Posted 11/26/2017 1:41 PM (GMT -7)
I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to find this group but happy to be here now. I thought my first post should tell my story which I’m sure is similar to many of yours. In Dec, 2016, at my annual physical, my PSA was found to be elevated at 6.3, up from 3.8 just a year earlier. My GP referred me to a urologist just to be safe even though I had no symptoms and DRE was negative. My urologist monitored my PSA level for about 6 months and, after no significant change recommended I have a biopsy which came back positive for PCa in 3 of 12 cores with Gleason score of 6 in all cores. Obviously not great news but at that point my urologist was optimistic that I was a good candidate for AS. To verify, he ordered a MRI which showed 2 fairly large lesions with PI-RADS of 4 (high risk for clinically significant cancer). Given the MRI results, I was advised by my urologist and GP to have a radical prostatectomy.
So, on October 30, a little over 2 months after diagnosis, I underwent RALP using the da Vinci robot. I spent the night in the hospital and went home to start my recovery with the help of my wonderful wife who has been a rock during this entire ordeal. A week later, at my follow up appointment, X-rays of my bladder revealed that it was safe to remove the Foley catheter which was a huge relief. My surgeon also had the final pathology report which was more good news: no positive margins and no lymph node involvement. It was the best news I had received in more than a year.
Now I’m almost 4 weeks post op and recovering nicely. Since the removal of the catheter, I have been fortunate that incontinence has been a very minor issue for me and I haven’t worn a pad in about 2 weeks now. ED is definitely an issue, but I’m hoping that will improve over time. My doc put me on sildenafil 40mg a day just 2 days ago and I guess we’ll go from there and see what happens.
So, that’s my story. I’m glad to be here and hope to be an active contributing member of the community. I’m happy to answer any questions for anyone who may be where I was a few months ago.