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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 2/26/2009 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband had open radical prostatectomy on 14 January 2009. The surgery was on Wednesday and he came home on Friday. Staples out after two weeks, catheter out after three weeks. He was dry the second night following catheter removal and only has an occasional leak when he exercises. His path report was great. All contained in the prostate, clear margins, nodes and vessels. He is extremely satisfied with the surgery and recovery process. His urologist said that he should be past the "leak" period in a month or two. Had first post surgery PSA 0.01 two weeks ago. His Gleason was 3+3=6 prior to surgery and prior to surgery his PSA was 1. That's right...1!!!! His pc was discovered almost by accident as he was actually seeing urologist to get some info regarding procedure for benign prostate enlargement! Thank goodness his urologist insisted on a full battery of tests from ultrasounds to biopsies! He has done very well, started wearing leg bag catheter 5 days after surgery and has been on the go since that time. He is a young 71 yrs old and other then having some soreness and bruising he really never complained! He was back to walking an hour a day one week out of hospital. What a guy!!! Wishing everyone good health!

Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 43
   Posted 2/26/2009 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Loularkin, I would agree that you are married to a very young 71. Keep him active and these iron men last for many years. He has luck, a good doctor, ( plus a good woman) on his side as well. Perhaps you should mention the docs name and city. Congratulations.
Age - 55
2004 PSA 2.7
2008 PSA 5.8
Sept 2008 PSA 5.66
Oct 2008 PSA 6.67
Biopsy on 11/25/2008 cancer found in 10% of one core , gleason 3+3=6
open RRP done on 1/14/2008. Pathology showed 20% of prostate cancerous, gleason 3+3=6, contained in capsule
First post op PSA 2/10/09 - 0.07
As of 2/11/09 down to one or two pads per day

Elite Member

Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 2/26/2009 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
That is an amazing story of a fast recoup from an open surgery. I am 56, and a little over 3 months out from mine, and there's no way I am quite his shape. Perhaps I need a transfusion from him. Real happy for the both of you, we love hearing good stories here.

David in SC
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, Right nerves saved, 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 .05

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 407
   Posted 2/26/2009 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Good report, thanks. I've been under the impression that open radical surgery requires a longer rehab time, longer than, say, the da Vinci procedure. Nice to hear you're both doing well.

Age:  59 (58 at diagnosis - June, 2008)

April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior

June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample

Gleason's 3+3=6

Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days

Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci

Surgery 9/10/08

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon

Post-op Gleason's:  3+3, Tertiary 4

Margins:  Free

Bladder & Urethral:  Free

Seminal vesicles:  Not involved

Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion:  Not involved

Tumor:  T2c; Location:  Bilateral; Volume:  20%

Catheter:  Removed 12-days after surgery

Incontinent:  Yes (getting better, though)

Combination of Cialis and MUSE (alprostadil) three times weekly started 9-27-08

Returned to work 9-29-08 (18-19 days post-op)

PSA test result, post-op, 10/08: 0.0; 12/08: 0.0


Veteran Member

Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 762
   Posted 2/26/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lou,
This is wonderful news of a speedy recovery. My husband was also lucky to have such a pathway from  open Surgery 2 years ago. So glad you can now begin to reclaim your life after pc. Just one thing I noticed with my hubby... while buiding up to his normal activities he admitted (later) to being a little physically fatigued for up to 8-10 months after surgery, so I encouraged him to rest for a short time each day in first 6 months... mind you he then built a cubby house (with minimal help), 4 weeks after surgery too, so it is all individual!  cheers & happy days to you. Sounds like you have one great, healthy guy there!  Lana
Husband 51 yrs (49 years at diagnosis)
PSA (2002) 2.1.  PSA (2006) 3.5.  1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing April 2007. Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.   Undetectable PSA since Surgery (< 0.1) specifically,  
June 2007: 0.01; Oct 2007: 0.02; April 2008: 0.02: October 2008: 0.03: November, 2008 (repeat PSA with instructions to lab to calibrate carefully) = 0.02.

New Member

Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 2/28/2009 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for the good wishes. This is a wonderful site with fantastic support. I might also mention that in 1963 hubby was burned in aircraft accident in France while serving in Air Force. 64% total surface...48% 3rd degree. He spent one year in Brook Army Hospital in San Antonio. He says radical prostatectomy..."a walk in the park!" haha Best wishes to everyone on a speedy recovery and continued good health!

Tony Crispino
Veteran Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 2/28/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Great work,
Tell lou we are always encouraged by such news.

Peace, and the best wished back to you!

Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (January 13, 2009): <0.1
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  

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