OK -- there's an interesting thread discussing pain after robotic surgery.
I will repeat: it was not pain-FREE for me. I had no pain when staying in one position. But moving from one position to another (prone or sitting or standing) was difficult. But I also just ended up taking 3 regular strength tylenols. I refused anything stronger because I did NOT want to have constipation, which for me would be worse than anything else.
BUT THE WORST PART BY FAR WAS:
Laying down in one position. I had an IV and catheter on my left side and an infusion bag on my right side (I had volunteered for a study). My back is not good to begin with and it was aching like mad. I could barely move to try and change the pressure points. It was really torture for me. My wife did her best. She would move this/that/whatever but I just could not get comfortable for more than a few minutes. The only saving grace was this was for about 6 hours. But the night was miserable too as I only got maybe 2 hours of sleep what with the discomfort and interruptions. Thank goodness I got to move around a bit as time went on, took a few walks, and got discharged the next day.
63 years old
PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%), this after 45 days on cipro! DREs have always been normal.
History of BPH/prostatitis. PCA-3 test: 75.9 (bad news, guaranteeing I have to do....): Biopsy on 11/30/09. Result of biopsy:
5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 4+3. More specifically: 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 30%) on one side. On the other side:2 cores are 4+3 (5%)--1 core 3+4 (30%) no peri-neural invasion. prostate is 45 grams. Stage: T1C
REVISED BIOPSY REPORT: The previous was read by Umich. Slides were then sent to Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital. Here is their report (much better) -- changes in bold print below:
5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 3+4. More specifically: 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 20%) on one side. On the other side, 3 cores were 3+4 (5%, 5%, 20%)
Surgery with Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital, 1/26/10. He says all looked good. Spared nerves. Awaiting pathology report, set for 2/2/10.
Pathology Report: G 4+3 (65%-35%). Cancer in 15% of gland.
Lymph Nodes: Clear
Perineural Invasion: yes. Seminal Vessical Involvement: No
Extraprostatic Extension: yes
Positive Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm
Final Weight is 52.7 gms
Incontinence: just joined that club-- definite leaks-- my guess is 1 pad during the day -- at night??? First night tonight!