Surgery coming up on Tuesday, Aug. 8th. Just back from pre-op appointment. No real surprises as I have been very well informed fom all of you. I did keep my summer busy so not too think much about the surgery, but now it is only a few days away, can't help but think about it. No one told me about the day before surgery that you have to drink only fluids and take medication to clean out your system. My surgery is not until the next day at 12:30 so basically two days without food. I guess I will loose the last 5 pounds I wanted to.
I will be cancer free soon (hopefully). The interesting part, unlike most, I have a normal PSA of 1.4 (normal meaning less than 4). I guess it should be less than 0 after surgery. I was told about 20% of prostate cancers will not show up as an elevated PSA test. The nodule they felt (biopsy showed Gleason score of 6) and the low PSA, can sometimes indicate a more aggressive cancer. That reaffirmed my decision to do surgery and am thankful my routine physical caught it. They told me the number one thing is to get the cancer out, next to get control of my bladder (they think less than 3 months), and then they promised to be aggressive with helping me get back to normal erections. They made it clear that they will save the nerves but still those guys will be traumitzed and takes time to heal. They hope to start to see signs of improvement after 6 months, but can take up to 2 years for complete recovery. I have my younger age (41) on my side so I will hope for the best. I just mean probably better recovery from surgery than if I was 65. Of course I would have other options if I were 65.
Thanks for everyone's willingness to share their personal stories, experiences, and your support. Glen, good luck with the hernia surgery (again), and thanks bluebird, elpaso, swimom, and others for your comments. Daveed you're right behind me in this journey and Arb and MichaelM are just ahead. I now am wanting to be on the other side of the surgery as my anxiety rises a bit prior to Tuesday. I will let you know how it goes.