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vam4710
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   Posted 7/5/2010 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Well the time is here.... start my fluids only diet and prep in the morning(including Citrate of Magnesium for breakfast,,,yummy!), antibiotics in the afternoon.... should be a fun day paying homage to the porcelan god all day.
Am I nervous????  darn SKIPPY!!!  I was ok.... untill I started buying all the stuff I need to get ready. Not knowing what to expect is the worst!  Thank you all for the support so far.... I'll post again with the outcome.


Diagnosis June 1, 2010 @ age 50
PSA 2.75 (April 2010)  - 2.14  (Sept. 2009) - 1.7 (Sept 2008)
Biopsy May 25, 2010
1 of 12 cores positive;  Gleason 3+4 = 7  25%;   Stage T1c
June 4, 2010
CT and Bone scan - All Negative
 
Da Vinci Surgery  7-7-2010

Post Edited (vam4710) : 7/8/2010 9:30:55 PM (GMT-6)


Purgatory
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   Posted 7/5/2010 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck to you, as you are about to have your surgery. May your surgeon have the most skilled hands possible. Once they put you under, it will all over in the blink of your eyes. Look forward to seeing you on the recoveryside, telling us all about it.

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, 4/8 .04, next one:  July
Latest:  7/9 cath #6 - 41 days, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - 38 days, mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12 ,Cath #11 - 21 days,  Cath #12 - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Cath #13 - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, Cath #17 - 39 days, 7/2 - Corr Surgery #6, 7/2 - Caths #18 & #19


DS Can
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   Posted 7/5/2010 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
As for the bowel prep: As they say in Scouting - Do your best.
You may prefer to have some moistened wipes by the end of the day. Regular tissue might get to feel like sandpaper.
A little nervous is OK.  Have faith and trust that everything will be fine.  Best wishes for a successful surgery and good recovery,
Dan
PSA Jan'07:1.2,  Jan'08:1.9,  Jan'09:2.5
BIOPSY Feb'09  PCa DX, age 52
Right: 3+3=6, 3/6 cores 10% involved,PNI-Y
Left:  3+3=6, 1/7 cores <5% involved,PNI-N
LARP April 9,2009 nerve sparing. Final pathology:
GS 3+4=7, Margins uninvolved, 2 lymph nodes negative
Catheter 8 days, Last pad May 2,2009
latest PSA: April 8,2010 <0.1
 
 


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 7/6/2010 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey vam,

Being nervous is normal. I think you're going to do just fine.

As David said, with the great anesthetics they have these days, it'll be over before you know it.

If you know you have some nausea problems after surgery, let the anesthesiologist know before going and and he/she will give you some stuff that'll really help!

See you "on the other side" of surgery!

All the best,

Barry
Surgery: Da Vinci; July 31, 2007; 54 on surgery day;
Pathology: PSA: 4.3; Gleason: 3+3=6; T2a; Confined to Prostate;
Post RP PSAs: 09/'07 <0.04; 12/'07 <0.04; 03/'08 <0.04;
06/'08 <0.04; 12/'08 <0.04; 06/'09 =0.06; 09/'09 <0.04; 12/'09 =0.05;
3/'10 <0.04; Latest PSA 6/'10 <0.01


Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 7/6/2010 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Looking forward to seeing you on the other side.

Age 55   - 5'11"   215lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
11/20/09 - 18 Month PSA -> less then .01
05/18/10 - 24 Month PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.


Burlcodad
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   Posted 7/6/2010 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck V - I forgot to ask what time you were scheduled for - so perhaps you are already on the other side.
 
Ray
Diagnosed 9/09 at age 54  
PSA 6/09 1.3 
Stage 2b (biopsy done because of firmness felt on right side) 3 positive cores out of 12 (all less than 25%) Gleason 6
 
Surgery  1/13/10 at UP- Penn Presbyterian - Dr David Lee. Home 1/14/10 Nerves spared on both sides -Catheter removed 1/19/10  Path report scheduled for 2/11/10
 
Post OP Pathology Report Gleason score was upgraded to 7 (3+4)
no capsular involvement, seminal vesicles clear, lymph nodes clear, negative margins, gland involvement 2-10%
 
Since report was good and recovery going well next appt is now  the first psa test appt scheduled for 4/22
 
POST OP PSA   4/10 <0.1,
 
Incontinence - Initial 6 pads a day, 3 Weeks - 3 pads a day relatively dry at night , 3 Months mostly dry 0-1 pad per day
 
ED - yes but seeing some improvements - levitra 10 mg 2x week 3 months  100 mg almost daily
 
 
 


April6th
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   Posted 7/6/2010 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck on the surgery and best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Dan
Here are some of my stats:
Age:54
Father diagnosed with PC at age 72 - wasn't contained to prostate when found in 1992.
My PSA rose from 3.2 to 5.1 over the course of 1.5 years with Free PSA at 25% for the last two tests.
DRE showed no evidence of tumor but Uro thought my prostate was a little large for someone my age
PCa diagnosed 4/6/10 after biopsy on 4/1/10
1 out of 12 biopsy samples was positive with 5% of biopsy sample cancerous
Gleason 3+4
Da Vinci surgery on 6/1/10
Pathology report shows cancer confined to prostate and all other tissue clean


60Michael
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   Posted 7/6/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Vam,
My guess is that you will do quite well and anxiety almost is a part of a major surgery. My wife was very supportive, except with the prep work and she told me I was on my own. Found out at my age I wasnt as flexible as I was at age 35. See you on the other side.
Michael
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 on 11/28/10
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10, Completed 39 tx at 70 gys on 3/12/10
6 week Post IMRT PSA .44 a drop from .5 but maybe more
Great family and friends
Michael


Purgatory
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   Posted 7/6/2010 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Michael,

You are quite right, by the time we hit those "fifties" and beyond, we no longer have the ability of Gumby and Pokey no matter what we think! lol.
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, 4/8 .04, next one:  July
Latest:  7/9 cath #6 - 41 days, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - 38 days, mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12 ,Cath #11 - 21 days,  Cath #12 - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Cath #13 - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, Cath #17 - 39 days, 7/2 - Corr Surgery #6, 7/2 - Caths #18 & #19


twash
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   Posted 7/6/2010 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
You will do great! I am 5 weeks in on Thursday, 7/8/10, and I am pleased with how fast things are beginning to improve. Gas pains after surgery were the worst pain I had associated with the whole procedure. Nurses will tell you to walk to help get the gas out. Do it, it works! Expect no continence control at first but it WILL get better in time. I went back to work today and stayed pretty dry all day. Still not much going on in the ED department but that will improve in time too I expect.
This forum is the best. Ask any and all questions or just read and realize we all are going through the same things. YOU WILL GET THROUGH IT AND YO WILL BE FINE. Best of luck>

vam4710
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   Posted 7/6/2010 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys... sorry I missed all the replies... never hit the switch to send emails on reply. It's Tuesday night 10:40pm EST.
It was truly the day from hell with this bowel prep... I thought I was done after the 3rd run.... but low an behold, It kept on coming till about 8:30 this evening.... >DS... sandpaper is an understatement! I'm still sore, but all in all, it's minor to what's coming.
Going in @ 6am.... surgery @ 8am.
I'll shoot you guys an email as soon as I get home.... Thank you ALL for your past and future support... words truly cannot express how I feel!
Diagnosis June 1, 2010 @ age 50
PSA 2.75 (April 2010)  - 2.14  (Sept. 2009) - 1.7 (Sept 2008)
Biopsy May 25, 2010
1 of 12 cores positive;  Gleason 3+4 = 7  25%;   Stage T1c
June 4, 2010
CT and Bone scan - All Negative
 
Da Vinci Surgery  7-7-2010


vam4710
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   Posted 7/6/2010 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Burlcodad said...
Best of luck V - I forgot to ask what time you were scheduled for - so perhaps you are already on the other side.
 
Ray

 

Ray, ... I'll contact you as soon as I get my fingers on a keyboard... Thank Bud!!!

 


Diagnosis June 1, 2010 @ age 50
PSA 2.75 (April 2010)  - 2.14  (Sept. 2009) - 1.7 (Sept 2008)
Biopsy May 25, 2010
1 of 12 cores positive;  Gleason 3+4 = 7  25%;   Stage T1c
June 4, 2010
CT and Bone scan - All Negative
 
Da Vinci Surgery  7-7-2010


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   Posted 7/6/2010 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Vam
We are here on the other side - the welcome squad is watching for your report!

vam4710
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   Posted 7/7/2010 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello from THIS side! Well guys ,my fiancé brought my iPhone so I'm able to send you this message from bedside. Doc said surgery went extremely well, I woke up in recovery at about 12:30 pm. In my room by 1:45. The only real issue I was having was the extreme pressure I flet in my bladder.... It felt like I drank a twelve pack and hadn't urinated in three hours. One incision site it kinda soar and a have very little to no gas issues. Kinda tired right now and hopefully I can get some sleep. I'll write more once I go home tomorrow. Thanks again to all for your support...... Ray, if you see this post... Your the best my brother.... Thanks for keeping in touch and being there with all the support. I'm confident the pathology will come back ok next week. Going back to the URo next Thursday for results and cath removal! Will keep you all posted.... Hopefully I can pay forward my experiences with others as you all have with me.

God bless you all!!
Diagnosis June 1, 2010 @ age 50
PSA 2.75 (April 2010)  - 2.14  (Sept. 2009) - 1.7 (Sept 2008)
Biopsy May 25, 2010
1 of 12 cores positive;  Gleason 3+4 = 7  25%;   Stage T1c
June 4, 2010
CT and Bone scan - All Negative
 
Da Vinci Surgery  7-7-2010


60Michael
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   Posted 7/7/2010 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great Vam. Get some rest and update us when you can.
Michael
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 on 11/28/10
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10, Completed 39 tx at 70 gys on 3/12/10
6 week Post IMRT PSA .44 a drop from .5 but maybe more
Great family and friends
Michael


Purgatory
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   Posted 7/7/2010 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
vam, thats good news so far. rest and recovery, and post more when you are able, welcome to the other side, the recovery side, the whole gang is here rooting for you.

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, 4/8 .04, next one:  July
Latest:  7/9 cath #6 - 41 days, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - 38 days, mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12 ,Cath #11 - 21 days,  Cath #12 - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Cath #13 - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, Cath #17 - 39 days, 7/2 - Corr Surgery #6, 7/2 - Caths #18 & #19


DS Can
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   Posted 7/7/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Vam,

I'm glad to hear today's upbeat report.  I hope you have lots of help in the next few weeks.  Get away with whatever you can, but not to be lazy.  Get your exercise but get plenty of rest, too.  Welcome to this side and keep healing,

Dan


PSA Jan'07:1.2,  Jan'08:1.9,  Jan'09:2.5
BIOPSY Feb'09  PCa DX, age 52
Right: 3+3=6, 3/6 cores 10% involved,PNI-Y
Left:  3+3=6, 1/7 cores <5% involved,PNI-N
LARP April 9,2009 nerve sparing. Final pathology:
GS 3+4=7, Margins uninvolved, 2 lymph nodes negative
Catheter 8 days, Last pad May 2,2009
latest PSA: April 8,2010 <0.1
 
 


Sleepless09
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   Posted 7/7/2010 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, Vam, welcome to the other side.

Sounds like the worst part was the bowel prep! (The surgeon I had didn't do that. As I understand it, he's done some 1,500 of these prostatectomies and after 500, or something, asked himself why have patients do bowel prep? -- couldn't come up with a good answer, and gave up on it years ago. My kind of doc!)

Looking forward to reading a report from you tomorrow. In the meantime, drink, walk, rest, drink, walk, rest.


Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours.  Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
 
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
 
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8 less than 0.02
PSA on April 9 less than 0.02 
 
  


English Alf
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   Posted 7/8/2010 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to part 2 Vam

I think you may be the first person here to post from the post-op bed. and lucky you to have a financé or do you mean finacée: I haven't had one for over 25 years. Oh no wait a sec it's okay: I married her.

Tell the staff about all discomfort, pain dizziness etc, this is the time to let the meds do their work. But also don't forget to do that walking.

The cath will be annoying. Bear with it for a week or so and it'll soon be a thing of the past.

Alf
Age at Dx 48 No Family history of Prostate Cancer
Married 25 years, and I cannot thank my wife enough for her support.
April 2009: PSA 8.6 DRE: negative. Tumour in 2 out of 12 cores. Gleason 3+3.
RALP (nerve-sparing) at AVL-NKI Hospital Amsterdam on 29th July 2009. Stay 1 night.
Partial erections on while catheter still in. Catheter out on 6th Aug 2009.
Dry at night after catheter came out
Post-op Gleason 3+4. Tumour mainly in left near neck of bladder.
Left Seminal Vesicle invaded, (=T3b!)
no perineraul invasion, no vascular invasion. clear margins,
Erection 100% on 15th Aug 2009, but lots of leaking of urine
Stopped wearing pads on 21st Sept 2009
Pre-op style intercourse on 24th Oct 2009 !! No use of tablets, jabs, VED etc. but...
Nov 17th 2009 PSA = 0.1
Can still get erections okay, and almost no leaking of urine, but since December 2009 I don't have orgasms, instead I just have intense pain in place where prostate used to be.
Mar 17th 2010 PSA = 0.4!!! referred to radiation therapist
April 13th 2010 CT scan.
April 28th 2010 Started Radiation Therapy (66Gy - 33 sessions)
June 11th 2010 finished RT - main side effect tiredness, but also the occasional small leak
June 27th My 50th Birthday - feeling better but still not 100% okay


Worried Guy
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   Posted 7/8/2010 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Vam,
Welcome to this side. Sounds like you are doing great - except for that little iPhone addiction you've got going.
Relax and enjoy the time off.
Jeff
Married 34 years, DX Age 56. First routine PSA test on April 8, 09: 17.8. Start 2 weeks of Cipro to rule out protatitis. May '09 PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: PSA: 23.2.
Biopsy 6/10/09: 7/12 scores positive, 20%-70%, Gleason 3+4=7, 3+3=6. Bone and C/T scans neg.
RP DaVinci -7/21/2009 @ Univ of Roch Medical Center
Left nerve gone, right partial spared.
Catheter removed - 7/31/2009 Pathology report received:
Gleason 3+4=7, Tumor size: 2.5 x 1.8 cm, location: both lobes and apex.
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive.
No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX
Post Surgery Status:
Potency - 12/11 5 months, Still no activity, zip. Using pump daily since 11/11. No effect with 20 mg of Cialis or 100 mg of Viagra. Shots next See Uro 1/22/10 Trimix #1. Try 0.08- 25%, 0.12-25%, 2/26/10 try 0.16 First Success! 90%.
Incontinence - 8/20 4 full pads per day
.. 9/7 3-4 full pads per day. Try controlling fluids.
12/11/09 5 months: 3 pads per day, 400-450ml/day
02/26/10 7 months: 3 pads but leak is now 320 ml (5 day avg.)
03/22/10 8 months: 3 pads per day, 280 ml/day (5 day avg.) PT says all muscles are tight and working properly. There must be another issue. Uro mtg 4/23.
5/22/10 10 months: 2 pads per day, 190 ml/day Scope on June 15 Short sphincter
Post Surgery PSA - 9/3 6 weeks - 0.05; 10/13 3 months - 0.04, 1/14 6 months - 0.05, 4/14 9 months - 0.04 and <0.01 with ECLIA.


vam4710
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   Posted 7/8/2010 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning guys .... 8:30 am, waiting for the doctor to show up and spring me loose. Bit of a rough night, pain was tolerable, a percocet and just two Tylenol four hours after that. Biggest issue was the cath. Extremely sensitive and the bladder pressure at one point was really bad. Nurse came in and had me lie on my side which helped a bit. Doc also put in a size 20 cath which from what I'm told is kinda large. Also have another drain that looks like a mini donut on the left side of my stomach.... Gotta ask the doc about that one. Got up to walk around twice yesterday. Made it about thirty feet then bad to go back. Jello and decalf for breakfast along with apple juice. Not looking forward to the bowels activating as it's sore as he'll when I strain my stomach. Looks like my biggest issue may be the cath. In the days to come.
Will keep you all posted. Thanks for being here!!!
Diagnosis June 1, 2010 @ age 50
PSA 2.75 (April 2010)  - 2.14  (Sept. 2009) - 1.7 (Sept 2008)
Biopsy May 25, 2010
1 of 12 cores positive;  Gleason 3+4 = 7  25%;   Stage T1c
June 4, 2010
CT and Bone scan - All Negative
 
Da Vinci Surgery  7-7-2010


Burlcodad
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   Posted 7/8/2010 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
V
 
Welcome to the other side.  Hang in there - the side efffects should diminish as you become more active - hopefully the heat will break and you can get out later today or tommorrow and start walking a little at a time.  That and drinking a lot of water seems to help the recovery process.  The cath is a nuisance at first but you will get use to it and hopefully it will be out next week.  I did not have the drain plug so I'm not sure what that was. 
 
Keep us posted on your progress
 
Ray
Diagnosed 9/09 at age 54  
PSA 6/09 1.3 
Stage 2b (biopsy done because of firmness felt on right side) 3 positive cores out of 12 (all less than 25%) Gleason 6
 
Surgery  1/13/10 at UP- Penn Presbyterian - Dr David Lee. Home 1/14/10 Nerves spared on both sides -Catheter removed 1/19/10  Path report scheduled for 2/11/10
 
Post OP Pathology Report Gleason score was upgraded to 7 (3+4)
no capsular involvement, seminal vesicles clear, lymph nodes clear, negative margins, gland involvement 2-10%
 
Since report was good and recovery going well next appt is now  the first psa test appt scheduled for 4/22
 
POST OP PSA   4/10 <0.1,
 
Incontinence - Initial 6 pads a day, 3 Weeks - 3 pads a day relatively dry at night , 3 Months mostly dry 0-1 pad per day
 
ED - yes but seeing some improvements - levitra 10 mg 2x week 3 months  100 mg almost daily
 
 
 


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   Posted 7/8/2010 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Vam,
The small drain is for blood & fluid from the surgery area (internal). They will probably take that out today.

Ask the doc about stool softeners if you are not already taking them. I took Docusate Calcium - made the first BM a non-event.

Welcome to the other side!

Jerry1
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   Posted 7/8/2010 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Vam,
 
Glad to hear all went well may your future be filled with zero's.
 
Jerry1
Age 70
DX 8/13/08 , PSA 4.0, Biopsy 14 samples 1 positive 12% of sample,
Gleason Score 4+4 =8  Bone scan and MRI negative
Da Vince surgery on Oct 17, 08 Florida Hospital Dr Vipul Patel
Post Gleason report  4+4 = 8 Lymph nodes on both sides negative
margins Negative  Stage II (pt2a) 
Cath out on October 29th left in longer due to small leak.
11/19/08 dry no more pads
12/2/08 first PSA <0.1
 3/6/09 6 Month PSA 0.0
6/3/09 9 month  PSA 0.1
7/14/09  PSA still 0.1
10/15/09 PSA 0.3
10/26/09 surgery to remove 3 clips in bladder neck  
11/16/09 PSA 0.3
12/14/09 PSA 0.4 
12/28/09 PSA 0.5
Start salvage radiation treatments on January 18th. 
Finished IMRT
First PSA after 3 mos. 1.5 not good news


vam4710
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   Posted 7/8/2010 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all.... I'm home,,, what I didn't feel yesterday, I'm sure feeling now.... the soreness is somewhat tolerable, but the gas pains are UNBEARABLE!!! Been trying to walk around, but nothinh is coming out, from top or bottom. Also alot of pressure at times from my bladder. I took a 2 hour nap because I didnt sleep at all last night. Also.... I shouldn't be worried about this since I know there still is swelling, but the incision site above the belly button forces that whole area to a pont. Looks like there's a golfball shoved under the skin.
Anybody else have this??
Diagnosis June 1, 2010 @ age 50
PSA 2.75 (April 2010)  - 2.14  (Sept. 2009) - 1.7 (Sept 2008)
Biopsy May 25, 2010
1 of 12 cores positive;  Gleason 3+4 = 7  25%;   Stage T1c
June 4, 2010
CT and Bone scan - All Negative
 
Da Vinci Surgery  7-7-2010

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