This is a good explanatory article. I was already doing this from experience, and what it describes is exactly true. I know when I relieve myself it is as though I am back on the catheter - it seems at times there is no stopping point once the urine path is opened. Finding cutoff is tough, and much of my necessity for a continued pad has been related to the after effects of urination. If that low spot (as described in the article) is not pressed out what remains becomes dribble. It also seems to me that I have a hard time determining shutoff while all of this is taking place, and the ordeal can make me stand at the urinal much longer than I would like. This is particularly true if I have a line of men standing behind me waiting for me to move on - I have found myself on such ocassions being more messy than I am comfortable being. You almost have to have a sense of humor with this stuff!
Age 61 (now 62)
Original data - pre-operation
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
Margins - negative
Extraprostatic extension - negative
seminal vesicle invasion - uninvolved
1st Post PSA <.04
2nd Post PSA <.1 10/30/2008