In a previous post I had mentioned that if a lymph node is positive, the surgery stops.
That use to be common, but no longer. I discovered with research outcomes were better on having the prostate removed, vs not, on positive lymph nodes. I went to the hospital today (pre surgery screening) and found out that was also true with me. A lymph node, along with the prostate will taken to be examined. A lymph node are not always taken, but will be in my case. It is usually done if the Dr feels there is a risk for lymph node invasion. According to predictive models my chance of lymph node invasion ranges from 1-3 %. I stand by the Dr on that decision.
Several places I have read about shaving prior to surgery at home, I recommend you don't do it. I base this on the the literature given to me by the hospital today. The literature said, if you scratch, cut, or shave burn where they need to operate, the surgery will be postponed. This is due to the increased chance of infection. I guess if your hairy you could mow the lawn a bit. I have very little if any hair, so its of little concern to me.
Age = 53
PSA = (2011)-JAN 4.8, FEB 4.7. MAR 4.2
Biopsy = April 2011
12 Core, 4 POS, 2 (3+3), 2 (3+4) All Left Side
Percetage on Positive Cores = 2 (40%) 1 (70%) 1 (90%)
PNI = Not Ppresent
Da-Vinci Surgery = 23 May 2011