Hi all, I'm back ;)
The procedure went as planned and I'm still a bit sore after. Mainly my hips feel disjointed and out of place on the right side apparently I was in stirrups and almost upside down with legs fully
opened knees out.. I could not walk the first day but i did manage to sit up and dangle my feet over the side of the bed. on the second day I was able to walk down the hall with aide of crutches. I left the hospital the second day with the help of my grandson. After I picked up my meds (Vicodin, an anit-biotic and a stool softener (wheeeew thank god for that one ...lol)) I was in the hotel for one more day and there was great improvement in my mobilty so I got rid of the crutches and walked a couple of hallways upstairs and downstairs, with the use of the elevator of course ;). I made it thru the airports with the use of a wheelchair and was able to drive myself home.
Now for the important stuff. When the Catheter was removed I was amazed that no urine was released. But when I stood to walk I did leak profusely. I immediately clamp myself with my fingers and made it to the bathroom. Now this is when disappointment set in. Each time I stood I had the urge to go and as a reflex I clutched myself to prevent leakage.
The first night at home I fell asleep in my recliner the most comfortable for sitting in the house. When I woke up I had the urge to go and went directly to the bathroom and stood in front of the toilet and I just noticed.....I didn't clutch myself to get there and nothing was coming out when i exposed myself...then I added a little pressure and ...TADAAAA! a stream appeared :)
now since that event I haven't clutched myself at all and was dry all the way to the bathroom. yesterday I test and walked a couple of laps around the living room and family room before going to the the restroom and still dry. Woohooo!
I have only used 3 pads since I have been home and the were change just because I needed to shower...they were nowhere near full. I still have minor dribbles when i cough, laugh and sneeze.
well thats all for now. I will keep you all apprised of anything else significant occurs.
All questions are welcome.
Now as For GeorgieBoy....
You know that if it weren't for "Guinea Pigs" and clinical trials you could not be a proponent of the adVance Male sling Procedure. All procedures start somewhere.
The Doctor I choose to go with was the Co-inventor of this procedure and had done over 200 invance and ad Vance Procedures. He is a big supporter of the ad Vance procedure as well but felt that my leakage rate was not appropriate for the ad Vance but did suggest the AUS. I asked specifically if this procedure didn't work would I still be able to have the AUS install and he assured me that it could. He did it for another patient that had a leakage of 8 pads per day and the Virtue didn't help at all.
keeping my fingers crossed now. Thanks to all of you following this leg of my journey. Oh and my last PSA on 9/4/09 was less than .01 :)
PSA 10.2 - Discovered during Annual Physical with Family Doctor
Referred to Urologist Surgeon specialist
Free and total PSA - 10.9
Biopsy ( sent to John Hopkins pathology) - 2 of 16 positive on left and right apex of prostate
Left - GS 3+3=6, Right - GS 3+3=6
Davinci assisted laparoscopy radical prostatectomy on Apr. 17, 2007 -Complications due to extreme unusual size of prostate. Normal Prostate = 20 to 31 grams. Mine = 120 grams (not enlarged, but genetic growth large)
Nerves on right side spared.
All Lab's clear. No Cancer outside prostate
Cystogram Apr. 24 2007- Slight leakage at anastomosi negligible.
Catheter in for 1 week Removed Apr. 24, 2007
May 30th, First post-op PSA results...Non-Detectable!
Aug 18th, Second post-op PSA results...Non-Detectable!
Nov 8th, Third post-op PSA results...Non-Detectable!
April 17th, One year anniversary .010 Detected changed back to 3 month monitoring