Post-op 5 days, really sore throat

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   Posted 12/21/2010 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Have a really sore throat after RRP on Wednesday. Everything else seems to be healing. Catheter, of course, is a pain in the neck.

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 12/21/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
My guess would be that the sore throat is unrelated to your surgery.

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   Posted 12/21/2010 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
could be from the endotrachial tube they used to have you on the respirator during the procedure...This usually goes away oin a day or so though.....My guess is they used an oversized tube for whatever reasons on you so the vocal cords and surrounding area is still inflamed... losenges will help or find a tea with "slippery elm" that will coat the throat and it will feel better no matter what the cause is.

Hope all goes well for you!

James C.
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   Posted 12/21/2010 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Flytyer2, glad you had a successful procedure and are well on your road to recovery. I would suspect it was the endo tube also. Give it a couple more days and see if it eases up. The old remedy of honey and lemon may ease the inflammation for you.
James C. Age 63
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4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RRP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., all clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement of the left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09- Uh-Oh, next in Feb.
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Tim G
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   Posted 12/21/2010 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Good news to hear that you made it thru your surgery ok. I, too, had a sore throat for a week or two due to the breathing tube used during surgery. All the best on your continued recovery. Take care and hang in there.

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 12/21/2010 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news that you in recovery. Yep had the same issue Dr said it was the Edno Tube and give it a few days. You will be fine...I do agree that darn Cath is a real bother. Do keep us posted.

Cajun jeff
9/08 PSA 5.4 referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3+4=7 1 positive core in 12 1% cancer core
10/08 Nerve-Sparing open radicalSurgery Path Report Downgrade 3+3=6 GS Stage pT2c margins clea
r3 month: PSA <0.1
19th month: PSA <0.1
2 year PSA <0.1
Only issue at this time is ED but getting better

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   Posted 12/21/2010 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I see two possibilities. First, from being intubated during sugery. Second, I had a horribly sore throat as a side-effect of 5mg daily dose of cialis. It resolved by lowering the daily dose.

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   Posted 12/21/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I suffered about a month of sore throat provoked, the doctor thought, by the tube (DaVinci surgery), but worsened because I had sinus issues while in the hospital, and the drainage did not help.

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   Posted 12/21/2010 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the sore throat as well, not too bad though. I did notice it took me about a month before I got my taste buds back.. for awhile there NOTHING tasted good or like it should. But that eventually went away.

Good luck to you.

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   Posted 12/21/2010 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
During my da vinci they told me I would be breathing mechanically this meant to me that they stopped my regular respiration and had whatever they call it do my breathing. In the davinci surgery I think you are at something like a 45 degree angle head down so that your organs shift by gravity away from the surgery site. This might end up being a little rougher on you breathing wise? However you will be having the catheter out soon and if it persists you will be in a good spot to ask some questions if need be.
Glad to hear this is the only unplanned for issue and hope you are bouncing arouind again soon
06-08 1st biopsy neg psa 4
10-09 psa 5.5 2nd biopsy 1/12 pos. 10%, G(4+3) age 65
12-15-09 RRP Tulane NOLA Dr Lee
Path, 1%, clr marg, no EPE, no SVI, nodes cl, G(4+3)
100% incontinent after 3 mo. PT
ED, pre-op severe, post op total
10/10 Dr Boone, Baylor recomended AUS
AUS and IPP scheduled 1/11/11
post op psa's 0.04,<0.1,<0.1,0.01@12 mo.

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   Posted 12/21/2010 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
The sore throat after surgery was pretty annoying for me, too, and it was definitely because of the intubation.  However, mine posed a special problem because I have sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine.  The sore, swollen throat did not mix well with the apnea, and I was very glad when it went away.  I have a number of suggestions for an apnea sufferer who is having prostate surgery,  but that's for another post.
I was just wondering the other day if you got back home to Arkansas OK.  Our friend from South Dakota who was at Mayo around the same time you were had a smooth trip home and is doing well.
Congratulations on your successful surgery.  Who's going to remove your catheter?

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   Posted 12/21/2010 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup, you can blame the anesthesiologist on that sore throat..I could not talk right for a month...I talked like Donald Duck..

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   Posted 12/21/2010 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the others, its the tube, and good luck during your recovery
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
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