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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 74
   Posted 2/5/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
The catheter came out without fanfare earlier this afternoon and the doc said I was right where he wanted me to be and to expect good results in three to six weeks. I must say that it is nice not to have to worry about carrying that bag around any more. Now I'm doing Kegels and trying to hold off going every five minutes. Not having a clue what to expect, this is still different than what I anticipated. Starting takes almost no effort at all and I seem to be able to Kegel to a stop (as instructed) and then continue. I guess that's a Good Thing. I plan on wearing a full Depends to bed tonight and the mattress is protected but I still expect to be up frequently just to be sure. We'll see...

Still fairly weird but we'll just take it a day at a time and see what happens.

I'll keep y'all posted...
DOB: Q4'46, HT: 5'9", WT: 180
Biopsy: 12/08
Cores: 4 of 12+ positive
PSA: <2.5
DRE: Slight enlargement, one node
Gleason: 3+3
Surgery: RRP on 1/21/09
Catheter: 15 days
Adenocarcinoma occupying 5% of prostatic volume (right posterior aspect)
Gleason: 3+2
No extraprostatic extensions
Perineural invasion within prostate only
No angiolymphatic invasion
No seminal vesicle invasion
Clear margins
AJCC: pT2a

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 2/5/2009 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck to you Garth, what you described is pretty typical for many right off the catheter. Sounds like you are taking all the right precautions. Hope it goes better for you.

Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9/9

Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4848
   Posted 2/6/2009 5:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Feels nice doesn't it....
Age 53   - 5'11"   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
Catheter in for five weeks.
Dry after 3 months.
10/03/08 - 1st Quarter PSA -> less then .01
01/16/09 - 2nd Quarter PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.

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