I am a new member and I also had a positive experience with the Davinci robot surgery. I am so happy with the results and, if you are a candidate for this type of surgery, go with an experienced surgeon. I am now 11 days post-op and I feel I made the right move. The worst part of this ordeal was the anxiety, the waiting and the element of the unknown these past 6 months. Once the procedure is done and then the pathology report results are made known, all there is to do is get those follow-up PSA tests done. Keep positive, get educated about this disease, and do all you can to make life better for yourself.
PSA test: 8/2007-2.8, 8/2008-3.2, 12/09-4.2, 2/10-4.72
DRE's all normal.
Free PSA test: 3/10 4.6 w/10% free PSA
Biopsy: 4/2010 4 of 12 cores positive for Pca
Core #1 5% of Gleason 3+3=6
Core #2 25% of Gleason 3+3=6
Core #3 80% of Gleason 3+4=7
Core #4 100% of Gleason 3+4=7
Davinci Robotic surgery at Queen of the Valley MC in Napa, CA on 6/10/2010 performed by Dr. James Hendricks.
Surgery went without any problems, from 7:30 am to 11:00am.
Released from hospital next morning 11am.
Catheter removed 6/16/2010.
Biopsy report: Adenocarcinoma, Gleason score 3+4=7 involving <half left lobe only. Margins free of tumor. No evidence of extraprostatic extension of tumor. No neoplasm identified in bilateral seminal vesicles/ vas deferens. No lymph node involvement.
Perineural invasion: Yes (positive).
Tumor site: Left apex, Left mid <5% involvement.
pt2a, pNX, pMX. Tumor size 1.8 cm.
High grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN).
Prostate weight 41 grams.
Continence: 1 pad per day-(mostly for just in case). Just about completely dry! Every day gets better.
ED: Yes, but I have hopes since both nerves were spared.
Pain level is just about nil 11 days after surgery.