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adderboy
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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 5/5/2011 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I have been lurking in the background since my PCa diagnosis in Feb. 2011. The stories and information provided by this site really helped with my decision to have surgery. So far, I have no regrets with my decision. Thank you everyone!

The only issue I have at the moment is numbness with two fingers and thumb of right hand. After surgery, there was no feeling in those fingers and palm. Feeling gradually came back but still tingly on the tips of fingers/thumb and will go numb if arm is bent for more than a few minutes. Anyone else have this problem after surgery?
Age: 55
PSA: 1.2
Dec 2010: Family Dr. found lump on routine physical (not there 1 year prior)
Feb. 6 2011 biopsy: 3 of 11 cores, T2a, Gleason 6 (3,3)
Urologist recommended "watchful waiting" ...back to my family doctor he recommended surgery.
Back to Urologist asked him to refer for third opinion (he did so reluctantly)
3rd opinion: Urologist recommends surgery
April 15: open radical prostatectomy
April 27: catheter removed...absolutely no ED issues and a little incontinence. Pathology report not ready. Dr. will call with results

Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25364
   Posted 5/5/2011 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome aboard, glad you found us.

I haven't heard of your problem before, but surely someone here has and will come along and try to help you. Please keep us posted of your journey, and good luck to you.

David in SC
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 margin
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, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81
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 9/10

Fairwind
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Date Joined Jul 2010
Total Posts : 3632
   Posted 5/5/2011 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey, that's interesting! At some point during my surgery and recovery, the little finger of my right hand went numb..It still worked okay, I could move it, but it had no feeling..Now, 6 months post-op, it's much better, just a little numb..

I remember the anesthesiologist saying he was going to inject something into my spine which would provide 6 to 10 hours of post-op pain relief and hopefully avoid the need for narcotic pain relievers. That turned out to be the case, I had no post-op pain..

I mentioned the numb finger to several doctors but none of them thought it was significant or that it was connected to my surgery...

Highwayman
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Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 148
   Posted 5/5/2011 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Adder
I know they strap you in some pretty contorted upside down positions on the table. Might have put some pressure on a nerve that will take months to heal. Good luck!
Mike
Age 48 w/diagnosed
10/06 PSA 3.0
11/06 PSA FREE %13.2
10/07 - 3.4
12/07 Biopsy-neg
1/09 - 4.6
6/09 - 5.8
2/10 - 8.7
7/10 PSA 10.8
8/2010 3rd biopsy GG 3+3=6, one of eight cores -2%
Lap 10/22/10 Dr. Troxel
Path- Neg Margins, Gleason 6, Nerves spared, 85 gm
Jan 20, psa < 0.1
April, pads only during heavy work, ed still an issue

adderboy
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Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 33
   Posted 5/5/2011 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
The anaesthetist did say after surgery the arm(s) are mobilized but they use gel pads to avoid this happening. The surgery was about 5 hours long so I guess this is bound to happen from time to time. I'm just a little paranoid because the fellow next to me in hospital walked in before his surgery but is now wheel chair dependent because of a "pinched" nerve one month post-op.

I don't have any issues with glucose or diabetes that I know of OhioState - Thanks
Age: 55
PSA: 1.2
Dec 2010: Family Dr. found lump on routine physical (not there 1 year prior)
Feb. 6 2011 biopsy: 3 of 11 cores, T2a, Gleason 6 (3,3)
Urologist recommended "watchful waiting" ...back to my family doctor he recommended surgery.
Back to Urologist asked him to refer for third opinion (he did so reluctantly)
3rd opinion: Urologist recommends surgery
April 15: open radical prostatectomy
April 27: catheter removed...absolutely no ED issues and a little incontinence. Pathology report not ready. Dr. will call with results

logoslidat
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 5656
   Posted 5/5/2011 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcom Adderboy, the 2 finger , thumb side of rt hand have been numb since a pinched nerve in neck vertabrea 5 years ago un related to surgery. As an earlier poster said might be fro pinched nervve fro position on table
Diagnosed 8/14/09 psa 8.1 66,now 67
2cores 70%, rest 6-7 < 5%
gleason 3+ 3, up to 3+4 @ the dub
RPP U of Wash, Bruce Dalkin,
pathology 4+3, tertiary5, 2 foci
extensive pni, prostate confined,27 nodes removed -, svi - margins -
99%continent@ cath removal. 1% incont@gaspass,sneeze,cough 18 mos, squirt @ running. psa std test reported on paper as 0.0 as of 12/14/10 ed improving

Architect
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Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 43
   Posted 5/5/2011 8:22 PM (GMT 0)   
Oh great - this issue has me very concerned. I've decided to have RALP, and am an architect....as in....I REALLY need the use of my fingers to draw.

I'll monitor this thread, and appreciate the OP posting it.
DX 4/26/11 (Age 36)

6/15/09 PSA 2.1
3/17/11 Lost Father to Complications of PC and Bone Cancer (Age 59)
3/30/11 PSA 2.5 & Abnormal DRE (Nodules felt) found during post-op for extracorporeal lithotripsy procedure
4/18/11 Biopsy
4/26/11 Biopsy Results = 3 of 12 Cores Positive (both lobes) with Gleason 6 (3+3)
5/5/11 CT & MRI = Negative for metastatic cancer
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