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jacketch
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 10/31/2010 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
In February of 2008 I went in for outpatient surgery for an inguinal hernia patch and, after a series of misfortunes, ended up on a catheter for 3 and a half months. An enlarged prostate was one of the contributing factors and subsequent tests revealed a rising PSA. By February of 2009 I was in for a prostate biopsy and the result was what we all fear.

I have been fortunate since my RRP in May of 2009. I have had virtually no adverse side affects. I've been continent since the catheter was removed 8 days post surgery and I have experienced no issues with ED.

Everything has been great so far particularly considering the trials and tribulations that some HW members undergo.

Until now. I've developed a problem, though minor, that really has me stressed. I've developed another inguinal hernia, on the other side and need to have it looked after. My prostate surgery went so well that I consider it a breeze compared to the issues I had with my prior hernia repair and it really has me shook thinking about this simple outpatient surgery. To make things more worrisome, my sweet wife will be going in for some corrective surgery several weeks after mine and I worry that I may not be well enough to able to help her through her own ordeal.

Anyone else ever been in this situation? Any words of wisdom?
63 yo
V10.46 Dx Feb-09

RRP 5-5-09

No adverse SE

PSA still zero after 18 months.


Thriving, not just surviving!

compiler
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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 7270
   Posted 10/31/2010 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Usually, that would be easy day surgery, not requiring a catheter.
 
What happened before and is it likely to happen again?
 
Mel

goodlife
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   Posted 10/31/2010 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Most likely it will be a routine in and out out patient deal with no complications. Inserting the mesh is fairly straight forward.

On the other hand, if you are really worried about caring for your wife, it is usually not an emergency type of surgery and could most likely be postponed for 2 or 3 months as long as you keep and eye on it and watch for strangulation.

I had 2 inguinal surgeries when I was a kid. They even had us wear a truss back then to keep it in place. Don't know if they even use those anynmore.

After kicking the PC, you can handle about anything.
Goodlife
 
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10,  9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01

jacketch
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 179
   Posted 11/1/2010 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
The problem with the previous surgery was an inability to urinate afterward followed by bladder problems. The camera up the penis several times was part of the joy of the whole thing.

I would wait but because of my insurance situation we would both like to get these surgeries done this year. Next year it will be much more expensive for us and we will have less available funds.

Yes they do make trusses and they do work fairly well if a bit annoying to wear.
63 yo
V10.46 Dx Feb-09

RRP 5-5-09

No adverse SE

PSA still zero after 18 months.


Thriving, not just surviving!

goodlife
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 2692
   Posted 11/1/2010 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
For a normal inguinal hernia, there should be no need for a camera up the penis, so hopefully, there won't be a problem this time because you are peeing out a straight pipe.

Goodlife
Goodlife
 
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10,  9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01
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