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Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 41
   Posted Today 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I spent weeks reading all of the post to educate myself prior to my Da Vinci surgery that took place on 09/17/09. I came home the next day and so far so good.I am 50 yrs old .Thanks to all of you I know just about everything to expect from here out. Dr. Kristofer Wagner at Scott and White Hospital in Temple,Tx. did a great job.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2243
   Posted Today 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Home Wes! Glad everything went well and keep us posted on your progress. If your like me you will keep on reading the post as you progresss thru the stages of your recovery.
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive
59 yo when diagnosed
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
Margins not involved
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
8/5 1 depend at night only
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Great family

Elite Member

Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted Today 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Wes, and welcome back home to the other side ,the recovery side. Please keep us posted of your recovery, and perhaps post your stats sometime.

David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20%, Contained in capsule, 1 pos margin
2009 PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/09 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out  38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., agreed to start radiation, does not rec. HT at this time, mapping on 9/21/9

Cajun Jeff
Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4119
   Posted Today 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Wes, Congrats on making the trip to the other side. Take time for recovery.

Jeff T
Jeff T Age 57
9/08 PSA 5.4, referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3/4=7
10/08 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=7 Stg. pT2c, margins clear
3 mts: PSA .05 undetectable
 10th month  PSA <0.01
ED- 5 mg Cialis daily, pump daily, going to try MUSE next

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4463
   Posted Today 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome home, and welcome to the other side. Wish you had delurked before, so we could have went on your journey with you.
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP 110gms.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
24 mts: PSA's: .04 each test since surgery

Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 2448
   Posted Today 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Wes. You and I are on the same track and timeline. I too had my surgery on the 17th, in Detroit. Hope you are doing as good as I am. No big surprises yet. I agree with you whole-heartedly, the guys here at HW prepared me as well as I could have hoped to be. I went into surgery so much more calmly and confident than I would have if not for their support, knowledge, prayers and blessings.

Please know the you and your family have been added to the prayers of my wife and I for your continued and PCa free recovery.

60 years old
PSA November 2007 3.0
PSA May 2009 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative

Surgery done on September 17th by Dr. Menon, Vattikuit Urology Institute, Henry Ford Medical Center, Detroit.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 1267
   Posted Today 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wesd40, good to hear from you and that you are home and doing well. Always good to hear a success story! Please, do keep posting.

Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"  

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 215
   Posted 9/21/2009 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Good day Wes. Good to see you on the other side and recovering so well. I sure hope mine goes as well next week. Reading this forum is a great asset and everyone is so helpful. Keep well,

Age 64. Diagnosed with Pca January 2009, PSA 5.6, Gleason 3+3=6, T1c, TRUS biopsies of prostate left adenocarcinoma of prostate involving part of 1/4 biopsy fragments, less than 10% of the surface area involved, CT scan clear. Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy surgery for treatment - September 29/09.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 990
   Posted 9/21/2009 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the other side and best wishes for an uneventful recovery. As you have no doubt seen, the standard advice is walk, walk, drink, drink. Remember that your body has been through a lot and recovery is a road not a race.
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
Gleason 3+4=7
CAT scan, Bone scan 1/09 both negative.

Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Out 03/08/09
Pathology: Lymph nodes & Seminal vesicles negative
Margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4+3=7
6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.
10 weeks: no pad at night -- slight leakage day/1 pad.
3 mo. PSA 0.0 - now light pads

Worried Guy
Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 3739
   Posted 9/21/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Every year 60000 men have PCa surgery. You are now in the <1% of Americans walking around shooting air balls. Heck, Mensa criteria is the top 2%. You've joined an elite club.
DX Age 56. First routine PSA test on April 8th: 17.8.
May PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: PSA: 23.2.
Biopsy 6/10/09: 7/12 scores positive, Gleason 6=3+3. Bone scan and C/T scan negative.
RP DaVinci -7/21/2009 @ Univ of Roch Medical Center
Left nerve gone, right partial spared.
Catheter removed - 7/31/2009 Pathology report received:
Gleason 3+4=7 Tumor size: 2.5 x 1.8 cm location: both lobes and apex. No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX
Post Surgery Status:
Potency - 9/17 2 months, Still no activity
Incontinence - 8/20 4 full pads per day
. 9/7 3-4 full pads per day (I'm going to try cutting down on fluids. Bad idea. I know.)
9/17 2 months: Still 3 pads per day. At this rate I'll be fine in 2011.
Post Surgery PSA - 9/3 6 weeks - 0.05

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 218
   Posted 9/21/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
The worst is over and the best is yet to come. :o)
Walk dude walk.
Have stool softeners on hand if you need them.
12/06/07 DaVinci and open prostate surgery after difficulties in breathing stopped the davinci.

Steve n Dallas
Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4848
   Posted 9/21/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey neighbor...glad you made it to the other side. Keep us updated.

Age 54   - 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
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 384
   Posted 9/21/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on getting the surgery behind you. Now continue to heal and beat the cancer.

Father treated for Prostate Cancer in 1997 with Proton Beam - Still doing well.
My Stats
Age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Biopsy 04/08 12 cores, 5 positive
Gleason 3 Cores at 4+3=7, 2 Cores at 3+4=7
Perineural Invasion Noted on biopsy

Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 
Post Surgery - Dr. Spared 100% of Nerves on the left side.
Estimated that 50 - 70% of the nerves were spared on the right side.
Final Path report
20% of the prostate Invovled
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear
Positive Margin 1.8 cm in length Noted in Right Apex

New Member

Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 12
   Posted 9/21/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news Wes.

Drink lots of water and get up and walk as often as you can.
In a couple of days you'll be wanting to get rid of that catheter.
It couldn't happen too soon for me.
But it's in there for that length of time for a reason - Healing.
When mine was removed after ten days, the nurse had to tell me she'd removed it.
I didn't feel a thing.
Good luck mate.
Age: 54 (53 at diagnosis - June, 2009)
PSA: 10.6
Biopsy tested positive: Gleeson 3+4
Surgery: DaVinci Robotic prostatectomy (31st July 2009)
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon
Textbook procedure.
Catheter: Removed after 10 days.
Incontinence: Currently, no. (Slight leakage for three days after Catheter removal. Wore pads for physcological boost).
ED: Intermitent. Bad reaction to Cialas. Currently experimenting with Levitra.
PSA: Currently 0.1 (25th August 2009)

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 9/21/2009 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wes, welcome to the other side.  Get up and walk when you can but don't overdo it.  You will get better day after day.  Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.
age at dx 54 now 57
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
ED is getting better
the shots work great, still can't give them to myself
two years of zero's

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