I'm brand new to this forum, but wanted to share with newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients that I had a great expereince in my own case with robotic laproscopic surgery. I was diagnosed in early Sept. 2010; my PSA was 6.2. My biopsy showed a Gleason score of 6, and detected cancer in less than 5% of the tissue in one of 12 samples. I just turned 48 years old. I'm a runner and in reasonably fit shape. The radiologist, who would have used a machine beaming radiation for 9 weeks, 5 days a week, was very helpful and her answers as to why I would consider radiation instead of surgery in the end helped me to see that in my case the surgery was the best option.
I had the surgery, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxl, just a bit over 6 weeks ago, in early December 2010. I chose xxxxxxxxxxxi because I was treated very well in his office, wasn't made to wait, and was impressed with his team approach and his confident yet caring manner. Also he was highly recommended. In contrast at my visit with xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. I just had my 6 week visit and am still awaiting my PSA results, but it turned out my cancer affected 65% of the prostate, was surrounded by at least 3 mm of healthy tissue, and hadn't broken out or spread to the lymph nodes. I am very glad I had the prostate out before the cancer had spread!
Like any prostate patient going in I guess, I had concerns about
continence and erectile function after the surgery, especially since I was suffering no symptoms whatsoever before the surgery and felt good. I'm happy to say that I've had very few issues with incontinence, mostly just leaking a drop sometimes when I cough or sneeze. I haven't had to use pads for 2 weeks now, and even when I used them it was really just an insurance measure--I never really leaked even from the beginning. As for erectile function, I got an erection a couple days after the surgery even when the catheter was still in! ( I hated the catheter by the way--but only had to have it for one week, thankfully). Less than 5 weeks after surgery my wife and I made love and it went great! No problems "keeping it up." I have been able to repeatedly achieve an erection that is basically as good as before the surgery, and it has gotten better and better over the past few weeks so I'm hopeful that it will get even better. My orgasms have been good--again, almost as good as pre-surgery. So I'm looking forward to a normal sex life with my beautiful wife.
All in all, I feel terrific. Went back to work about
3.5 weeks after the surgery. I'm a HS teacher and thus need a lot of energy. I have felt tremendous, energetic, and my abdomen feels almost completely healed. I go on my first run today, and I'm looking forward to it! So, I'd urge anyone out there deciding about
how to proceed after a PC diagnosis to strongly consider robotic laproscopic surgery. I am confident based on my pathology that I am very lucky to have made this choice, and to have made it early enough. I realize I'm awaiting my PSA results for next week, but I'm feeling good that those will come back fine. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxpost edited to remove 'spam' references by a first time poster
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