It hurt more than I thought it would. 5 incisions + belly button. Needed combo of hydrocoedine + sleeping pill to sleep at night for the first two weeks. After one week, I tried walking more than 5 - 10 minutes at a clip, and found that it hurt too much. After two weeks I was able to walk 30 - 45 minutes. After three, back to an hour plus. Very tender for about
6 weeks. Took that long before I could sleep on my sides -- before that, pulled too much. Also, surgeon didn't mention it before, but shoulders ached a lot for 36 hours after surgery -- gas they pump into you. Normal, I'm told. After two weeks, things progressed very well. Other aspects of recovery went fine. Had hip replacement two years ago -- that was a steeper climb.
PSA: 6.0 on 07/31/09 having risen from 4.2 on 12/02/08. Free PSA 23.5%.Other PSA History: 4.3 on 05/01/08; 3.3 on 11/15/07; 3.1 on 05/20/07; 4.0 on 11/30/06; 3.40 on 09/01/05.
Biopsy: 09/04/09 13 snips; two positive. Right Mid 4+3 = 7 and 15% of the total volume. Right Lateral Mid 4+3 = 7 and 20% of the total volume.
DaVinci robotic surgery: 11/05/09. Post surgery pathology: margins clean, no invasion of seminal vessels, no upgrade of the Gleason scores, no evidence of cancer outside the prostate capsule.
Cathether removed one week later: 11/12/09. No incontinence. Stopped pads after two days.