Sounds really exotic, seeing all the parts and equipment laid out on the table. There seemed to be altogether too much technology involved. But once on my back "assuming the position", I discovered that the three needles hurt a good bit more than the 12 from the biopsy, and I don't feel like any of my systems got an upgrade in the process.
I've felt worse, and still compare it to my "gold standard" - the dentist who didn't believe he had missed the nerve before he started cutting for a crown. I'm still convinced he remodeled the office because I tore part of the ceiling out. Today - the urologist's building is intact.
But now I have three markers implanted where my prostate used to be. The Dr. said it was more difficult due to all the internal scar tissue, and six hours later sitting is difficult (ok, painful - a solid 7). They did a verification xray, decided all was well (scary to think what would have happened if they wanted to move one
They issued me an id for anyone that ever does an MRI - seems my markers actually transmit a registered id - so much for fading away in to anonymity. I was offended that they didn't have set #142 available. Too late.
Now I will continue to take advantage of my three month pass. Three weeks before I go nuclear....
(update after 9 pm)
By the dinner hour, pain is a 3, I can sit, and I'll permit myself a glass of red wine. The crown remains the "gold standard" for pain.
(I am adding this timeline for the entire IGRT process that I have used in another post, since this post started with the actual Beacon insertion, day 14 in the list below)
(Starting point is DaVinci surgery + 20 weeks)
Day 1) Uro / Surgeon consult, referral to RT (had met with them as part of my second opinions, so files had already been sent over).
Day 4) Radiation Consult, Appointment made with uro for Calypso beacon insertion.
Day 5) Blood drawn at Uro for tests.
Wait for appointment date (blood work had to come back first).
Day 14) Insertion appointment.
Minimum 15 day "healing" wait expected.
Day 33) Appointment for Planning CT scan.
Planning process - allow at least 1 week.
Day 41) Test walk-through with xrays and simulated radiation session.
Day 42) Next day started the 39 IGRT sessions.
After sessions were finished, there was a 6-week wait before the followup visit, with PSA test.
Handed back to the uro at that point.
Post Edited (142) : 9/27/2010 7:45:51 AM (GMT-6)