I had a nine week wait for my open surgery, was never real nervous about the whole process until probably the last week. Even though I have had numerous other surgeries under my belt, it got a little scary when it got close. I kept myself busy, that was my way of handling it. And knowing that my sex life would litearlly be changed forever, regardless of the outcome, kept myself busy in that department too.
With the holidays here, your 4 weeks should go pretty fast. Also gives you time to make sure that you are 100% sure that you want to do this surgery, not talking you out of it, your choice, but remember, if you wanted to, you can still change your mind.
Stay busy, think positive, and soon you will be on the recovery side.
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% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 in 35 days, 12/7/9 - Cath #10 in place