Hello one and all,
Just got back home not long ago. The trip to the hospital and the operation/procedure went well according to my dr/surgeon. Was in a holding pattern for about 2 1/2 hours in pre-op that was starting to get old. But they put something in my IV to chill me. Was taken into OR, and put completely under, what bliss. Took the dr. about 40 minutes to do his thing. Recovery room time this time around was actually a pleasant experience, wonderful nurse. Soon as my head started clearing the pain hit hard, and was quickly given 3 shots of morphine spread out over an hour. Soon on the way back home (gentle drive) by lovely wife, stopped at CVS drugs to pick up some newly prescribed meds, now home.
Dr. gave my wife some color photos from the procedure, interesting really, the urethra near the bladder was about 5/6th blocked by scar tissue, which explains why I have been going through all this after 2 months. He used some kind of balloon thing, and expanded it and trimed away some of the blockage. The last photo in the set shows an opening probably 5 - 6 times larger. They did put in Catheter #5, even larger then any of the other ones, to keep it open while it heals, next Monday, in theory, he's going to take it out and it should be good to go. That is the game plan.
Hope everyone is doing well today, I am glad to be on the other side of this one.
David in SC
If this post sounds weird, it might be the morphine talking still, sorry.
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3, 9/8 14.9, 10/8 16.4
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive 7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%, G 4+3 & 3+4
Open RP surgery November 14, 2008 at St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC, Dr. Ronald Smith - Surgeon, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days in hospital, staples removed 11/24/8, Catheter out on 12/15/8 on day 32. Day 33, urine stopped flowing, new catheter put in 12/16/08, Catheter out 12/29/08. After 7 hours, complete stoppage again, emergency room put in Catheter #3 early evening of day 45, still 12/29/08. 1/5/9 - Cath #3 out, dr. did cycloscope, saw potential blockage, put in Catheter #4, 1/9/9 - pre-op, 1/13/9 - corrective operation scheduled at St. Francis
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.
First PSA Post Surgery Scheduled now for 2/9/9