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   Posted 11/21/2008 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
1 month to go to da Vinci operation, can feel the tension ramping up. 
Anyhow, a perhaps silly question.  I'm a desk jock.  Currently I sit on a poor chair with a cushion which I purchased because my swollen prostate following biopsies was killing me.
Does anyone have recommendations for an office chair, or features to look for, that will help with continence and comfort post-operation?  I'll switch out if it will help.
The past is gone, the future yet to come.
This moment, here and now, is nothing less than the totality of existence.
Age 58
Mild DRE finding (hindsight unrelated) > biopsy
3/08 1st biopsy, 18 core. Path 1, HPIN and ASAP, 0.5mm 1 core.  Path 2, carcinoma
7/08 2nd biopsy, 16 core.  Path 1, 1 core carcinoma.  Path 3, 3 cores carcinoma
Urologist retired.  Referred to another Dr. in same practice, not experienced enough.
Robotic da Vinci sched 12/22/08, Univ of Washington Med Center, Dr. Ellis.

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   Posted 11/21/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
A doughnut cushion is a must for post surgery comfort. Get the foam cushion one - NOT the inflatable one. Even with the cushion, you will need to stand a lot. Every time you talk on the phone stand up. You might even think of getting a small lectern to put a laptop on so that you can do computer work standing up. It will ache to sit for about a month - perhaps more. It can also do harm to your erectile nerves if you sit too much at this early stage since the swelling is pretty pervasive.
Don't overdo it after surgery. Remember, they don't give out medals or raises to heroes anymore.
47 at Diagnosis.
Father died of Pca 4/07 at 86.
1/06 PSA 3.15
1/07 PSA 4.6      (Biopsy 3/07 just suspicious)
10/07 PSA 5.06   (Biopsy 11/07  1 of 12 with 8% involvment) (1mm)
Da Vinci surgery Jan 5, '08 at Mt. Sinai Hosp. NYC
Saved both nerve bundles.
Path Report:  Stage T2cNxMx
-Gleason (3+3)6
-totally contained to prostate,
-10% involvement in L & R Mid lobes
PSA 0 at nine months.
Pad free on March 14 - (10 weeks.)
ED - Take 100mg viagra every night.
Totally usable erections at 10 weeks, which disappeared over the course of a month or two.
 Now limited success with cialis, viagra, rings, and luck. Waiting for that moment that is said to occur between nine and twelve months where things start to improve!

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 11/21/2008 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
You should go to several Office Supply stores and test drive the chairs..
Age 53   - 5'11"   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Gleason - 6
(biopsy done March 4, 2008-> 2 of 12)
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
10/03/08 - 1st Quarter PSA -> less then .01

Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.

Las Colinas and Plano Offices


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   Posted 11/21/2008 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I did not have the degree of soreness you describe after biopsy. I have an office job and went back to work following the biopsy. Neither did I have and issue of sitting following surgery. Now, that is not to say there was not soreness, but I never sat on a doughnut pillow and do not recall it being a big issue.

I am an avid motorcyle (hog) rider, and I did have to wait 7-8 weeks post surgery before comfortably stratling the bike. Most of my discomfort was in the Willie area - that took a while to normalize. All of us are different.

Age 61 (now 62)
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
2nd Post PSA <.1 10/30/2008

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   Posted 11/21/2008 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I went back to my regular chair at the office after surgery. Did not need to make any changes.
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
4 tumors in prostate - largest being 6 cm 
PSA Oct 08 <.05

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 11/21/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I found it hard to sit on any firm surface for about 4 weeks following surgery, my bottom would begin to ache, like a toothache, with the throbbing sensation. Made the mistake of going to a high school football game, the bleachers were murder, only made it a little while. Don't rush going back to work, I was out for 4 weeks, couldn't wait to go back, once back, I wish I had taken 4 more weeks, just didn't have the stamina for my 7on-7off 12 hr day schedule. From guys at my Man to Man group, the inflatable cushion works best as Paul said. I also found that shifting position in the chair and standing often helped. Good Luck.
46 you when diagnosed, now 48
Pre-Op PSA 9.9
1 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3
DaVinci on 9/5/2007
Post-Op Gleason 3+6, Negative Nodes and Margins
Less than 1% of prostate involved with CA
3 Month PSA 0.01, 6 Month PSA 0.01, 9 Month PSA 0.01
One Year PSA 0.01
Incontinence resolved 9/15/2007, one day after cath removal
ED showing significant improvement.
Occasional Success with Oral Meds
Success with BiMix

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 48
   Posted 11/22/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
A good question and for some of us it can be quite painful sitting in the wrong chair.  I concur with several of the posts: get a donut, test drive a chair in a store, and watch out for wood seats.  I know its makes one a little self obvious carrying a donut into a restaurant or a public facility but it can make a nite out much more confortable and I have fount many Restaurant seats unconfortable even for a short period of time. mad
Age 70 -  Diagnosed late March
PSA 5.52 - stage T2b,T2c
Gleason 7 (4+3)
quad heart bipass 4/06/06
surgery on 4/28/2008, Greensboro NC by David Grapey
path report showed  lymph nodes clear cancer has spread to the margins gleason (4+3)
catheter removed 5/8
Post surgery PSA 0  at 4 weeks
PSA still 0 after 6 months

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 240
   Posted 11/22/2008 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Man, I wrote the book on butt pain after surgery. Some guys are doing jumping jacks the next day, and some guys (like me) are just darn near crippled for a while. Not sure why. Mine felt exactly like somebody had kicked me right in the anus as hard as they could. It lasted about 6 weeks. I started by leaning on one cheek, and then the other. I literally could not drive for a while because I could not sit "squarely." I had 2 different inflatable donuts, and they were pretty worthless. I found that the only thing that helped was the biggest, softest cushion I could find. And forget anything close to a hard chair.

However - we are all different. You may have zero butt pain and be doing hand springs the next day. In any event, I HIGHLY recommend having a big soft cushion available for the ride home from the hospital. I got really tired hanging from the little ceiling strap handle while my wife drove. Every little bump was brutal.

You can get office chairs today that will adjust in height, seat tilt, back tilt, and individual arm heights - and of course they all roll and spin. Getting a chair with multiple adjustments will allow you to change position often, or find the one position that is best for you. If the chair is a big issue for you, don't go cheap! Spend the bucks necessary to make you comfortable and happy!

The good news is - with any luck at all, a year from now this will all just be an unpleasant memory for you.

Good luck!
Age: 52
March 2006: PSA 2.5

Dec 2007: PSA taken for insurance application. I did not see the results until late Jan '08 - after I was rejected. Their lab said PSA 4.5. PSA again in Feb '08: 3.7.

March 2008: Biopsy. Gleason 7 (4+3) 12 cores taken. 5 on the left side were cancerous and the 6th was suspect.  

May 5, 2008: Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy at GW Hospital, Washington DC.

Post op: Gleason 9 (4+5). 15% of prostate involved. Stage: pT3a. Negative margins. Lymph nodes and associated glands all appear to be cancer free.

July 2008: PSA at 7 weeks was undetectable.
August 2008: PSA at 14 weeks (3 months) was undetectable.
Nov 2008: PSA at 6 months was undetectable.

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