Hello and welcome here Jack, sorry you are here but glad you are at the same time. I know about
the catheter thing, due to complications with my
open surgery, I was on one for 63 days straight. A second corrective mini-surgery gave me the ability to pee on my own. I don't know how you handled the self cath stuff, I was close to having to do that myself, but fortunately never had to.
open surgery makes best sense for your situation. I will be glad when you are on the other side of that, the recovery side. My best to you.
Yes, having a great wife by your side and family, makes a big recovery difference. My wife of 35 years is also a nurse and that helped to. Please keep us posted.
David in SC
56, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 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, 6 month on 5/9