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James C.
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   Posted 3/24/2010 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
In another thread, MOM48 posted for the first time. She said:

TO rhb47:
I wanted to let you know that my 57 yr old husband had divinci done by Dr. Vipul Patel 90 days ago, and it was a very positive experience. He was Gleason 7 with a 100 gm prostate. He is completely leakfree and pad free. The surgeon was not able to spare one side of a nerve due to perineural invasion, but his ED was due to 2 years of Finasteride and Uroxital. He had a very easy recovery. The Robotic Institute is very specialized and adapted to Dr. Patel. They are a very professional office, but very personal. Your initial visit may take 3-4 hours for them to evaluate and educate you to help you make the right decision for you. The wait time after deciding on surgery is usually 90 days. Prostate cancer is usually slow growing, and this gives you time to heal from your biopsy and to get your general health in order. They are an Adventist Hospital in Celebration, but there is no religious agenda or pressure. The best place to stay post-op is Mona Lisa Suites because it is next to the hospital and they provide 24 hour shuttle to the hospital and have ample of walking space. You will be discharged the morning after your surgery, but will want to stay in town for a few days in case you have catheter problems. My husband had a fever the first night in the hotel, and the response from Dr. Patel's office was immediate, and I was able to reach the actual doctor within minutes. Read past posts, especially "Things I did not know before having PCa" This site helped me immensely in all the details to help my husband recover. He post-op PSA is <.01 - nondetectable!!! We had Avmed insurance and all we had to pay of the $50,000 bill was our tiny deductible - all pre-op visits and second opinions, post-op visits, all hospital costs and medications sent home, and all cystograms were all covered. We have been very pleased. Our local urologist only did open surgery and said he would recommend the divinci to anyone due to the ease of recovery - he is too old to learn all the skills of the robot. If you decide surgery, be SURE to DRINK and WALK as you KEGEL.

You have been so helpful to us over the last 5 months - you probably will not ever know the extent of your influence on so many people just by your information and encouragement. I will be praying for you as to your decisions with the new PSA numbers. Keep up the fight!!

I do not know how to add the signature at the bottom!

Welcome to HW and thanks for sharing your story with us. You can create a signature by opening the Control Panel, upper left, then clicking Edit Profile, then scroll to the bottom and enter the pertinent details there. Again, welcome..

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2243
   Posted 3/24/2010 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Mom 48,
Glad your husband is doing well and it sounds like you had a first class experience with his tx. team. Sonny has been an inspiration to all of us so I am sure he will he will be gratefull for your kind words.
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed, 61 yo 2010
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
T2C left lateral and left posterior margins involved
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4, 6 1/2 month psa.5
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10, Completed 39 tx at 72 gys on 3/12/10
Great family and friends

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 3/24/2010 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HW Prostate Cancer. Glad to read that your husband is doing so well in his journey.

Yes, Bro. Sonny is one of our many gems here among the brothers. He's a good person to be around.

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, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
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 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12  same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Caths #13 & #14 same time, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days

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