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JayMan56
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   Posted 12/15/2006 2:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I wanted to get in this first post since the surgery took place Tuesday. It's now a few minutes past 4AM on Friday morning..... I just wanted to write my friends from this site to let them know I am in one piece before going into anything more extensive later. As I mentioned in another post, if I could rid myself of this gas pocket in my abdomen, I'd consider that one of the greatest events in the current history of mankind. Right now I just don't feel all that comfortable sitting here writing..... but you can bet there'll be more to follow........... I MADE IT!!! yeah
  • 56 year old male, divorced
  • Diagnosed: 10/12/06
  • Two of twelve samples contained malignent cells, Gleasons: 3+3=6, 3+4=7
  • Last PSA as of 11/5/06: 2.3
  • ReScheduled a DaVinci Robotic procedure for December 12th, 2006
  • In control, but partially terrified about the future
  • Click (or paste) this link to watch the DaVinci Procedure: http://www.or-live.com/ShawneeMission/1664/event/webcast.cfm?


GreenAcres
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   Posted 12/15/2006 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Here you are, JayMan! It's always good to get a report! Walk as much as you can without overdoing - that's supposed to help the gas buildup. I know the guys here will pop in and tell you all about the gas.

Congrats!
Husband age 65
PSA on 5/1/06: 4.2 (had doubled in 13 mos. and rising monthly)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06
T2a (at biopsy)
T4c (at pathology) w/cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/3/06 - undetectable!
Update: 11/1/06 - perhaps bladder neck involvement; 30%-50% chance of recurrence
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly for now
 


spinbiscuit
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   Posted 12/15/2006 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi JayMan56,

Glad to hear you have reached this side. Don't worry the gas in the abdomen will pass soon, and then the first bowel movement (also a significant event). Then you'll start feeling much better very quickly. The caution to you is when your appetite returns weight gain is an issue. I probably put on 10 pounds in 2 weeks before I regained some control of myself, and started to exercise more.

Soon you'll be in good shape, and ready for the Bowl Games. Give us up-dates when ever you feel good enough to sit in front of the computer. Have a speedy recovery.

Glen

 


Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 ot 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06
 


Rick54
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   Posted 12/15/2006 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi JayMan,

Welcome back!  Many of us remember that terrible gas - but we are living proof that there is "life after gas!"

Glad to hear you are in one piece.

 


Rick
 
Biopsy June 21, 2006
PSA 6.1, Gleason 3+3=6 in 4 of 12 cores
Radical Robotic Prostatectomy September 13, 2006
1st post-surgery PSA on October 19 = 0


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 12/15/2006 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
JayMan, You made it over the bridge! Ain't to bad on this side, sorry to hear about your gas. I don't remember any gas, but it was quite a while back for me.
Hang in there! Great hearing from you!
Your friend, Pete

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geobet1
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   Posted 12/15/2006 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Jay - Yep, gas is pretty much a fact of life with this surgery. My first day home last Thursday, I couldn't even lay down - didn't sleep at all that night. Just paced and paced and paced. Gas pressure that could fill a blimp and stomach rumbling that could wake the neighborhood. But, it will go away. Trust me. Usually before or with the first BM. DON'T force it! Just make sure you take stool softners and keep walking.

regards;

George


        Age 59 -  psa 2.5 to 4.5 in 11 mon.
 9-17-06: DRE - enlarged prostate & nodule L/S
10-10-06: Biopsy
10-17-06: Biopsy Report: 3+3, 3+3, 3+4 
10-30-06: CT & Bone Scan - OK
11-13-06: 2nd CT & chest X-ray - OK
11-28-06: Physical Therapy - Intro to Kegals
11-30-06: Pre-Op for Surgery
12-06-06: Robotic surgery
 
Cancer is what we HAVE
"Cancer SURVIVORS is who we'll be!!"


Tamu
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   Posted 12/15/2006 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Jayman,

Hey, you made it!! I guess I was one of the lucky ones as I did not have any gas pains at all. The nurses said that I was the exception. The more you get up and walk the better you will feel. I know it is cumbersome with hang but it sure helped me.

Tamu
Diagnosed 7/6/06
1 of 10 core samples, 40%
Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path
Gleason 3+3
Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear


lawink
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   Posted 12/15/2006 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Bob also had no gas pains, but we're sure that's because he can fart anywhere, anytime, anyplace as it is and was back at it very shortly after surgery!  tongue
 
His brother had the same gas build up complaint as Jayman and Tamu . . . .it sounds to me like if there's any major discomfort, it's usually GAS!! 
Bob (60) had laproscopic prostate surgery on Sept 27, 2006 - 2/12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.  Follow up PSA results and pathology results received Nov 14th are NO MORE CANCER!  Gleason changed to a 3 + 4; cancer completely confined to prostate; (even a second more agressive, previously undetected cancer)      PSA UNDETECTABLE.
 
Bob also takes Hydroxyurea to control Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) has secondary condition . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience or knowledge of these, please post us.


M. Kat
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   Posted 12/15/2006 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Jayman, I hope by now you are farting away and having a good BM. whoever would have thought I would be wishing that on someone?? :) take good care of yourself...kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test 0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
2nd post-surgery PSA test 0.1


JayMan56
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 61
   Posted 12/15/2006 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
MKat...... Thanks for the best wishes on the farting..... leave it to me to get everyone started on bodily gas discussion in the forum..... no boundaries to my intellect I tell ya!!!
 
First gas passed early this AM, and I just have to say.... What a relief!!!!
 
Trust me fellow posters, I will have something intelligent to say at some point...... tongue
Jay
  • 56 year old male, divorced
  • Diagnosed: 10/12/06
  • Two of twelve samples contained malignent cells, Gleasons: 3+3=6, 3+4=7
  • Last PSA as of 11/5/06: 2.3
  • ReScheduled a DaVinci Robotic procedure for December 12th, 2006
  • In control, but partially terrified about the future
  • Click (or paste) this link to watch the DaVinci Procedure: http://www.or-live.com/ShawneeMission/1664/event/webcast.cfm?


lawink
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   Posted 12/15/2006 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
So good to be hearing from you this soon Jay!  We always worry about our fellow forum travellers, so hearing from you this soon after surgery is a bonus!!  Continued good recovery (not to mention much GAS passing!) tongue

biker90
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   Posted 12/15/2006 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Jayman, good job!

Gas was a problem for me for about 2 days.  Couldn't tell if I had to pass gas or something more substantial so I ran back and forth from my bed to the bathroom a lot.  (Great post-op excerise.)  Its all gone now and I am busy doing Kegels and trying to distinquish and respond to the slightly different signals that my new plumbing is sending.

See ya......

Jim


Age 72. Diagnosed on 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Gleason 3+3 on both sides.
Clinical stage: T2B.
RRP on 12/7/06. Nerves intact and lymph nodes clean. Catheter and staples out on 12/13/06.
Pathological stage: T2B. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
First PSA will be on 1/3/2007


Jim-N1BRP
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   Posted 12/15/2006 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Bob, Glad you had a GOOD out come, scool

Swimom
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   Posted 12/15/2006 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
No noise comments. Just glad to have you on the mend tongue

jetguy
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   Posted 12/15/2006 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Why does my wife thind it's cute when the baby farts, but gross when I do? Congrats, JayMan.

Bill
Gleason 3+3=6, T1c, one core in twelve, another pre-cancerous.
62 years old and good health.  Married 37 years.  To same woman!


bluebird
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   Posted 12/15/2006 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Man oh Man.... That was a quick response...

Glad to hear from you Jay…..

 

With the price of gas ~ it would be nice to tap the resources “from you guys”…to help with the cost!!  Hee hee…..  tongue   

 

Take care…. Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… 53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

April 3, 2006   PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6  T2a  

Confined to Prostate   June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable


JayMan56
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 61
   Posted 12/15/2006 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I have so much to say, but not the energy to say it.... other than tell you all that I love you and thank you for your support..... Jay
  • 56 year old male, divorced
  • Diagnosed: 10/12/06
  • Two of twelve samples contained malignent cells, Gleasons: 3+3=6, 3+4=7
  • Last PSA as of 11/5/06: 2.3
  • ReScheduled a DaVinci Robotic procedure for December 12th, 2006
  • In control, but partially terrified about the future
  • Click (or paste) this link to watch the DaVinci Procedure: http://www.or-live.com/ShawneeMission/1664/event/webcast.cfm?


bluebird
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   Posted 12/15/2006 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   

J We love you ~ too!!

Take care of you!

We’ll be here when you feel up to posting.


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… 53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

April 3, 2006   PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6  T2a  

Confined to Prostate   June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable


Wicket
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 316
   Posted 12/15/2006 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear that you're on this side and you are getting rid of your gas...things will improve every day from now on.
Hugs!!!

Ellen
 
Curtis, 63, Diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
T1C
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10
Bone Scan Negative!!
 
DiVinci surgery done Oct 3, 2006
Catheter out Oct 11, 2006
After surgery T2C and cancer found on both sides instead of just one.
Pathology report came back clean!!!
 
First PSA test came back undetectable on December 7, 2006!!!!


56pontiac
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   Posted 12/16/2006 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
HIP HIP HOOOOORRRAYYYY !! YOU ARE NOW AMONG THE ELITE!! The gas wil go away. Mine was one big long and I mean big explosion it really felt good. You will get it over soon if not already congrats on coming over to this side.
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