I'm sure you will all be glad to know that my catheter was finally taken out at day 32. There was a little weird pressure feeling and a quick burning pain, but it popped right out on the first try. My doctor thinks the extra healing time with the cath in was for my own good, he said the many painful spasms I had (and complained often) were actually the sign of a strong bladder. It's been out for about 2 hours now, haven't leaked a drop yet on my first pad. Have been able to urinate pretty well normal, though it takes a bit longer, and was able to stop stream in mid air at will, hope those are all good signs for continence.
He wants to see me on Jan. 5th, and will take first post surgery PSA test at that time, and hopefully at week 7 1/2, release me to regular duty so to speak. I can drive now and take regular baths, etc, but still no heavy lifting. Like all men here, I am looking forward to joining the zero club with that first PSA reading. Best to one and all.
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 2007 5.8
PSA 9-2008 14.9
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive
7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%
2 tumours noted, Gleason 4+3 and 3+4
Open RP surgery completed on Friday, November 14, 2008 at
St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC, Dr. Ronald Smith - Surgeon,
Non-nerving sparing, 4 days in hospital, staples removed 11/24/8
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:
Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c pN0 pMx, Prostate 42 grams, tumor 20% cancer
Contained in capsular, neg. margins apex, bladder neck, right lobe, neg. in seminal vessels and lymph nodes. Left lobe: infiltrating tumor miscroscopically appears to extend to marked left posterior margin