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GTOdave
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   Posted 12/29/2010 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
The robot goes to work on me in less than 24 hours. I've avoided posting for a few days, as their have been some sad and distressing posts, that have at least helped me to feel better about my disease and prognosis.

This truly is a remarkable site with generous and compassionate souls. I pray that you all find good health and peace in the new year.

See y'all on the other side!

Dave
52 yr old, newly diagnosed. PSA 3.5, Gleason 6 with 3 of 4 top nodes (0%;1%;10%;1%) cancerous. Bottom 2 floors are clean.
Da Vinci surgery scheduled for 12/30/10

Roadracer
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Date Joined Sep 2010
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   Posted 12/29/2010 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Dave,

Best of luck! Tell your surgeon to be sure he brings his "A" game!

My Davinci was three years ago and I recall I badly wanted to see the robot up close (engineer's curiosity). But they put me under way too quickly to get a good look. A year later a local hospital brought a Davinci robot to our local Lifelong Learning annual kickoff meeting. They were planning to allow us senior citizens to operate the thing, stretching rubber bands over a pair of nails hammered into a board. I was first in line. I sat down at the controls and it blew all the fuses in the place leaving several hundred folks disappointed. They could never get it running for the whole morning. My career as a "surgeon" was over before it began.

Seriously, I was amazed at how quickly I recovered. I left the operating room at about 5:30pm after 4+ hours of surgery and walked to my car just after noon the next day. My wife drove me the two hours home without incident. Despite marginal post-op pathology, my PSA has stayed non-detectable (except for one testing error about a year ago). My biggest problems have been ED and a dribble that causes me to need a pad during the day. I'm fine at night. I'm a little jealous of the many others who maintain function completely and I hope you're one of those guys!

Roadracer

In This Together Wife
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 135
   Posted 12/29/2010 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Believing the best for you. Keep us posted.
CareBear



8-20-09 Consult with urologist PSA 4.89




11-13-09 DaVinci




2-22-10 PSA
0.01 !!!
11-2010 0.01

clocknut
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Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 2680
   Posted 12/29/2010 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   

Tell the robot I said hello.  I think it's a "she," because I still have half a dozen little love bites on my abdomen. She came and went while I was asleep, sort of like Santa Claus, and I have no recollection of anything in the operating theater.  She seems to have done good work for me, and I wish you the same. 

I'll know more very soon.  My surgery was August 20th, and today I finally have my first post-op PSA drawn.

We'll all be thinking of you tomorrow.  What part of the world are you in? 


knotreel
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 654
   Posted 12/29/2010 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck on the op. I hope your experience will be like mine was, almost painless and quick recovery. You will wake up with your new friend, Mr. Foley. Don't piss him off. Keep him clean, wiped down with a lightly soapy wash cloth and lubed with antibotic ouintment and the friendship will last a week or two.
Ron
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.

p_elliott
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Date Joined Nov 2010
Total Posts : 143
   Posted 12/29/2010 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck, I hope it all goes well. Keep a positive attitude and do what the nurses tell you to. You'll be home in a couple of days.

Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4849
   Posted 12/29/2010 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
We'll see you on the other side. Hope everything comes out OK... (pun intended)

Cajun Jeff
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4119
   Posted 12/29/2010 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
See you on the other side. Best wishies for you.

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

volv9300
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Date Joined Dec 2010
Total Posts : 15
   Posted 12/29/2010 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
This site has helped me tremendously. Good luck from a healing car guy. volv9300

Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 12/29/2010 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck, Dave, and we will see you safey on the other side
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

TTaylor
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Date Joined Nov 2010
Total Posts : 102
   Posted 12/29/2010 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
The best of luck and good health to you Dave. I have a friend that had his robotic surgery a week after mine and 3 weeks later he was duck hunting in Nebraska. Hopefully you will have the same good fortune. Keep us posted.
Stay well and blessed
TTaylor
Age 67. Robotic prostatectomy 10/26/2010, due for 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.

TTaylor
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Date Joined Nov 2010
Total Posts : 102
   Posted 12/29/2010 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
The best of luck and good health to you Dave. I have a friend that had his robotic surgery a week after mine and 3 weeks later he was duck hunting in Nebraska. Hopefully you will have the same good fortune. Keep us posted.
Stay well and blessed
TTaylor
Age 67. Robotic prostatectomy 10/26/2010, due for 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.

MarkMyWords
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Date Joined Dec 2010
Total Posts : 55
   Posted 12/29/2010 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck Dave -

Remember to keep that hospital gown closed when you are walking down the hallways. =) Modesty goes away after the whole ordeal - hell, you won't mind flying and having the TSA touching your junk. LOL

Best of luck and a speedy recovery. Come back and visit - these guys are a great bunch and will help you mentally. They are a great resource for all of the new feelings you will experience after the surgery.

Mark
Father diagnosed in April 2010, 38 year old brother diagnosed in June 2010 and I was diagnosed in Sept 2010.
Age 45
Jul 2010 - PSA 10.1
Aug 2010 - Biopsy - 12 of 12 cores positive - Gleason 7 (3+4 on the right, 4+3 on the left)
Sept 2010 - CAT and Bone scans negative.
Nov 2010 - da vinci RP with negative margins. nerve bundles were not spared. negative lymph nodes. Pathology Stage pT3c.

Ger42
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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 189
   Posted 12/29/2010 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I wish you good luck. The room I was rolled into looked like a NASCAR garage that was packed with stuff. I don't know if the machine was in the room or not. I was out within a minute of getting there. I've thought of asking my surgeon if there is a recording of the procedure if so I'd like to get a copy. Maybe when I see him in Feb.
Age 68 weight 185 height 6'
Samples taken 4/19/2010 sent to Bostwick
3 out of 12 samples cancer
1) gleason score 3+3 involving 65%
2) gleason score 3+3 involving 65%
3) gleason score 3+3 involving 10%
PSA 3.5 Mar 19
PSA 2.5 Apr 4
Bone scan clean CT scan clean
Da Vinci 10/12/2010 DR Paul Kahn all nerves spared
Home 10/19/20
Cath out 10/22/2010
Prostate 56 gm. Gleason grade 3+4 = 7
2 MO PSA 0.0

April6th
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Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 264
   Posted 12/29/2010 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck with the surgery!

And I am wishing you a lifetime of membership in the Zero Club (and by a look at your stats, that is very very likely)

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
PSA tested on 7/15/10: Zero Club membership card issued (trial membership with 90 day renewal)

GTOdave
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Date Joined Oct 2010
Total Posts : 175
   Posted 12/29/2010 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
clocknut said...


We'll all be thinking of you tomorrow. What part of the world are you in?


I'm in western/central CT. Surgery is at Danbury Hospital.

I told my doc to eat light before working on me. Don't like the idea of him getting the hiccups while working on me. One little slip and the robot flings me off the table smilewinkgrin

Thanks all for the kind words.

Aloha!

Tim G
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Total Posts : 2361
   Posted 12/29/2010 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Dave,

All the best on your surgery tomorrow! I'm sure you'll do great, and we look forward to hearing back from you as you begin your recovery. Take care and hang in there.

Tim
PSA quadrupled in one year (0.6 to 2.6)
DRE negative Retested at 3 months
1 of 12 biopsies positive (< 5%) G6
RP open surgery June 2006 at age 57
Bilateral nerve-sparing
Organ-confined to small area, downgraded to G5
Prostate weight 34 grams
PSAs < 0.1

James C.
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Total Posts : 4463
   Posted 12/29/2010 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck with the surgery! Now you get to start down the path of recovery, so see you on the other side. First after care advice, on your feet as soon as possible, walk as often as possible, drink ever increasing amounts of water, ad distance to your walking daily. You got lots of toxins, junk and gunk to come out shortly, and walking with lots of water will flush them out and get your internal systems back to normal again. Good luck.
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man tinyurl.com/28e8qcg
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 Jan & Feb.
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

Burlcodad
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Total Posts : 254
   Posted 12/29/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   

Best of luck tomorrow.  Please keep us posted on how things went.

 

 


Skate
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Date Joined Oct 2010
Total Posts : 424
   Posted 12/29/2010 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Dave:

All the best with your upcoming surgery. Get up and walk as soon as possible and keep walking.  Drink an abundance of water and wash yourself out regularly.  Keep us posted as the guys here offer so much to the healing process.  I just hooked up with this forum as I began HT a month or so ago.  Two and a half years previous I had surgery, followed by RT 18 months later. I wish I would have found this forum then as it was a very lonely recovery.  Everyone around me was supportive but I still felt I was alone through everything.  I guess you really have to "be there" to really understand.  Good luck to you!

Jack


Age 59 at Dx
01/08 PSA 4.17 with node on prostate(doubled in a year)
03/08 RP - PSA 0.0 for one year
Total ED / pump / pills no effect
09/09 RT PSA .14 / 36 treatments
Total ED / pump / pills no effect
08/10 PSA .6
10/10 PSA 1.67
08/11/10 PSA 3.44 HT recommended asap
16/11/10 Casodex for four weeks
30/11/10 First injection Zoladex

Woodworker
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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 90
   Posted 12/29/2010 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Dave

I had my done about 6 months ago. You have the easiest part to play during the surgery. You go to sleep then you wake up very thirsty. I have had literally more pain from a mild sprain to my ankle than I did from the DaVinci.
They rolled me into what they called the Operating Room, I couldn't see much. What little I could see reminded me of a small warehouse with a bunch of old electronic equipment that was going to be scrapped.

The extremely pretty nurse said something to me about giving me something to relax. The next thing I remembered was complaining that I was very thirsty and wanted some water.

Do as much walking as you can handle. I will help a lot. I was back to work part time after two weeks. The 3rd day back I went full time.

I wish you the best of luck.

Kevin
Age : 56
Diagnosed 3/29/2010
5mg Cialis daily
PSA 2.7; Gleasen (3+4) Biopsy 2 cores of 12 25% positive
DaVinci surgery 6/25/2010
Returned to work: 7/12/2010
Post Surgery
Final Biopsy report
5 slides of 35 were 2% positive for cancer
Clear Margins
Final Gleason (3+4)
Incontinence: None
ED: 5mg Cialis Daily
Just started on BIMIX. First results were very good

DJBearGuy
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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/29/2010 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
GTODave,

One advantage of robots is that they damp out the small tremor that all human beings have in their hands. Don't know if they know enough to damp out a hiccup, though.
I remember seeing the multiarmed machine as I was wheeled in. All the arms had plastic sleeves on them, no doubt for sanitation. No pretty nurses for me, just a bunch of us guys.

DJ
Diagnosis at 53. PSA 2007 about 2; 2008 4.3
Biopsy Sept 2008: 6 of 12 cores pos; Gleason 4+3 = 7
CT & Bone scan neg
Da Vinci at City of Hope Dec 8, 2008
Rad prostatectomy & lymph node dissection
Cath out on 7th day, in on 8th day, out again 14th day after neg cystogram
Path: pT2c; lymph nodes neg; margins involv; 41 grams,
PSA 1/08, 4/09,7/09, 10/09, 11/09,2/10 <0.01, 10/10 0.1

Julietinthewoods
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Total Posts : 309
   Posted 12/29/2010 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Wishing you the best, Dave! Remember...time passes so quickly. You will be back home before you know it. Read the stickies up above the posts, and you can have everything you need already on hand!

Let us hear...

Juliet

daveshan
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 363
   Posted 12/29/2010 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck, hope for a quick, dry, ED free and uneventful recovery.
Dave in Durango

wigged-out
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 130
   Posted 12/29/2010 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Best wishes, speedy recovery, and many a stiff-y!

Wigged O
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