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spinbiscuit
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   Posted 10/25/2006 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
We all welcome you and the family to our family, and hope that your husband is doing well after his surgery. The next few weeks of recovery will be a great time for walks, talks, exercise, and all the movies you wanted to see but didn't get the chance. So good luck, and if you have any questions we'll be here.
 
Glen

family4
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   Posted 10/26/2006 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Glen!

We found this website a few days after finding out our news.  It has been really helpful and I read so many things that really hit home.  It's nice to know that we are not alone in going through all of this.  It really touches a lot of lives.  The fact my husband is pretty young and hit with this has made a lot of people we know realize it needs to be checked earlier than most people think.  If we had waited until the usual "50" or so, that would have been too late.  It's a blessing our doctors are so cautious and we found this early.  Thanks for the Welcome!


Darla

 

My Husband was Diagnosed 9/22/06

*42 yrs old

*Abnormal DRE with nodule

*3+4=7 Gleason

*2.6 PSA

*3 of 9 cores on right positive, 6 on left negative

*Perineal prostatectomy 10/23/06

*Gleason came back 6 after path and confined to prostate
*Negative Bone and CT scan


jwtw
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   Posted 10/26/2006 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Family 4 Glad you found this site.  Hope you are on the road to recovery after your surgery.  You have some good things going for you, your age and general health.  Best Wishes, jwtw

family4
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   Posted 10/26/2006 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks jwtw!

My husband is doing really well and it's been only three days.  He gets the Foley out Monday.  That will be the next experience.  Hope that goes as well as everything else has so far.  He's been walking a lot and that seems to be the key.


Darla

 

My Husband was Diagnosed 9/22/06

*42 yrs old

*Abnormal DRE with nodule

*3+4=7 Gleason

*2.6 PSA

*3 of 9 cores on right positive, 6 on left negative

*Perineal prostatectomy 10/23/06

*Gleason came back 6 after path and confined to prostate
*Negative Bone and CT scan


bluebird
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   Posted 10/28/2006 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Darla,

Welcome to the family!!  We are very interested in the recovery/healing process that you and your husband will be going through.  We read about this procedure and have not met anyone who opted for this.  Isn’t it wonderful that we “had”/”have” options.

 

42 is young but the body heals faster so this is a plus… I always like to find the positives…. Because I make sure my positives out weigh my negatives.   yeah  

 

What part of the country do you live in?? 

 

Please let us know how things are going….  I am truly glad you joined us!  Now you can be a source of learning for others who may be looking at this procedure….I hope you stay with us.  Buddy and I are 7 months post-surgery … and we’re doing great!

 

You are both in our thoughts and prayers,

In New Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… 53 on surgery day

RRP April 3, 2006  PSA 4.6 Gleason 3+3=6  T2a Confined to Prostate

June 29th PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable  J

Personal Threads: If you pull 1 thing from our journey that helps you in your journey…… it will truly make our hearts happy!!! 

Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring, A Special Note for Loved Ones (Wives, Partners, & Caregivers), Give Yourself a Second Opinion, and Murphy ~ Our Special Helper.

Post Edited (bluebird) : 10/29/2006 8:19:42 AM (GMT-7)


family4
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   Posted 11/1/2006 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Bluebird,

Sorry it took me a while to get back to you but it has been non-stop here for us.

This past month or so has been crazy as I'm sure everyone here knows how it becomes when you find out one has prostate cancer. We also have two sons (6 & 8 year olds) that we are keeping up with too and have tried to keep life pretty much normal to them.

We live in Oklahoma City. The first Urologist we went to only performed the retropubic procedure. He's the one that performed the biopsy and the cysto. My husband also had CAT scans and bone scans ordered and they came back clear. When talking to a personal friend that works in the surgical area here in Oklahoma City, they recommended a doctor that specializes in the perineal procedure. We set up an appointment with him and have been totally pleased with the results with him. Due to the fact that my husband appeared to be in the early stages due to the PSA being 2.6, a Gleason of 3+4=7 at biopsy, clear CAT and bone scans, and a normal cysto procedure, this 2nd doctor felt that the perineal would be a good choice. He had surgery on Monday, October 23rd, he was released the next day. He was able to perform nerve-sparing on both sides. He had his catheter out last Monday and has had little incontinence problems. He had a little leakage last night but yesterday he was putting packed boxes in the attic while I was at work. Kinda overdoing it I might think.

The doctor we chose learned the retropubic procedure and taught that procedure up North. When he came here, the Urologist group he joined performs the perineal. He learned that procedure and has a lot of experience. This was also verified by my friend in the surgical field in which I give a lot of credibility. As it has been stated many times on this forum, the experience of the surgeon is very crutial no matter what method you choose. We firmly believe in this doctor after many hours of deliberation and we are happy with our choice.

I will be glad to keep you updated on how he is progressing as we go further down the road. It is definitely not an easy process for anyone. A lot of ups and downs but it is so nice to know that there are others that know exactly the feelings one goes through. If our experience and sharing of this procedure can help anyone, I think that is great. Everyone needs all the help they can get in choosing what might be right for them and as we all know, gathering all the knowledge you can get on this subject is the key.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone here on this site also!!

Darla & John

Darla

 

My Husband was Diagnosed 9/22/06

*42 yrs old

*Abnormal DRE with nodule

*3+4=7 Gleason

*2.6 PSA

*3 of 9 cores on right positive, 6 on left negative

*Perineal prostatectomy 10/23/06

*Gleason came back 6 after path and confined to prostate
*Negative Bone and CT scan


spinbiscuit
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 11/2/2006 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Darla & John,

Just a little word of caution here; don't let John strain himself so soon after surgery. Unfortunately for me I found out the hard way, and ended up back in the hospital twice! My recovery took an additional 3 months.

Glen

family4
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 11/3/2006 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Glen,
 
Thanks.  That is what I told him.  I had to have a hysterectomy last year and you can't over do it or it might throw you back a notch.  He seems to be doing really well so far.  Hasn't really had anymore noticable leakage since that night.  Maybe that was a little lesson for him to "not over do it".  I've told him that previously but perhaps he's a believer now.  yeah    His doctor really didn't put any restrictions on him but I told him that I didn't think the doctor would be thinking he'd be hauling boxes up in an attic 8 days after surgery.  That's what I'm here for.
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