 

Post Edited By Moderator (Doting Daughter) : 9/12/2008 12:11:21 PM (GMT-6)


Tony Crispino
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Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 9/12/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pamela,
I have had all other kinds of prostate cancer procedures done but others will be able to respond you here as some jave had the TURP. But I can still lend you support and caring. I am very sorry to hear what you havehad to endure. I pray that things do improve for you and your husband. Hang around you should be able to get the response you are seeking.  If you can ~ go back and edit your post here and add a subject line like "TURP ~ Need Advice!".  That will help the guys see your needs.  If I was still moderating here I could do it, but my magic powers are gone... smilewinkgrin

Tony


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, Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE)
Bilateral seminal vesicle invasion (SVI); Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 9 '08): <0.1 ~ Undetectable!
 
You can visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
 

Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 9/12/2008 11:22:00 AM (GMT-6)


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 9/12/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Tony & Mod (doting daughter)
Thank you for the advice and the help with editing. I'm just sitting here waiting
for some responses.
Pamela

Like TC Las Vegas says, Stay Positive smilewinkgrin

creed_three
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   Posted 9/12/2008 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pamela,
 
My dad had a TURP a few years ago and he bounced back, but it is a rough procedure and takes a few months to bounce back fully. He is likely to be quite sore down below (so lots of loose clothing needed post op), and he will be worried about the "water-works" - probably using the toilet frequently, so need to drink plenty of water to keep the urine clear. He may some pink urine as blood clots etc from the surgery clear out, so gentle walking regularly and as soon as he can to keep up the circulation.
 
I was paranoid about my husband's "waterworks" too following surgery for prostate cancer as a result of having seen dad have a TURP,  and so as soon as hubby was discharged,  I gave him 3 small glasses of cranberry juice each day for about the first 6 weeks post op.  This keeps the urine free of infection, is a natural product (however he hated the unsweetened version, and went to the full sugar version!!) and it worked (very) well for us. Your hubby may or may not come home with a catheter - if he does he needs to walk and drink plenty of water - avoiding alcohol and lots of caffeine - it is a temporary thing. I did not give my hubby the cranberry until he was home about 7 days after surgery
 
I suggest you read as much as you can about recovery from TURP - the good thing is that TURP is NOT usually performed for a diagnosis of cancer if they are aware prior to the op, so the chances are good that your hubby will, with some support and care,  bounce back well like my dad did. It is quite a common operation for men to have from middle age on-wards.
There are some complications that can occur - I would suggest you read up as most of the men posting here have had other types of prostate surgery, and there may be other forums where this particular discussion of surgery for prostate enlargement can assist you more.
I do not know a great deal about it, but I hope this helps and good luck.
Creed_three
 
Husband 50 yrs (49 years at diagnosis)
PSA (2002) 2.1.  PSA (2006) 3.5.  1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing April 2007. Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.   Undetectable PSA since Surgery. 
June 2007: 0.01; Oct 2007: 0.02; April 2008:0.02.
 


Pamela Neckpain
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1821
   Posted 9/12/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Creed_three
Your post helped me a lot. You ARE kinda an expert.
I was worried about Cancer. And I am a little relieved to read what you had to
say.
Thank you.
Pamela :-)

creed_three
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 762
   Posted 9/18/2008 1:36 AM (GMT -7)   
You are most welcome Pam. I am a nurse (RN) actually (but no expert),  so as far as I am aware,  most of the literature (and what I teach my nursing students) is that TURP is completely contraindicated if they know for sure,  it is prostate cancer (look it up in your research ). Nothing is certain, but recently I looked up the definition of "hope" and it means "to look forward and be future orientated" - if your hubby has a Urologist he trusts, and who is giving him the best possible assessment of his symptoms and treatment by this surgery,  then he is in the very best of hands. There is heaps you can do to help him just by being aware and not worrying without undue cause, and taking care of yourself. That is important. Good luck.


Creed_three
 
Husband 50 yrs (49 years at diagnosis)
PSA (2002) 2.1.  PSA (2006) 3.5.  1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing April 2007. Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.   Undetectable PSA since Surgery. 
June 2007: 0.01; Oct 2007: 0.02; April 2008:0.02.
 

Post Edited (creed_three) : 9/18/2008 2:47:39 AM (GMT-6)

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