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Jerry1
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   Posted 10/12/2008 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Hi everyone just a quick question I am leaving on thursday for Orlando for my surgery on Friday.  I will be staying in a hotel that has a kitchen and cooking facilities until they remove the cathether.  After surgery is there a special diet? My wife wants to prepare meals for me since I am sure I will not feel like going out, but not quite sure what kind of food I can eat.
Any suggestions will be very helpful.  How about a stiff drink afterwards is that allowed?
 
Jerry    
 
Age 69
DX 8/13/08
PSA 4.0
Biopsy 14 samples 1 positive for Prostate Cancer 12% of sample
Second option of biopsy from Methodist Hospital Houston same DX
Gleason Score 4+4 =8
Da Vince surgery on Oct 17, 08 Florida Hospital Dr Vipul Patel
Bone Scan and MRI negative


Piano
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 847
   Posted 10/12/2008 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
There probably won't be a special diet, so eat what you like. I would however suggest plenty of fruit and fiber -- you want to get your bowel working freely again.

I imagine a stiff drink will do no harm -- enjoy it -- you may not have much else that is stiff. :-)

Good luck for Friday.
Age 63. Other than cancer, in good health; BMI 20
Pre-op: No symptoms; PSA 5.7; Gleason 4+5=9; cancer in 4 of 12 cores
7 March 2008, RRP, non nerve sparing
Two nights in hospital; catheter and staples out after 7 days
Continent, no pads needed from the get-go
Post Op: Stage pT2 M- N-; clear margins and lymph nodes; Gleason 4+4=8; prostate weight: 37gm
6-week PSA: 0 


egor
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Total Posts : 46
   Posted 10/12/2008 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   

I felt very gassy the first couple of days from the gas they blow into to you to allow them to see better. Too much fiber the first couple of days just made it worse.

As far as the drink is concerned, once the catheter is out, avoid alcohol and caffeine for a while as it may make leakage substantially worse.

Ed


Ed from Rochester, NY 66 years old
PSA 6/06 1.9
4/06 Biopsy 1 core cancerous Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
8/06 Da Vinci Dr. Joseph, Strong Memorial, Rochester, NY
Gleason 3 + 4 = 7, negative margins
3 month PSA .01
6 month PSA .01
9 month PSA .02
1 yr PSA .01
1 1/2 yr PSA .02
2 yr PSA .03
1st collagen 12/07
2nd collagen 3/08
Imiprimine 7/08
still leaking about 120 ml/day 2 - 4 pad
AdVance Male sling procedure 9-05-08
Unable to void, catheter in for 11 days, then self-catheterization
Dry after Catheter removed, no exercise for six weeks from procedure date


SebringR
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Total Posts : 29
   Posted 10/12/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor put me on a very restrictive diet (no alcohol, caffiene, spicy foods) for the first six weeks.  It was a pain in the butt, but it worked very well.  One heads up on the cath.  I had mine taken out after the xray showed I was good.  I lasted one day before it was back in.  Depending on the swelling you may have it in longer.  I had mine in two weeks, my doctor has done over 200 and he said I was his seventh that had the cath in longer.

Age 51
Father died of prostate cancer at 73
Yearly PSA testing.
Biopsy after PSA went up .75 in one year
6 of 12 in needle biopsy where cancerous
DaVinci surgery 4/15/2008
Last PSA .008
 


Frank1205
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   Posted 10/12/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   

I was not given any restrictions but did so on my own.  Increased my fruits and vegetables.  Increased my clear liquids alot.  Lemon or Lime water, tea and lots of Juice.  I cut out all Pop for the first week.  By week two and three was pretty much normal diet but trying to eat smart.  I obstained from any alcohol for 6 weeks.  I here Beer is not recomended as well.

I have heard an abnormal amount of gas problems when you get home.  My Doc drilled into me that I need to walk and then walk some more.  I walked more and more each day and week.  I highly recomend that type of approach.

Frank

 


Diagnosed 01-08-08 @ 53 years old 
DRE normal , 2004 Biospy negative - 2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
PSA @ surgery 6 
Bone and Ct scans negative
clinicaly Staged at T1C - Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago,Hospital stay 30 hours - Catheter out in 7 days  normaly expected leakage Erectile function better with Viagra
Post Pathology T2C, Gleason 7, 10 % of both portions of prostate, Seminal vessels clear, fat tissue clear,Tumor on top of prostate. 1 positve margin measureing less than .5 ml at urethra and bladder..
Six week PSA < 0.1 , 4 month PSA <.05 Gen II test.  Urologist recomends to hold off on Radiation and watch PSA closely. Oncologist and Radiation Oncologist seem to lean to doing pre-emptive radiation.Uroligist says 50/50 chance of PSA re-occurence.  
I have decided to hold off and see for 3 months.
Next PSA October...
Six Month PSA 0.010,  undetectable per Urologist
Next PSA Six months or at one year (March)
 
 
 
 


Jerry1
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 10/13/2008 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   

 

Thank you for for your comments really helpful. 

 

Jerry


 
Age 69
DX 8/13/08
PSA 4.0
Biopsy 14 samples 1 positive for Prostate Cancer 12% of sample
Second option of biopsy from Methodist Hospital Houston same DX
Gleason Score 4+4 =8
Da Vince surgery on Oct 17, 08 Florida Hospital Dr Vipul Patel
Bone Scan and MRI negative


Frank1205
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 308
   Posted 10/13/2008 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   

Jerry1,

I see your are staying for a couple of days in your hotel room.  Here are a few essentials I would get for this stay.

A cheap bucket to put your night cath bag in.  Makes it easier to sleep.

Some pads to put under you in case you leak.

Basketball pants or any type that snap up the sides.  This allows you to work with the catheter bags without removing your pants.  Great for when you are out in public. 

A six or eight foot length of rope so you can pull your self up in bed the first several days.

Any coughing or sneezing remember to pull a pillow in tight to your belly.

You will be up and walking outside sooner than you think.

Listen when they say no lifting 6-10 weeks.  This is very important. No more than a gallon of milk.

Frank


Diagnosed 01-08-08 @ 53 years old 
DRE normal , 2004 Biospy negative - 2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
PSA @ surgery 6 
Bone and Ct scans negative
clinicaly Staged at T1C - Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago,Hospital stay 30 hours - Catheter out in 7 days  normaly expected leakage Erectile function better with Viagra
Post Pathology T2C, Gleason 7, 10 % of both portions of prostate, Seminal vessels clear, fat tissue clear,Tumor on top of prostate. 1 positve margin measureing less than .5 ml at urethra and bladder..
Six week PSA < 0.1 , 4 month PSA <.05 Gen II test.  Urologist recomends to hold off on Radiation and watch PSA closely. Oncologist and Radiation Oncologist seem to lean to doing pre-emptive radiation.Uroligist says 50/50 chance of PSA re-occurence.  
I have decided to hold off and see for 3 months.
Next PSA October...
Six Month PSA 0.010,  undetectable per Urologist
Next PSA Six months or at one year (March)
 
 
 
 


Mavica
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 407
   Posted 10/13/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
My Urologist asked me to keep to bland foods for a couple of weeks following surgery, and that's what I did.  I had lots of soup.  He also suggested I eat a half dozen or so small samplings of food and not three large meals each day, for the first month - to give my bowels and other organs a chance to deal with the trauma/change.  I had a good appetite from the start, before leaving the hospital (which, by the way, offered excellent meals!).  I was also asked to get a stool softner and to take it twice daily - and in the month since the surgery I've not experienced any difficulty with BMs.
 
I was cautious getting in/out of bed the first week - because of the catheter, the incisions, etc.  I did this solo, so having someone else around will be very helpful.  Rollin/out of bed,  Easy does it.  Having the catheter in you is a plus at that point, not a minus - at least that's how I approached it.  My catheter was in 12-days.  It was also uncomfortable for me to sit in a chair, when I had the catheter in - my butt was sore.  Once the catheter was out, I could sit all I wanted.
 
Let your body take over, decide when to rest, sleep, etc.  Get up and walk though, in the halls of the hotel - from the get-go.
 
about alcohol:  My Urologist suggested I avoid it, because it would weaken my control over the bladder.  After a month I've started having a glass of wine, a couple of times a week.  I drink caffiene-free Diet Pepsi, water and some juices.  Lots of water, that's what you'll probably be told to drink - to flush the bladder and blood, etc.
 
 

Age:  59 (58 at diagnosis - June, 2008)

April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior

June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample

Gleason's 3+3=6

Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days

Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci

Surgery 9/10/08

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon

Post-op Gleason's:  3+3, Tertiary 4

Margins:  Free

Bladder & Urethral:  Free

Seminal vesicles:  Not involved

Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion:  Not involved

Tumor:  T2c; Location:  Bilateral; Volume:  20%

Catheter:  Removed 12-days after surgery

Incontinent:  Yes (19 days post-op)

Combination of Cialis and MUSE (alprostadil) three times weekly started 9-27-08

Returned to work 9-29-08 (18-19 days post-op)

 

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