Catheter Removal

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 10/21/2008 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Well today I go for the Cystogram and if all is healed will have the catheter removed.  I will also get the primarly pathology report.
I am very nervous because I still have quite a bit of blood in my urine.  I am not sure if this is normal but it seems worse after walking. I took three 40 minute walks yesterday which they tell you to do, but after I noticed a lot more blood not sure what to do.  My wife and I are going stir crazy in the hotel and are both anixious to go home.  If all is well we will leave tomorrow morning.  I also noticed that in addition to the six holes where the robotic arms were inserted I have about a two inch scar above my belly button I will ask the doctor today but I think it may be that they had to cut me to get out the prostate because it was so large.  The doctor told my wife that he had a hard time getting it out.  Will keep you informed of my results.
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

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 966
   Posted 10/21/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Jerry I think you are right. The incision above the belly button is where it is removed I am almost sure. Mine wasn't as large as yours..only a little over an inch. Don't know what to say about the blood in the urine. I didn't have that problem except the day after the surgery when I walked. Outside of that no blood what so ever. Let us know how things thing for sure you will be happy when the catheter is gone. Take it easy on the way home.
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal-Gland 38 cc
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral (Perineural Invasion present at base)
Gleason (3+3) 6  Stage T1C
August 23 - Bone Scan - Hips, Spine and ribs marked uptake - X-Ray showed clear -Hooray
Sept 9 2nd DRE - questionable - TRUS...shadow in base - Gland now 41 cc
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1,2008
Gleason 7 (4+3) Staged pT2c NO MX
Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
14 tumors in prostate - largest being 6 cm 

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 328
   Posted 10/21/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck Jerry on your Doctor's visit. Hopefully they remove the catheter. You'll feel much better after that is remoevd. I did.

Age Dx 37, 7/2008
First PSA : 4.17 5/2008
Second PSA After 2 weeks of antibiotics : 3.9 6/2008
DRE: Negative 5/2008
Biopsy : 6 out 12 Postive all on right side, Gleason 7 (3+4).
Bone Scan/CAT Scan: Clear 7/2008
Cystoscope: Normal 7/2008
Prostate MRI: Normal 7/2008
Da Vinci Surgery 7/2008
PostOp: T2c (On Both sides), margins clear, seminal clear, nodes, clear. Gleason 6(3+3).
First PostOp PSA 9/2008: <0.01
2nd PSA 12/2008: Praying for <0.01

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 407
   Posted 10/21/2008 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm thinking (without taking the time to count!) that I had 5 holes and the larger incision above the belly button - and I've been led to believe that's not unusual. I, too, had blood in my urine - and my Physician's Assistant and the literature I received from the Urologist pre-surgery told me that such a presence was to be expected. I was having blood in the urine until after the catheter came out but it stopped about that time. My catheter was in 12-days. Dealing with incontenence will be the next challenge for you. Some people don't have much of a problem, others do - for differing periods of time. Sounds as if you're doing well. Congratulations!

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 (getting better, though)

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

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

PSA test result, post-op, 10/08: 0.0


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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 46
   Posted 10/21/2008 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   

The larger incision is indeed where they removed the prostate. Mine is also a couple of inches.

I peed pure blood for the first day or two, than it began getting lighter for several days and eventually was pure pee again. The doc assured me this was normal.

Catheter removal takes about 2 seconds. Just when you realize how uncomfortable it is, its over.

Age: 43
Diagnosed at 41 by routine blood test
PSA at diagnosis: 5.1
Pre-op Gleason: 3+4=7
Post-op Gleason: 6 (different labs?)
No luck finding local experience with DaVinci
Scheduled RP at Vanderbilt: 8/06
Insurance trouble, rescheduled at Centennial Hospital, Nashville
Prostate removed 9/06
Robotic, nerves spared, no positive margins
PSA since RP: good (less than .05)
Currently suffer ED

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