I'm new to the forum but used it before the surgery trying to improve my knowledge. 54 yo with no history of PC in family.
I was diagnosed 4/17 after an annual blood test that showed a PSA of 9.2. Followed up with a Free PSA after 15 days of antibiotics. That resulted in a PSA of 12. Biopsy showed 1.5 of 4 lobes (T2B) with a Gleason of 7 an a prostate at approx 42 grams. 4 of 12 cores positive.
I decided on da Vinci and that was done on 9/15/17. Surgery took 5 hours and it seemed to be nominal. Dr said he "took his time to get it right" (? would he do otherwise 🤔) Nerves spared, no rectum interference, etc. Pathology came back with good margins (although the Dr said prostate was bigger than shown when biopsy done ...) no seminal vessel or lymph node intrusion.
Now the recovery...over the last week, only issues are BMs with some roses/brown discharge around the cath (no blood in urine bag). I got off the narcotics as soon as possible and upped the colace dose. It's been 8 days since surgery and I'm a little worried about
the discharge. Not sure what my expectations should be but based on many post here, it seems it often happens. There is a little pain at the tip where the cath exits but this seems intermittent with movement. Cath is supposed to come out next Friday (9/29/17).
All sounds good but what I wasn't prepared for was the emotions (thank God for my wife). I guess the reality of PC all kind of hit me at once the first time I stood up after surgery. I'm ready to be done with this but I know it's a long road back.
Anyway, thanks to the group for all the information and being candid and willing to share you experiences. It's helped a lot. Let this journey begin...
54 yo DX 5/17
PSA 9.2 on 3/17, 12.1 on 4/17
BX 5/17 - 4 of 12, 2 lobes
de Vinci RALP - 9/15/17
Path-clear margins, no seminel or lymph intrusion
Post Edited (Tiger88) : 9/26/2017 7:05:24 PM (GMT-6)