Hello friends out there!
I am now post-op (open RP) and have updated my results below in my signature. I received the pathology results on Wednesday when I got my catheter out. I can only say Hallelujah and PTL!
Now comes the next stage of this journey. I have a couple of questions about my immediate situation, that I haven't seen on this forum. (My apologies if they have been discussed, but I have read a lot and still haven't made a dent in all the posts here. You folks out there are wonderful to lay everything out, I love it, but there is so much that I haven't read everything).
The first might be helpful to those of you who have concerns about a lot of pain in the perineum area of your bottom. I have had a lot of pain in that area myself. It happens the most when I try to sit up straight, and even more when I am standing. I came to the forum and read what you folks said about it, and found it was somewhat common. So, Wednesday when I saw my surgeon and got the catheter out, I asked him about it also. He immediately stated that the catheter goes right down and through that area, and the pain was happening because that area was fresh after surgery and I was in effect sitting on the catheter. Has anyone out there been told this? I had not read that before.
However, the perineal pain still persists when I have been standing a long time. Also, after a longer walk, the dull perineal pain starts, and I know to stop soon because it will only get worse. I think I am still just too soon after surgery and I need to not be disturbing all those muscles and area overly much. Any other explanation for this than just plain healing process?
I am now looking at information about my immediate "position in life". (the first healing process, the incontinence). I have no complaints, there are a lot of you folks talking about this subject out there for me to determine that I am most likely 'normal'.
I was reading about the subject on this forum, and took a look at the post by IKE-D which contained a link to the Continence Foundation article entitled "Bladder Control after a Prostate Operation". It is a good "all around article" about all things to do with our problems in this area.
Thank you all for the help!
Biopsy1, 11/2006, PSA 6.1, DRE non-suspicious, Small focus of atypical glands
Biopsy2, 3/2008, PSA 7.5, DRE abnormal, 3% cancer on one sample, Gleason 3+3=6,
Oral hormone finasteride prescribed
Biopsy3, 4/29/2009, PSA 1.7, DRE non-suspicious, 2 hits, right apex 30%, left base lateral 20%,
Gleason 3+3=6 on both samples
Open RP on 6/10/2009
Pathology Adenocarcinoma, NOS; Gleason 3 + 4 = 7; pT2c, NO, MX
Apical, bladder neck and capsular margins negative
Lymph nodes, left external iliac, resection - No evidence of malignancy
Lymph nodes, bilateral pelvic, resection - No evidence of malignancy
Catheter removed 6/24/2009