On the lighter side

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   Posted 12/10/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been experiencing a great deal of discomfort since my robotic surgery. I recently went to urinate and felt  what I thought was a stone passing through my urethra. Upon closer surveillance it is a small medical clip that had a piece of suture attached to it. I almost fainted when I realized what it was. It looks like something that would clip off a vein or small vessel. Anyway this is strange but I thought it might add a lighter side to a serious prostate cancer disease.
Stay well and blessed
Age 67. Robotic prostatectomy 10/26/2010, due for HT and RT in Janury 0f 2011. Eight of 12 lobes positive. Gleason Score 4+4=8, Margin envolvement was present with adipose tissue invasion and perineural invasion, glandular and stromal hyperplasia present,pT3 pNO and no evidence of metastatic adenocarcinoma.

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   Posted 12/10/2010 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
All I can say is  "Ouch!"

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   Posted 12/10/2010 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
You are not the first to tell of roving surgical clips, but it does always bring a shudder and and 'ouch!' when I read about them.
Better that it passed than 'had to be removed'!

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   Posted 12/10/2010 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you have a Cysto-Gram prior to Catheter removal
Check out all those rotten clips that they use !
I suspect that they get paid by the number used.

I worrie that they will move around and puncture other bits down there.
I know that I can often detect a sharpish pain as though someone
was poking you with a biro from the inside-out.

Curious that it got into the bladder
Curious that it had a rope on it -- I suspect that it was
"Holding something back"

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   Posted 12/10/2010 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   

You shouldnt be too surprised about it being in the bladder. The most complicated part of the surgery is the delicate rejoining of the urethra adn bladder neck, there's plenty of time during that phase for debris to makes its way in.

These episodes are rare, but every time I hear one, it makes my willy scream.

Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 12/10/2010 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
It hurts me just reading it. I'm glad you are OK.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08 PSA 3.8
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4)
Davinci surgery 2/9/09 Gleason 4+4 EPE,
Margins clear, nerve bundles removed
Prostate weighed 57 grams 10-20% involved
all PSA tests since (2, 5, 8, 11, 15, 18 months) undetectable
Latest PSA test (21 months) .005

mr bill
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   Posted 12/11/2010 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe that is why I experience some pain when I have to urinate instead of "the urge."  Goes away when I begin to urinate.   Things that want to make you say Hmmmm...

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 12/12/2010 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Be sure and call your surgeon and tell him about this.
I had to have a clip surgically removed 8 weeks ago...Annual physical two weeks ago shows that I still have blood in my urine. (just found this out on friday) Have a strong feeling I'll get to get another expensive CT scan.

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   Posted 12/12/2010 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Dang that sounds painful, yikes.
Hopefully there aren't any more floating around.

peace to you
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 47 (current)


My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes (3 positive) was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
I was on Lupron, Casodex, and Avodart for two years with my last shot March 2009. I am currently (7-22-2010) not on any medication.
My Oncology hospital is The Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion IL
PSA July of 2007 was 16.4
PSA May of 2008 was.11
PSA July 24th, 2008 is 0.04
PSA Dec 16th, 2008 is .016
PSA Mar 30th, 2009 is .02
PSA July 28th 2009 is .01
PSA OCt 15th 2009 is .11
PSA Jan 15th 2010 is .13
PSA April 16th of 2010 is .16
PSA July 22nd of 2010 is .71
Testosterone keeps rising, the current number is 156, up from 57 in May

T level dropped to 37 Mar 30th, 2009
cancer in 4 of 6 cores
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